An interesting FCC filing has revealed Seagate’s plans to build a hard drive that would bring us built-in WiFi capability and will also feature its own battery to operate cable-free for several hours.
The Seagate GoFlex Satellite is a portable hard drive that will allow you to stream music, videos and other content directly to your iOS devices by leveraging a companion app called GoFlex Media.
According to the FCC filing, the new hard drive supports 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and it also features a 3.7V battery. In addition, Seagate has also included a USB 3.0 port, which allows you to charge the device and also connect it with wires whenever needed. Seagate also plans to release a “GoFlex Media” iOS application that will let you enjoy and stream your content from the new portable hard drive without using cables.
Sure, Amazon and Google have released their respective cloud based “media locker” services. However, each service has its pros and cons.
Amazon’s cloud service allows you to store a minimum of 5GB of files on the web for free, but most likely your media content will exhaust the free storage and will force you to upgrade to tiered plans for 50GB, 100GB, 200GB, 500GB and 1TB, which will set you back $1 per year for every gigabyte of storage.
Google’s Music service, initially will be available in the United States only and strictly by invitation. The service will be offered free of charge but there is no word on storage limits or possible costs following the beta program. Accessing the system will also require a browser that supports Flash, which means iOS is left out without an option yet again.
Apple is expected to unveil their so called “iCloud” service during their WWDC event next month. Although it is not clear yet, many have speculated that Apple’s service could cost you around $20 per year.
Considering all options, perhaps, Seagate’s GoFlex Satellite may be an acceptable option for folks looking to stream their media content via a one-time payment solution that will not require too much space around the house or inside their bags.