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    NAS Devices with iTunes Support?

    To name two, Western Digital and Iomega sell home NAS devices that claim to support iTunes, in addition to uPNP and DLNA.

    Does anyone have experience as to how this works? I am hoping that it would allow my iPad to access photos and movies stored on the network drive.

    My aim is to be able to access my media files on the iPad without having a computer running. So far I have been thwarted at every turn in trying to do this sort of thing and I am wondering whether this could by an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAC View Post
    To name two, Western Digital and Iomega sell home NAS devices that claim to support iTunes, in addition to uPNP and DLNA.

    Does anyone have experience as to how this works? I am hoping that it would allow my iPad to access photos and movies stored on the network drive.

    My aim is to be able to access my media files on the iPad without having a computer running. So far I have been thwarted at every turn in trying to do this sort of thing and I am wondering whether this could by an option.
    I would really like to achieve this as well. I will have the iPad in the kitchen hooked up to an amp & speakers. Internet Radio is fine but I would like to be able to access and listen to my iTunes library stored on my NAS.

    I don't want to have to have another machine turned on in the house running iTunes.

    Can anyone help?

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    I have a Buffalo Linkstation Live that serves as a backup. I looked into this idea since I read this post. Buffalo has a free app that supposedly works, but I did not try it yet. There is also a paid app called FileBrowser that looks pretty interesting. I tried their "lite" version and it found my NAS no problem. Does not look as easy as browsing my NAS in Itunes, but looks like it would work. Haven't bought it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spongebob View Post
    I have a Buffalo Linkstation Live that serves as a backup. I looked into this idea since I read this post. Buffalo has a free app that supposedly works, but I did not try it yet. There is also a paid app called FileBrowser that looks pretty interesting. I tried their "lite" version and it found my NAS no problem. Does not look as easy as browsing my NAS in Itunes, but looks like it would work. Haven't bought it yet.
    I have the FileBrowser app and it can connect and see all the files on my NAS. It can also play any mp3 file using the iPad, but I only seem to be able to play one song at a time which is a pain, no 'playlists' or albums.

    What I would really like to do is use iTunes on the ipad to connect to the NAS. But it does not appear to have the same functionality as on a PC or Mac.

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    I have a Synology NAS (DS110) with itunes server build in. Works like a charm and I share my itunes music library with all my i-devices.

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    I eventually got this working on my Western Digital My Book World Edition. One thing that seems to cause confusion is that it takes "some time" for files to appear in iTunes after they have been copied into the iTunes directory.

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    Don't know the WD nas but the Synology nas needs to index the files before they appear in your itunes. The reindex is a sxheduled job but can also be forces by a reindex option. Maybe the WD has a same sort option.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wsoet View Post
    Don't know the WD nas but the Synology nas needs to index the files before they appear in your itunes. The reindex is a sxheduled job but can also be forces by a reindex option. Maybe the WD has a same sort option.

    Good luck.
    Thanks, there is some mention of "synchronising" with iTunes which is possibly much the same process. It seems to take place in it's own good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wsoet View Post
    I have a Synology NAS (DS110) with itunes server build in. Works like a charm and I share my itunes music library with all my i-devices.
    Hi Wsoet,

    When you say 'share my itunes music library with all my i-devices' do you mean as you would on a mac or PC in itunes where you see the NAS as a remote library?

    I can't make this work on the iPad. Any help appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kernow View Post
    When you say 'share my itunes music library with all my i-devices' do you mean as you would on a mac or PC in itunes where you see the NAS as a remote library?
    I was certainly talking about on a PC. On the iPad, iTunes seems to be restricted to purchasing content, not playing it, which I find puzzling. To play music the iPod app is used and it only seems to access content that resides on the iPad.

    You might look at FileBrowser to play music from a NAS. I has it's own player (i.e. not iTunes) but who cares, I have never been a fan of iTunes anyway.

    With FileBrowser/NAS you simply create your own folder structure and copy music files into them, as you would on a "normal" computer.

    PS. An earlier post in this thread suggests FileBrowser will only play one track at a time. I haven't tested this yet.

    PPS. FileBrowser seems to play all files in a folder once you start a file playing. No playlists or skip function but it is reasonably useful.
    Last edited by RAC; 01-10-2011 at 01:41 PM.


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