Most of the conversation here seem to center around using an external drive to store movies, but my interest is storing music, and what I want is a nice music playing interface, along the lines of the classic itunes approach, where I can select music by artist, album, genre, recent additions, rating, etc. Does anything do this?
Some of the screen shots I've seen just seem to provide a massive list of files. That might be okay for storing 100 movies, but not 10,000 songs! (My goal is to eventually rip my entire 1000+ CD collection.) So there's no point to 500 gigabytes of music storage unless the app allows you to manage the library in some way. So I'd like to hear about some of the software that works with these devices, and not just info about the hardware itself. Is anyone using high capacity external storage for music? How is it working out? Is the software that comes with the device good, and/or is there a third-party app that works well with it?
One feature I'd really like is the ability to rate a song while it is playing. Easy on the old iPods. Can I do this with any app that works with any of these external devices?