This is that weird part of YouTube where you think, "Um... what the f is this?" I found myself here a few weeks back. My first reaction was to laugh and say, "Ha... no thanks." Wait... let me back up, set context. I have trouble sleeping. I've tried everything. Ambien, melatonin, Benadryl, ZzzQuil, and so on. I've tried staying off the computer before bed. Nothing works, and... I hate taking meds. Oh, I sleep... but only 4 hours or so. I am, therefore, open to anything that promises to help me sleep better. So I tried these videos... thinking it would just be more amusing than anything else. Wow. Maybe it's a placebo effect. Don't know. All I can say is... these definitely help me fall asleep. They call it "ASMR" for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It's all about sound. Whispering is key. If you have trouble sleeping... watch these videos. It's a playlist I created of some of my favorite ASMR videos. Trust me.
In case you were looking to buy one of these things, I figured I'd do a quick review. I have both devices. Apple TV is $99 and Chromecast is $35. Apple TV is more like Roku (remote, channels, etc.). They're both easy to set up. Apple TV is bigger, but it also does a lot more. You get all the Apple content, of course (iTunes, photo sharing) and stuff like Netflix, HuluPlus, HBOGo, Vimeo, sports, etc.,. Apple TV has AirPlay... which means that you can stream content from your iPhone, iPad (or newer Mac) to the TV (think giant projector). Chromecast streams, as well... but that's all it does. There are no channels and it only works with certain apps... Netflix, YouTube, HBOGo, HuluPlus, Pandora, and Chrome. Sounds similar to Apple TV, but it's slightly different. Why would I have both? Well... curiousity more than anything else. I like gadgets.
I have a 60" plasma in the living room. They're both plugged into it. I have a 2007 24" iMac in my bedroom. AirPlay doesn't work on old Macs. Chromecast, however, does. It's just a Chrome extension. So... if I'm in my bedroom and want to stream something to the TV (Viooz, for example - a site that's hard to navigate on an iPhone... and requires Flash)... I turn Chromecast on via the browser and watch from the living room. It's not perfect. Streaming anything from another device can often be a bit choppy or slow, depending on your connection. If all you want to do is view YouTube content, Chromecast wins. You don't need a remote, so that saves a step (though, like Apple TV, you need to switch the input first). Just open the app on your phone and push the little Chromecast icon. If you want to watch Netflix, Apple TV is better. The Netflix channel is just a better experience (same with iTunes content). Got an older computer and want to surf the Web on your TV? Get Chromecast, because Apple TV sucks in that regard. Too much pinching and zooming... and it's never full screen (via iOS, that is).
Look... at $35, Chromecast is hard to pass up. Do not get Apple TV now, though. Rumor has it that they're going to release a newer one this year that may offer gaming and built-in cable channels. Get Chromecast for now. Again, if you have an older computer and use the Chrome browser... or watch Netflix and YouTube, it's an easy choice. You also don't need to bother with another remote. If you're a gadget freak like me, get both. Get a 60" TV, too. Baller.
Oh... if you don't want to get Chromecast, but still want to watch Viooz (or anything that requires Flash... like porn), just buy the Puffin app for iOS. For $2, it's pretty awesome. I've streamed lots of movies to the TV that way (just make sure you charge your phone while watching the movie or the battery will drain quickly... and pause for a few minutes to let it buffer first).