I’d like to encourage anyone who has a MyBook Live and an iOS device to go to the app store and check out the new WD 2go app. It is very cool and also free(!).
“What is it?” you ask? It’s basically a file browser utility that lets you access your Shares. And you can access them from your home network or from the Internet cafe across town. It streams MP3s and certain kinds of videos (.MOV, .M4V, .MP4)(although in my experience this works much better on my local network than over the Internet. As you might imagine, it’s all going to depend on whether the Internet Bandwidth Gods are loving you).
It’s a seriously wonderful app and WD is to be commended for supplying it to us *for free*. Which kinda makes me feel nikulturi because I have a few minor complaints:
The app’s look and feel itself seems a bit rushed. Not a big deal, but something this cool, I wish it looked super-posh.
I had mixed experiences with the PDF viewer: sometimes it worked great, other times it was awful. Maybe a future version of WD 2go could hand off PDFs and other such docs to GoodReader or other apps that are specialized for reading those formats?
When I was out testing at the coffee shop, video playback was unusable. I wish the video player could buffer a substantial amount of video data – I wouldn’t mind waiting a few minutes for the video to start if it would then play smoothly through the end (others may disagree).
Finally, a question: is WD 2go streaming its video and audio via DLNA? Or will I still need TwonkyServer if I want to view video on my XBOX360?
Again, my thanks to everyone at WD who worked on this awesome app. Oh, one more thing, notice that the new firmware allows you to automagically back up and sync one MyBook Live onto another one on the same local network. Another very cool and highly useful feature.