Yes to each their own @whsbuss … although I am tired of all this Apple vs Android mentality as even my own kids shuts me up with “oh you are such an Apple Fan boy” whenever I try to tell them that I no longer spend whole days on upgrading my computer to the next version nor do I stay stuck with an older OS like Windows 7 because Microsoft decided that I needed a tablet interface for my desktop PC that I don’t want.
My Mac OS upgrades takes less than half hour each time and every version is free. I can’t even tell my kids that I haven’t got a virus or adware for the last 7 years without them interrupting me saying “oh I don’t get virus or adware either” except they do because they say things like “I don’t know why my system is so slow, I think I need a new PC” or “I don’t know why all my files are corrupted?” … and I say nothing these days… because at their age of 30, they are always right and their father who has been building PCs since their childhood is now an Apple Fanboy and knows absolutely nothing… yes… I know nothing…
The thing is, at this point in time my Android OS with netflix, google Music Play and all media tools are all FREE and it does its job.
It isn’t really “to each his own” and if I had a choice in getting a Sony TV with an Apple OS versus a Sony TV with Android, then yes “to each his own” would apply because @Bennor and @cpt_paranoia would select the Android Sony TV and I would select the Apple Sony TV despite the fact that I would be locked in Apple’s Garden with probably no Kodi in the App store.
I’m simply going with the flow and not wanting to spend $250 with tax for something that I may or may not use. Right now I hit one button on my remote (power on) and selecting google music play and music starts playing; no fuss no muss. The App remembers what playlist I played last and stays saved with the App. Thus I can use the Netflix app and still come back to my music app with a single click and play.
With my Apple TV (I do have the 4th gen, just not the 4k version), I have to hit Menu and wait for all my systems (TV and receiver) to sync up (turn on) taking about 5 seconds, then I have to cursor over to music which doesn’t cursor because I’m holding the Apple remote upside down 10 seconds, then I have to figure what playlist to play. If I change activities like VLC, I have to choose my playlist again later on because I would have had to back out of music 4 or 5 menus deep.
However with that said… right now I’m listening to my Apple TV 4th gen music and it sounds fuller and clearer?
There are a lot of reasons of buying a Apple TV 4k but for the average consumer who just bought a new Sony 4K HDR TV that has built in Netflix and other media functions, isn’t going to rush out and buy the new Apple TV 4k, or will they? I have no idea but the only reason that I bought the 4th gen Apple TV two years ago was at that time I did not have a smart TV. After buying the Smart TV, I never turned on my Apple TV again and that was a year ago.
Today I’m still debating on whether to get an Apple TV 4k for the following reasons:
- AC Wifi. My Sony Netflix sometimes stutters in 4k HDR and it might be possible that I might not be getting the full 4k HDR experience along with Atmos Dolby because of just the standard Wifi
- Apple TV up-converting with HDR. I’m fairly sure my Sony TV is doing a wonderful job on the up-conversion but because of the slow Android system I’m a bit dubious on how well it is up-converting.
- UI Response. The 1 to 2 second lag on hitting a button on the remote to the time the TV responds sometimes drives me nuts like hitting the power button to turn off my TV. I can literally hit the power button, walk to my desk 10 feet away, sit down and take a sip of my tea before the TV goes click followed by a click on my receiver (linked by CEC). In comparison, I can shut down my Apple TV 4th gen in real-time button click (this is something I use to get with my old TV). I swear that the Apple remote is reading my fingertips.
- Apple Music vs Google Music Play? I swear that Google truncates my music (songs ending abruptly) after loading them to Googles cloud. Also since I’m on Google’s free tier are they giving back the full 320kbps that I uploaded?
- If I was to subscribe to a streaming service, most likely I would subscribe to Apple since I have the whole Apple family of devices.
Okay I can really tell you that streaming my music from my Apple TV is way clearer than by Google Music Play. Remember that I am using Googles Free tier so knowing how corporations work it doesn’t surprise me that my music might be returning to me in 96kbps format as sometimes I really find myself annoyed at the music and I don’t know why.
I am a great music aficionado and when great music plays from time to time on a random playlist, I would look up from my desk and say “oh wow”. Music coming from my Apple TV has just done that to me twice in the last half hour that I’ve been listening to it. Solid bass that just rocked my living room.
I think what I am going to do is head over to Costco to pick up an Apple TV 4k just for the fun of it and compare it to Android system on my TV. If anyone wants to know how they compare, ask me, otherwise I think I’m going to shut up about this.