XiVA, which is part of Imerge, claims that its new network attached storage device, the musicm8, 'rips, store and streams content easily to their' 1000GB of storage and a CD-ripping drive. The device will only be sold via specialist retailers according to Niv Novak of Playback Systems.
"We believe the mass channel would have problems selling this product because it needs to be explained and sold properly. This is a device for a consumer who does not want to be bothered with PC's or iTunes storage systems".
Set to cost around $1,499 XiVA hopes the musicm8 will prove a suitable partner for devices such as the Sonos system which is also distributed by Playback Systems.
The system can store audio in a variety of file types including WAV, FLAC and MP3 - and allows you to set your bitrates and file size - as well as photos and videos.
Accessing your tunes is possible from anywhere in the world thanks to a remote internet facility, you can also stream your tunes to a Nintendo Wii, Xbox or PS3, and the musicm8 is DLNA-compliant.
Other features include dual-encoding for storing low and high quality versions of your music, full iTunes support, podcast downloader and online updates.
Available from July, the XiVA musicm8 has a suggested retail price of $1,499.