July 22, 2006 Popular music viewed over time becomes the soundtrack of our life, so it makes sense that our music collection should continually grow. So for those with extensive collections, or who’ve been around a while, the new range-topper from Olive Media Products’ OPUS range of home media servers might be useful. Now available in a whopping 750 GB version and costing US$3,999, the 750 GB OPUS will enable users to store more of their music in lossless quality – roughly 2,100 CDs in total. Like the smaller family members which run from 400GB through 500 GB, the top-of-the-range music server runs completely silently without a fan, an important feature in this market. In addition, the high-end OPUS line uses a sophisticated frame concept with 8 individual bearings to cancel out the natural vibration --and the resulting hum-- of the hard drive.
The growth in digital entertainment content and the maturing of key industry initiatives for media networking are fueling the popularity of digital media servers in the home, according to a new study from ABI Research. These trends will result in the transformation of existing products such as PCs and set-tops into whole-home media servers. Driven by the efforts of Microsoft, Intel and Apple, the PC media server market alone will grow from US$3.7 billion in 2006 to $44.8 billion by 2011 as mainstream PCs become fully functional media servers.