Originally Posted by richardd43
I tried my USB drive last night to no avail so I hooked my A100 to my computer and transferred a bunch of movies to my microSD card.
Not exactly the answer I was looking for but it worked.
Sure, the "slave" functionality works great.
But imagine how cool it would be to be able to pack up your tablet, earbuds, a huge USB external drive, and a two-outlet inverter on a long car trip? Instant multimedia hub with everything you own. Or, if you are gone for a long trip to an isolated area and don't want to have to take a laptop to keep shifting content around? For me, it isn't always about the space to cover the time, it is the space to give me all the choice I would have at home on HOW I use that time.
The bottom line (for me) is this: I have over 70 GB of MP3s (all legit, ripped from CDs or purchased online via eMusic, Amazon, or iTunes), around 100 GB of DVD-rips (all legit, the movie DVDs are owned by me), and around 250 GB of TV show rips (all legit, I have DVD box sets of everything).
That's over 400 GB of content. Last I checked, a single SD card isn't going to hold all that. *smile* Not to mention, on a basic cost-per-GB analysis, you simply can't beat a hard drive. I know prices have gone up on hard drives in the last 6-9 months, but the last 1 TB HD I bought (before the price jumps) was $50. Enclosures run 10-20. A 64 GB microSD card costs, what, around 100 bucks? I can store over 15 times as much content on an external USB hard drive for less than two-thirds the cost.
You just can't beat that. Right now, not even my music alone would fit on the largest microSD card available, even if I DID want to pay the premium. So there is also a "library completeness" angle. That's personally a big issue for me, and it is why I still use an iPod classic for music -- I'll take 160 GB in a less flowery package over not even getting half the space on a 64 GB iPod Touch that can't hold all my music at once.
OK, enough ranting. *smile* Yes, USB slave mode works fine for most folks and most needs! I just wanted to explain why USB hosting would be a really sweet thing, in my opinion...