Better hard drive integration. One limitation of most computer based 'servers' I see is having to either have an external enclosure (or what not), etc to get the amount of space you get from a server. It's all managed well and in once place with a music server. Granted this is something you can do with a computer based set up no doubt but it's much more trouble that way.
Plus...you can just stick a music server on the same rack as the rest of your gear and be good to go. Not the easiest thing to do with a computer.
A Mac Mini based 'server' was something I had considered before but the biggest limitation is hard drive space. Most people that use servers have 4-5tb of music files and that's a lot harder to manage once you go over maybe 2 at this time in technology.
Thanks for that MorbidToaster! I will check it out. In that case, I would rather go with a full IMac as a music server. Or for a small form factor, maybe a Mac mini?
But I doubt W4S's product has no benefits on top of a Mac mini setup. Maybe i can't see it. Can anyone point me to the additional benefit of using a dedicated music server?