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I have my Apple TV linked to my iTunes library stored on a network storage device by linking to my laptop. I would like to point my Apple TV directly to the iTunes library on the storage device without linking through the laptop. Is there an easy way to do this?

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(Assuming you have an Apple TV 2…) You can't do it without jailbreaking.

Once you do that, you just need to run Plex or XBMC. I only have experience with the former, but we're very happy with the results.

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This cannot be done with a standard AppleTV. It may be possible with a jailbroken Apple TV or if you put something like XBMC onto it.

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