In his recent TAS article on music servers Steven Stone makes a case for using an Apple TV as a server.
As someone trying take the plunge to a computer/server for digital playback, I'm just wondering why specifically the Apple TV as opposed to the Mac Mini or MacBook?
Also, a related question is this: If my music is stored on a separate hard drive, does the music need to stream through one of these devices? Can I store all my music on a separate hard drive, like say the Apple Time Capsule and playback from this drive, as opposed to the drive on an Airport/Mini/MacBook? What are the available connections from these devices and which one is recommended?
I feel like a need a grade-school level primer on all of this. Any suggestions for where to access this type of information?