Summary: Doesn't play iTunes content on iOS8 devices. From the time I purchased (July 2014) until iOS8 was released, this device was great. Load a ton of content (iTunes movies, TV shows, music, home movies, photos, etc.) and multiple family members could access it all through Media app (great for long trips). After iOS8 (Oct) though, no iTunes content will play, which makes it pretty useless for me except as an expensive paperweight.
Summary: Streaming songs and pictures was straight forward. It has taken me a while to figure out the movies however (I think). But I finally get it to stream wirelessly the movies I bought through iTunes. Unfortunately, it seems to work with iOS BEFORE 7.2.1, NOT AFTER. I get it to play on my iPhone which has iOS 7.1.1; but not on my iPad mini which has iOS 8.1.2. I found a reply from Seagate on one of the Q&A.
At present. ITunes DRM protected videos are currently not ...
Roger Kahn, Amazon
11 December 2014
Summary: At present. ITunes DRM protected videos are currently not playing on iOS 7.2.1 and iOS 8 devices when the files are saved to this device. Seagate and Apple are aware of this but there in no fix yet. The drive is a solid device with plenty of storage. I hope that Seagate will get it working shorlty.
Excerpt: This is great for using as an external storage drive, but you cannot (says so on the box) use it for time machine back-up. It comes formatted for Windows/PC, but the install was still easy on a Mac. We haven't been able to get the wireless portion working, which may be a result of our using a mac not a pc.
Pros: Attractive Design, Compact, High Capacity, Portable, Quiet
Summary: Just received this product. So easy to set up with my IPad Air. Positives: Has a built in battery so if you are on the move you can still play your movies. Negatives: The Seagate software does play many file types, so just make sure you have VLC installed and access the video content through the local network, if needed. Great for view Microsoft Office documents too. Definatly, the way to go if you wanted to extend your storage space for your IPad.
Excerpt: I hate! The connection failed at all times I used. After the connection fails, the device is not recognized, so do not reestablish the connection until you restart the iphone, computer or tablet. It does not have an efficient system to turn off. Even if you do not want to use the device remains active wasting the battery (would last 10 hours...).
Cons: Difficult To Use, Inefficient, Unreliable, Unstable