Western Digital have released a network hard-drive that will not actually allow you to share certain file types.
Network Storage System for Remote Access and Sharing
1 TB, Ethernet
Anywhere, Anytime Access
Share Photos and Files
Share and access your data anywhere, anytime, even when your local computer is off.
Well, that's not entirely true is it? As The Register reports, you can only share and access data that Western Digital allows you to share and access.
A kindly Reg reader tipped us off that the remote-access HDD won't share media files over network connections. Which is, as you can see here, the entire stinking point of it.
It's a scary world full of potentially unlicensed media. We're fortunate there's a hard drive vendor willing to step forward and do some indiscriminate policing for us.
WD's list of banned file types encompasses over 35 extensions. This includes AAC, MP3, AVI, DivX, WMV, and QuickTime files. And - why not? — Windows TMP files too.
The storage device is billed as a "surprisingly simple and secure way to access and share data and photos" using your home or office network. And technically that's true — namely, the "way" in question is not letting you do it. Abstinence is simple and secure. You've got to hand it to Western Digital.
If you must have the drive, you could work around the crippled WD Anywhere Access client app. Or be satisfied sharing your impressive collection of .doc files. But this is — supposedly — a remote access hard drive.
So what's the point if WD is going to use a shotgun feature killing technique and assume there isn't a legitimate and legal reason to share an AVI file? (Hello, digital camera).
Do you, like my brother, make your own music and want to share it? Tough shit.
Have you make a film of your holiday and want to share it? Tough shit.
Want to share a podcast you've made? Tough shit.
A legitimate training video? Tough shit.
Due to my massive print files, I eat through hard drive space quite quickly and have quite an impressive array. Suffice to say, the next time I need a hard drive, Western Digital can get to fuck.