nicko_mv wrote:1) Is anyone syncing between their iTunes library on their mac, and the music directory of the DS? I basically want to have new music I add to my iTunes library automatically be transferred to the DS.
Yes. We have a shared folder common to all users (the two of us) named "shared" with Read/Write permission to the Local Group "users." It is in Login Items on our Mac accounts so it mounts at login. In it, I created a folder named Music. Into Music, I copied my entire ~/Music/iTunes folder. Then I launched iTunes with the option key held down, it asked me to choose an iTunes library and I navigated to the iTunes folder on the DiskStation.
I do all my CD ripping in iTunes, but we prefer Audio Station and DS audio for playback. I added /volume1/shared/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music to the Control Panel -> Media Indexing Service checked as Audio for Audio Station. (These paths are case-sensitive)
nicko_mv wrote:2) Hard question - is there any way to transfer/sync/whatever iTunes playlists into Audiostation?
Easy. Convert them to .m3u with iTunes Export
and put the results in /volume1/audio/playlists. Because of where my iTunes songs are, my playlist links have to begin with ../../shared/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Music/
What you probably didn't know to ask is how you get your album cover art to be seen in Audio Station. iTunes keeps that in a separate database instead of embedding it in each song. Audio Station will work with the latter, or you can create an image file in each album folder named, "cover.jpg".
Hope this helps.