iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

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iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by alanshort » Sat May 30, 2015 12:57 am

Hi guys,

I've just got a new NAS and moved my iTunes library across and am now pointing iTunes on my Mac to the DiskStation mount which has the library which I've moved from local to the NAS...

It seems to work just fine...

However, I'm looking at the iTunes Server Package and have installed it, however don't really understand what it does or how it is better than what I'm currently doing.

Can I point iOS devices at it, if so, how??

I'm running PLEX on the NAS and it works great, I've also added the music folder of iTunes to PLEX and can play audio in the PLEX app on my iOS devices...

I'm struggling to understand what the Synology iTunes Server Package actually does or what I can use it for.

Any steer or guidance from you guys on the point of this?

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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by CandaceVan » Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:34 am

The Synology iTunes package enables me to open the iTunes application on either of my Mac computers and view what's on the Synology NAS as a shared library. This way, for example, I don't have to try to squeeze my large music on my laptop. I can access the music almost as fast via Synology iTunes as if the files were local. The problem is, as far as I can see, is that this enables my Macs to access the Synology NAS music library, but to do so from my iPhone or iPad, I have to use DS Audio or, uh, Plex? (Still playing with Plex). I wish that the Synology iTunes server could allow my iOS devices to access my muse from the NAS.

Without the Synology iTunes package, accessing music on the NAS would be more like playing a single file from Finder. With iTunes you can sort by Genre, Composer, etc., and set up (I think) play lists.

I hope that something in what I have written is helpful.

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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by ericbro » Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:26 am

I'm still unclear. (I'm a Windows user, but have Macs on the network)

When I first got my NAS, in my main share folder I created a Music folder and copied all my music to it (in the iTunes configuration - Z:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media). On each computer, I then started up iTunes, went to Preferences and pointed it to that folder. Seems to work fine. But, silly me, I got curious and installed the iTunes Server package. I still can't figure what it does any different than what my current setup does. I don't play music on any mobile devices.

What am I missing? What's the benefit?

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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by LeeH » Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:27 pm

Ive never got my head around it either.
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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by Wolf » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:10 pm

Totally useless application.
If you need to manage your large collection, well, it is better to use a PC and operate from iTunes.
If you need to stream your music and play from several devices then Plex is absolutely a MUST.
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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by pezball » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:17 pm

ericbro wrote:I created a Music folder and copied all my music to it (in the iTunes configuration - Z:\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media). On each computer, I then started up iTunes, went to Preferences and pointed it to that folder. Seems to work fine.
Yes it works fine, but to get all the music from the DS music share automatically into every iTunes, iPhone, iPad, iAnything on your network, can be convenient too. Why map drive letters when iTunes can communicate directly with your DS over a dedicated channel? Drive letters are so 1990. :)

That is the purpose of the iTunes Server, not saying that your approach is wrong, we all have different ways to solve things, and of course the limitation with iTunes Server is that the music needs to be in the common music share, it can not be in your DS home/music folder. So it's convenient for shared music, but not for private personal music.
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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by NorCalAl » Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:40 pm

Can I use the Remote iOS app to control the iTunes server on my Syn? The app requires entering a code on the iTunes server and so far, I can't see how to do that.

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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by tb123 » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:55 am

I still don't get this, I just point iTunes from multiple computers to \\SYNOLOGY_DS916\Music\iTunes Music\iTunes Media and it all seems to work just fine. What am I actually missing out on by not using iTunes server, what else does it actually do??
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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by robocub » Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:16 pm

I also find it a useless app. The iTunes Library on the Syno is not updateable in the same manner as your iTunes Library on your Mac. So if I'm using the iTunes app on my desktop I cant just add new music to it and create a new playlist. So unless you enjoy a perfectly static iTunes Library this is useless. You're better off connecting a large capacity USB drive to your Mac and keep your real iTunes Library there.
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Re: iTunes Server - What does it actually do ??

Unread post by tb123 » Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:35 am

robocub wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 7:16 pm
I also find it a useless app. The iTunes Library on the Syno is not updateable in the same manner as your iTunes Library on your Mac. So if I'm using the iTunes app on my desktop I cant just add new music to it and create a new playlist. So unless you enjoy a perfectly static iTunes Library this is useless.
Unless I'm completely missing the point, mine works ok for me in this situation.

I'm not using iTunes server, just pointing the clients at my NAS.

I have the iTunes client on a Windows 10 Desktop, a Windows 10 laptop and on various iDevices.
The music library and iTunes library file are both on the Synology NAS in the following location \\SYNOLOGY_DS916\Music\iTunes Music\iTunes Media.

If I purchase music on my iPad, then it is downloaded to the Synology media library and available in both Windows clients. If I download a song on one of the Windows clients, it saves it on the Synology. It works no differently for me than if it were stored on my actual desktop, except, that multiple Windows machines can all access it simultaneously. (I use the same iTunes account to access across all devices) The only real downside to it is that the library is not available on my laptop when away from home, unless, I VPN into home, then it's fine. The local iTunes media folders on my local machine are completely empty

My kids have their own iTunes accounts on their MacBooks that they store locally on the device, they don't use the centralised iTunes library, other than to add music to their own library that they want. If they leave the option to copy music to their own library turned off, then it just gives them access to the music they can load onto their phones, without filling up their own hard drive.

As I said, this works perfectly fine for me, I'm not sure what other functionality the iTunes server app actually provides.
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