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#303205 - 04/25/10 08:48 AM Storing/playing MP3 files
rappar Offline
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I have a large collection of MP3 files on my Mac that I play using iTunes. What I would like to do is store these and have access to them using my home theatre. I like being able to use iTunes to sort my collection so would like, if possible, to keep that ability in anything I purchase. I've looked at the Apple TV and the Western Digital Live Media Player. It almost sounds that the Western Digital item also needs a hard drive connected to it for storage, it does not store files itself.
Is what I want possible? If so of the two, which is the better way to go or is there something else I should consider.
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#303214 - 04/25/10 10:26 AM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: rappar]
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Well, there's also the Airport Express, but you need a computer open/awake to use that. ATV might be your best choice. There's also the Squeezebox lineup--again, I think you need a computer on for that one.
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#303221 - 04/25/10 11:32 AM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: Ken.C]
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Do you have an Xbox 360 or PS3? What receiver do you have?
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#303258 - 04/25/10 04:28 PM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: terzaghi]
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I have a Wii. My receiver is a Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K.

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#303295 - 04/26/10 12:47 AM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: Ken.C]
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 Originally Posted By: kcarlile
Well, there's also the Airport Express, but you need a computer open/awake to use that. ATV might be your best choice. There's also the Squeezebox lineup--again, I think you need a computer on for that one.


If you can keep iTunes running on a computer somewhere in the house, this is the best (cheapest) solution for you. If you have an iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad, you can use that to control your iTunes as well.

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#303306 - 04/26/10 08:17 AM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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The WD Live can use a hard drive, but it can also use a thumb drive or a network connection. It works pretty well for movies, so if you want to also route moveies throught your system then I recommend it. I don't think I'd use it just for music; the interface is not friendly enough. (It's clunky getting from one folder to the next. This is okay for a movie, becuase you do it once. But it I were selecting tunes it would quickly get old.)

Why not get a large iPod and hook it in directly?

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#303316 - 04/26/10 10:27 AM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: Cork]
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That's what I do, but you do need a dock with a remote control. The other problem with that is that you're pretty much limited to shuffle.
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#303392 - 04/26/10 08:05 PM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: rappar]
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Hi rappar,
Is your Mac a tower or a laptop? If you're portable with the Mac, what about using a mini display to HDMI adapter and just keep using your Mac and iTunes to feed your HT directly?

That's my low tech 2 cent thought for the day \:\)

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#303393 - 04/26/10 08:18 PM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: cb919]
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 Originally Posted By: cb919
Hi rappar,
Is your Mac a tower or a laptop? If you're portable with the Mac, what about using a mini display to HDMI adapter and just keep using your Mac and iTunes to feed your HT directly?

That's my low tech 2 cent thought for the day \:\)

Cheers,


My Mac is an iMac. What I was hoping to do was store music on a hard drive not my Mac and play the music from the hard drive rather than have a link to my computer. I've read about Squeeze Box, just wondered if there was another way to do this.

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#303395 - 04/26/10 08:31 PM Re: Storing/playing MP3 files [Re: rappar]
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In order to put it on a 'central' storage that can be seen by client box (like a Squeezebox, PS3, Xbox, new Tivo, etc), that storage needs to be smart. It has to run a DLNA server or iTunes server or similar.

If you leave your iMac on, then IT can be the server. With an Airport Express, it really is easy and cheap. And the Airport even supports optical output. Any other solutions will require you to buy some sort of Network Attached Storage (NAS) w/ DLNA and a client box.

Any particular reason you don't want the iMac on? Alternately, if you are trying to store the files on an external HDD, you can always point your iTunes to that particular drive and let it stream to the Airport Express that way. Then you don't have to use up the iMac's HDD space.

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