Crucially, HP’s MediaSmart device works with Apple’s iTunes, which will increase its appeal to those with extensive existing music and video clip libraries who don’t want the hassle of having to port it all over to a new library system. HP explains: “Because it acts as a shared server, it does not count towards the number of devices that are allowed by iTunes to play music in the household.
“iTunes sharing starts at the individual PC. When enabled, the iTunes library on the PC is periodically
polled to discover newly added music or playlists. When new music is discovered, the music files are copied to the iTunes library on the HP MediaSmart.”
Nor is the HP MediaSmart server limited to the initial 500GB or 1TB capacity you purchase. HP includes three spare internal 3.5in hard drive bays and can accept five external ones so you can prime the Home Media Server with up to 9TB of hard disk space –even the most avaricious video downloader won’t be filling that in a hurry.
The HP Home Media Server connects to an existing home network and, as well as offering up content locally over the home network, can be accessed and administered via the Remote Desktop protocol.
HP’s MediaSmart Home Server goes on sale in the UK from 1st December.
Further Home Media Server products are set for launch by others, including Medion and Iomega, in the coming months.
For further details, see www.hp.com/uk.