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I just today set up a Western Digital TV Live box to be used specifically for music on my system. I've gotta say 'I love it!'.

This thing plays .flac, .wav files via optical connection to receiver. I have a 1 TB external hdd with loads of uncompressed music that I can finally (easily) play without a pc running. Comes with a remote too, how sweet is that? OSD is not too shabby. Not to mention, it does video and can be used as a network mapped drive for easy transferring too.

I am wondering why this device is not standard issue these digital days?

meaning; why everyone doesn't own one?


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http://www.westerndigital.com/en/pro...sp?DriveID=735
 

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I think you have hit on a weak marketing effort by WD - not to mention their efforts are very confusing to the average user. Most folks just do not have a clue how the device works and what it is really for.


I have worked with computers since, well let's say you had to watch your step around dinosaur poo, and I had to do quite a bit of non-WD research to get a clue what the hell the device was for.


a case of "good product" and crappy marketing
 

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There is a big users thread on this device over in the media section.


I own one myself and its great for plugging in a USB drive and selecting movies. I wish it could read my network and play the VOBs off the network instead.


I personally like my full house solution for about $2000!



Here is the forum.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=39


Its also not the only device (I have bought them all) There is the Patriot box, the Popcorn device, and so on.
 
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