In its current form, the Apple TV won’t follow in the world-altering footsteps of the iPod. With its simple setup, superb streaming, ease of use, and quality output, it’s a great piece of gear, but it will have more-limited appeal than the iPod largely because of the nature of DRM (digital rights management) and video. Music is widely available in unprotected form, so consumers can easily convert their CDs into digital files that they can consume through a device such as the iPod. Conversely, video content is highly protected. It takes a measure of technical know-how and patience to convert a library of DVDs to a format compatible with the Apple TV. Add to this the fact that DVDs offer advantages the Apple TV doesn’t–5.1 channel audio, higher resolution, and the kinds of extras that a movie purchase through the iTunes Store doesn’t provide–and it’s clear that the Apple TV isn’t for everyone.