Originally expected to release at the end of February, the launch of AppleTV has been pushed back to mid-March. What’s the outlook? Will AppleTV flourish or fail? I think that compared to Windows Media Center, it doesn’t stand a chance, however as Apple has show through time, it’s all about the marketing. Right now, I’d be willing to bet that more people know about AppleTV than about Windows Media Center. The difference? AppleTV hasn’t even been released yet and Windows Media Center has been out for over 3 years. Microsoft is sitting on a goldmine, they just need to push their product better. Forget the Zune and the stupid commercials for it… the people have chosen the iPods. Move on, and start pushing the Windows Media Center PC.
From a usability standpoint, I expect AppleTV to be extremely simple and user-friendly, however, I also think that Microsoft has already crossed that bridge. Windows Media Center is powerful and easy to navigate, I’ve been using it for years to manage and play all my music, videos and picture through my television – the new version that comes with Windows Vista is just a bonus.
Any thoughts on AppleTV vs. Windows Media Center?