Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Gear-Fi: Non-Audio Gear and Gadgets › Any info on a Kingston Wi-Drive? Or any portable hard drives? Apple Lossless advice.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Any info on a Kingston Wi-Drive? Or any portable hard drives? Apple Lossless advice.

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Im thinking on getting a 32 gb Kingston Wi-Drive for my 5th generation 32 gb Ipod touch but I'm not sure how it works or if it works. Your supposed to be able to transfer files to and from the hard drive anytime any place with or without a computer through an app but like i said I'm not sure. Also if your not in a place with wi-fi its supposed to create one of its own which I'm also confused about. Can someone confirm all this or provide more info please?

 

Does anyone know of any other portable hard drives that can connect directly to an Ipod touch with the feature I listed above? Either cheaper or better?

 

I dont really have my own computer so i do all my music downloading on my ipod touch that's why I'm thinking on getting the wi-drive. I'm not sure how Apple Lossless works still and I'm not sure if a full library of Apple lossless files will fit on my 32 gb Ipod touch. Can someone let me know if I should even get another Hard-drive or upgrade it to 64 gb?

 

Any advice is helpful and appreciated thanks!

post #2 of 5

A couple of things to clarify. First, you don't transfer data to and from the device. You may be able to send files to the device, but the most you're likely able to do with the Wi-Drive is stream. That meaning, if you put your music on there, you have to connect to it via the app and the app will play your music, not the music app on your iPod. This has to do with sandboxing in iOS.

 

As for upgrading or not, the sad truth is that, unless you have an external DAC/AMP for you iOS device, the sound isn't going to really benefit from the lossless audio. You might as well use iTune's conversion on transfer abilities to turn it into 256 AACs and fit more on your device, if all you're doing it for is music.

 

However, for the best experience you'd probably want to go with a new iPod. The reason being the 64 GB version would let you have all the music on the device, instead of two. That means one less device to carry around, on less device that needs power, and you wouldn't have to connect the two whenever you wanted to listen to some music. This last part is particularly important because most people think it's a bluetooth connection and, with competing products, it's wifi. The drive creates it's own private hotspot for you to connect to and then shares files over wifi. The major downside of this (aside from power) is that you're now cut off from the rest of the net.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post

A couple of things to clarify. First, you don't transfer data to and from the device. You may be able to send files to the device, but the most you're likely able to do with the Wi-Drive is stream. That meaning, if you put your music on there, you have to connect to it via the app and the app will play your music, not the music app on your iPod. This has to do with sandboxing in iOS.

 

As for upgrading or not, the sad truth is that, unless you have an external DAC/AMP for you iOS device, the sound isn't going to really benefit from the lossless audio. You might as well use iTune's conversion on transfer abilities to turn it into 256 AACs and fit more on your device, if all you're doing it for is music.

 

However, for the best experience you'd probably want to go with a new iPod. The reason being the 64 GB version would let you have all the music on the device, instead of two. That means one less device to carry around, on less device that needs power, and you wouldn't have to connect the two whenever you wanted to listen to some music. This last part is particularly important because most people think it's a bluetooth connection and, with competing products, it's wifi. The drive creates it's own private hotspot for you to connect to and then shares files over wifi. The major downside of this (aside from power) is that you're now cut off from the rest of the net.

Thanks man this was really helpful! Plus you just saved me $130 bucks haha

post #4 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by GabeGz View Post

Thanks man this was really helpful! Plus you just saved me $130 bucks haha

 

Well, I did and I didn't. If you want more space you still need to upgrade your iPod Touch, which will cost you something.

 

That being said, there are other benefits to these devices. For example, the one by Seagate allows you to have a large collection of movies that can be played on your iPad which aren't iTunes-friendly formats (such as MKV).

post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougofTheAbaci View Post

 

Well, I did and I didn't. If you want more space you still need to upgrade your iPod Touch, which will cost you something.

 

That being said, there are other benefits to these devices. For example, the one by Seagate allows you to have a large collection of movies that can be played on your iPad which aren't iTunes-friendly formats (such as MKV).

 

Yeah I'm just gonna stay to the capacity of the source like you said then upgrade to higher capacity if I need to.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Gear-Fi: Non-Audio Gear and Gadgets › Any info on a Kingston Wi-Drive? Or any portable hard drives? Apple Lossless advice.