I was all set to dive into the NAS, one place to store it all mindset. Now I have major misgivings. Try and follow my logic, if you will: Todays media storage requirements are leaning towards something like it though. I imagine most households are similar. Not everyone can afford everything Mac. I wish to have my movies, music and photos in one location, for use by my iMac, any other computers I might have, and a media device attached to my TV. In my case it is currently an Xbox 360. Playback works very well and was cheap. However my iMac needs to be awake for it to work. Wake on LAN for a Mac requires an Airport Express or Extreme. Now I need a new router and a dedicated external media drive, or I get an NAS and take the Mac out of the loop. An NAS typically uses some sort of media server, Twonky, Itunes, etc. Perfect, no iMac needed. I can stream to my Xbox without the Mac. Except my photos. An NAS is usually EXT or NTFS or FAT formatted depending on whether it uses Linux or WHS. I recently discovered iPhoto needs a HFS+ formatted volume or bad things can happen. So now my ever growing photo collection needs to be on the Mac or an external drive connected to the Mac, not an NAS; unless I drink more Apple Koolaid and buy a mini and make it my NAS. Than the mini is always on, or I STILL need an AEBS to wake it. QNAP just came out with firmware that allows HFS+ external drives mounted to the NAS. Maybe that is the answer. I could go with no NAS. Instead, an AEBS and Airdisk might do the trick, but I dont think I could stand the abysmal read/write rates I would get through it. I could buy an ATV and an AEBS and just use external disks for storage, or maybe just go all out and buy an ATV, AEBS, Mac Mini server, 2 or 3 Airport Express with Airtunes and call it a day. I never liked that once you start using iPhoto, you seem to be trapped into it. I cant even move photos between libraries without losing information unless I buy an external program to do it. My suspicions that iPhoto is a piece of garbage deepen. The crux of this is that more and more households are growing media heavy and need a place to put it all. Keeping it all on the internal drive will soon be impossible, yet there seems to be no environmentally and wallet friendly way to achieve it for a Mac household. I suppose I could dump iPhoto and use Picasa with an NAS, but I kind of like having photo albums in iPhoto available on the Xbox through Playback. I could just be depressed because I am stuck here at work on the 4th of July, but I think somewhere here in my rant, is a call for help. If you made it all the way through this post AND you successfully followed my logic, AND you still care to respond, you are a better man/woman than me.