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Apple TV Screen Saver – where does it pull files from?

I have all of my iPhoto library stored on a separate drive attached to my iMac. I only do this because I have a small hard drive on it and can’t fit everything on the internal one. Anyway, that drive fried on me – I had it backed up using Time Machine, so it was no big deal. I thought that the screen saver wouldn’t work on the Apple TV because all of my photos were unavailable. This wasn’t the case, though – and it showed tons of pictures from over the last 10 years! I couldn’t believe it. How was it able to do this? Did it stream them from my Time Capsule? It seems unlikely. How was it able to do this? I am so puzzled.
Kevin Durr

Comments: 2 Responses to “Apple TV Screen Saver – where does it pull files from?”

    10 years ago

    It probably synced TV-resolution versions of all of your photos to the Apple TV. Maybe just a selection of them. So even though the originals were unavailable, it still had some local copies to use. That’s my guess, anyway.

    10 years ago

    Agreed Gary. I assume he is talking about first generation Apple TV and it works like any iPod/iPhone sync with iTunes in that unless you specify a new “photo library” to sync with Apple TV, it will just continue to keep those photos synced over on Apple TV. Have you tried looking in the “My Photos” section of Apple TV? my guess is your photos are still there.

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