has only been shipping for a short time, but already one shortcoming has been voiced by many owners — its relative dearth of hard disk space. While
information is available
on how to upgrade the disk yourself, some users may not feel comfortable with the process. That’s where
comes in. The company’s upgrades run from 60GB to 160GB total capacity, from $195 to $295 depending on size.
The Apple TV ships with a 40GB hard disk. And while it can stream content from Macs that it’s connected to over a network, it will also attempt to synchronize content for faster access. The Apple TV hard disk is smaller than the iTunes libraries of some users.
MacService sends a courier to pick up your Apple TV; a technician then installs the new drive and transfers the data over from your old drive. After the upgrade is completed the Apple TV is tested and then returned back to you; all upgrades are done within 24 hours of receipt. MacService warranties the hard drives they use for three years.
Your Apple TV’s original 40GB hard drive is returned to you; you can use it as a backup drive, for example. What’s more, MacService replaces the factory until, which operates at 4200RPM, with a faster 5400RPM unit instead.