[quote user="Clare Newsome"]When I referred to other devices purchased files can play on, I meant the five computers/iPods Apple allows you to share the files with[/quote]
I see. Yes, I am well aware of the capabilities of iTunes. But iTunes and iPods are not "third-party" products.
[quote user="Clare Newsome"]As soon as Netgear get back with a response, i'll let you know. But the fact remains the files played![/quote]
I did some investigating and it looks like the EVA8000 gets iTunes on the serving PC to play the file, and then the raw PCM output is streamed to the EVA. This only works if the server is running Windows, it won't work with OS X. Call it semantics, but I don't think that that is the EVA "playing" the protected files - of course, the end result appears to be the same as if the EVA8000 were playing the file itself, but the method differs. Said method will bring with it problems: the aforementioned high network bandwidth for uncompressed audio, and also the fact that the EVA8000 must "hijack" iTunes in order to play the files. This means that if anyone is using iTunes on the serving PC at the time, their listening will be interrupted.
Thank you for contacting Netgear. I eagerly await their response.
While we are on the subject, I am at a loss as to why most professional reviewers have given favourable reviews to the Apple TV. Yes, it has a very slick interface, but everything else about it - extremely limited codec support, maximum 720p output, lack of content, no Dolby Digital or dts 5.1 surround sound output (!) - is highly disappointing. The EVA8000 and Pixel Magic HD MediaBox that you reviewed a long time ago are clearly much superior products. If it was me, I'd give the AppleTV 2 stars.