I knew Apple hated you if your hardware was old, but I didn’t think iTunes hated you too! Apparently, if you want to watch HD TV shows using iTunes you are going to need at least a 2.0ghz Core 2 Duo processor. Now I don’t know about you, but 2 of my 3 Macs (purchased within the last 2 years) do not meet this requirement. And to be perfectly honest, I’m a little offended! One of the two is a 2-year old MacBook PRO. The Applecare hasn’t even expired on that bad boy and already I need to upgrade if I want to watch HD on it. Wow.
I plan on doing some further testing of this to verify, hopefully the dire warning is all smoke and mirrors. If there is a true limit I may need to go ape on somebody’s face.
UPDATE: News of iTunes 8 ridiculous hardware requirements were greatly exaggerated. I tested HD TV shows on a 1.83ghz Core 2 Duo Mac mini and a 2.0ghz Core Duo MacBook Pro and in both cases the episode played without issues.