Look, the Play was obviously introduced to meet a PRICE POINT ($70) so since it COSTS LESS than the other models, it stands to reason it ought to DO LESS, and it does.
>>> You’re saying it’s harder or, essentially more expensive, for WD to make a product that can read from a normal network share (circa 2006 ), than it is to use DLNA?
I never said anything like this. See my comment at top – that says it all.
>>> And, again, I have two products MANY years older that do this just fine.
I do too – two WD Live Plus players.that cost more than the Play and do more, too.
>>> That is illogical.
Logical or illlogical, what does it matter? As stated the product was brought out to meet a price point; exactly like the iPad Mini was. It’s for people who want an iPad, but don’t want to “spend all that money” for the standard model.
>>>> Edit: I assume you know the other boxes are being EOL’d and they fudged usb storage support among other things in that release.
Know nothing about this, so give us a URL we can click on to find out about this development.
Suggestion: If you are unhappy with your purchase of the Play, get a refund and buy the unit that will meet your needs.