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ianof
2009-09-17, 04:20
Hi there

I have 2 SB3s and 1 Duet. I hold all my music on a TranquilPC windows home server running squeezecenter 7.3.2.

I have recently purchased an iMac for the family. I would like to be able to listen to music on my iMac direct from the WHS and ideally be able to sych the iMac with the SB3s and duet (so I can have the same music playing in a number of different rooms). Is it possible to use an iMac as a client of squeezecentre and synch to my other SB devices?

Also I manually (!) copy all my music media from the WHS to the iMac to get iTunes to select music for my iPhone (I did this to keep a copy of all my music and keep iTunes away from my main library). However when I add a new folder of music to iTunes I get duplicates etc. Any clever way of keeping the folder on my WHS and my iMac in synch and having itunes keep up with additions?

Thanks for any advice

Regards

Ian

ianof
2009-09-18, 08:04
OK ..

answered the first part of my question myself by searching these forums.!

Installed squeezeplay beta on my iMac and it connects to my squeezecenter and synchronises with the other devices I have. Great!

So my question now revolves around the best method of setting up a separate itunes library on my iMac to 'feed' my iphone (and keep a backup of all my music) - I'm guessing there are other threads on this so I will continue to search.

The ideal situation would be...

- I keep maintaining my music on my WHS server;

- This music folder on the WHS is somehow synchronised with my iMac and itunes picks up any changes to the folder

- iTunes is used only for the iphone and when I want to listen to music exclusively on my iMac.

Too much to ask for?

Regards

Ian

david_f1976
2009-09-18, 08:11
- I keep maintaining my music on my WHS server;

- This music folder on the WHS is somehow synchronised with my iMac and itunes picks up any changes to the folder

- iTunes is used only for the iphone and when I want to listen to music exclusively on my iMac.

There are various options, depending on where you are initiating the synchronisation from. On Windows, SyncToy is a fairly decent option. Don't know if this'll still work from WHS. As you say, search is your best option. But, why sync? There is an option to stop iTunes messing with your music files, and let it just read the metadata.

Have you tried iTunes 9? I believe it can now monitor folders.

ianof
2009-09-18, 08:23
Thanks David

I'll search on the following topics
1. iTunes 9 and folder monitoring
2. Synchronising files between windows home server and iMac OSX10.6 (if I can't get iTunes to do this)
3. iTunes 9 'self-managing' (to avoid me having to add every new folder of music manually) .

It would be great if iTunes could monitor the folder on the windows home server and reflect any changes in the iTunes library which will be held on the iMac (i'd have to go wired while it build the library given the amount of data). I'd back up my mp3s differently (have RAID on the home server)

Will post progress here. Any further advice appreciated (pretty new to this iMac and iTunes thing but have had squeezecenter and mp3tag working well for years)

Regards

Ian

ianof
2009-09-18, 08:41
I'll post a specific question on itunes 9 and windows home server (in the appropriate forum) following some more research.

Thanks
Ian