October 07, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
Western Digital keeps cranking out its WD TV Live line. Last year, we got to test out the company’s Western Digital WD TV Live Hub. Now, they’ve announced that the company is cranking out Spotify.
Supposedly, the Wi-Fi-enabled media player is the first of its kind to be able to deliver Spotify. Just know that it is the Spotify Premium service, which costs $5 a month. Free users are out of luck.
That addition of Spotify allows you to stream about 15 million tracks, on demand, up to 320kbps. If you’re not signed into Spotify yet, there are plenty of other streaming services available, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, CinemaNow, Pandora, YouTube, Faceook, and more. It also streams content from any networked or connected device, such as a PC, a USB drive, or a camera. Last, but certainly not least, the WD TV Live supports video up to 1080p.
“WD is committed to providing our customers with a premium entertainment experience that includes seamless streaming of personal media and the best of the Internet directly to the highest quality screen and sound system in the home,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager for WD’s Branded Products and Consumer Electronics groups. “By marrying advanced features of the new wireless WD TV Live with quality content from service providers, including a first of its kind service with Spotify, we are excited to deliver on that commitment.”
The WD TV Live is available now for $99.99. If you already have the box, it looks like it’s a pretty easy software upgrade. If not, you can also opt for the WD TV Live Hub, which adds in a built-in 1 TB hard drive for $199.99.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.