iTunes Server vs. Home Sharing

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iTunes Server vs. Home Sharing

Postby m0topilot » Sat May 28, 2016 1:49 am

Is iTunes Server on DSM the same as Home Sharing in iTunes? If so, Home Sharing requires you to sign in with your AppleID, but no where in the Synology iTunes Server setup does it ask for you to sign with your AppleID. I'm not seeing any music on the network.

I do my music in another folder, but have the /music folder mounted to /Media/audio.

root@Diskstation:/volume1/Media/audio# ls -1
album-artwork
@eaDir
import
music
music-unorganized
root@Diskstation:/volume1/Media/audio#

root@Diskstation:/volume1/music# ls -1
album-artwork
@eaDir
import
music
music-unorganized
root@Diskstation:/volume1/music#

Does my music folder need to only contain music files in /music i.e. no sub folders? I have /music and /Media/audio indexed. The requirements are not too clear or I'm overly complicating it. I just wish the package settings you could define your music path dynamically instead of this fix /music folder.
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Re: iTunes Server vs. Home Sharing

Postby oneorangecow » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:31 am

I can answer part of your question.
the itunes server is not the same as Home Sharing.
Here https://www.synology.com/en-global/know ... iTunes_Mac
you can see that you can't connect via iphone or apple TV.

I am trying to work out if I should choose the network drive as my Itunes folder, then allow home sharing from that PC, or if I have files in the DSM 'itunes server' that I might be able to still share that content via home sharing.. it might much the same, but I suspect that saving direct to a network drive would mean that itunes will have a fit if the connection is lost when that is the target folder, but if it is a itunes server, then Itunes would simply drop the connection... most of this last paragraph is conjecture. Can anyone else answer with experience?
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Re: iTunes Server vs. Home Sharing

Postby fischersd » Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:00 pm

Yep, it appears that all this allows you to do is to have a shared library. You can browse to it, but you won't have much integration with iOS or AppleTV devices. (and, you won't be able to get any of the Siri integration on the ATV4 to work with it).

I'm hoping they give us very similar Siri integration on the Mac with the MacOS Sierra update in the fall - then I would likely migrate from Kodi to iTunes for my Mac Mini HTPC.

Right now I'm doing an NFS4 mount from the Mac Mini to my DS2413+. My movies are stored there, but not my iTunes Music. I'd like to have everything stored there and be able to use Siri for iTunes and never have to pick up my remote to play a movie or music playlist again. :)

But, there's every likelihood that the Siri functionality will be pretty limited in the first MacOS release.

If you have an "always on" Mac or PC at home, that's how I would offload the library - house it on the NAS and attach to it from your Mac/PC running iTunes and share it out that way.

Another "biggie" is that I want iTunes Match / Apple Music integration with any iTunes Server that I do. Unless it has that capability to sync with the Apple cloud, it doesn't have a lot of use for me.
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Re: iTunes Server vs. Home Sharing

Postby syno.dustin » Tue Jul 19, 2016 8:10 pm

fischersd wrote:Yep, it appears that all this allows you to do is to have a shared library. You can browse to it, but you won't have much integration with iOS or AppleTV devices. (and, you won't be able to get any of the Siri integration on the ATV4 to work with it).

I'm hoping they give us very similar Siri integration on the Mac with the MacOS Sierra update in the fall - then I would likely migrate from Kodi to iTunes for my Mac Mini HTPC.

Right now I'm doing an NFS4 mount from the Mac Mini to my DS2413+. My movies are stored there, but not my iTunes Music. I'd like to have everything stored there and be able to use Siri for iTunes and never have to pick up my remote to play a movie or music playlist again. :)

But, there's every likelihood that the Siri functionality will be pretty limited in the first MacOS release.

If you have an "always on" Mac or PC at home, that's how I would offload the library - house it on the NAS and attach to it from your Mac/PC running iTunes and share it out that way.

Another "biggie" is that I want iTunes Match / Apple Music integration with any iTunes Server that I do. Unless it has that capability to sync with the Apple cloud, it doesn't have a lot of use for me.


Any reason why you're not just doing the same thing for music as you do with movies?
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