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    Default Network music drive?

    Not something I've looked into but it's kind of annoying I have to turn on my "main" PC to play music - I have multiple computers but my music library only lives on one of them.

    When people talk about a network storage drive is that basically a hard disk that is independent of any one computer, with just enough cleverness to get on the network? Or is there more to it than that?

    Do you then have to muck about or will Windows and OSX recognise it as a regular drive and let you use it as such e.g. map it as P: and tell Media Player my media library is P:\music? And likewise from my Mac. Presumably then 3rd-party systems can connect directly to the disk as well over Wifi, simultaneously?
    I hate networking so if I have to set up domains and workgroups I may well just give up!

    Can anyone give me enough information to get started looking into this? Key terms, a total noob introduction, maybe an example bit of kit on Amazon?
    Or have I missed the point and I actually want a dedicated media server, some low-spec PC running 24/7?


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    Pay for Spotify and never worry about such things again?

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    I've got a Buffalo Linkstation. Works fine for exactly what you want, allows you to map drives (certainly to Windows and Linux, not got a Mac). I use it in conjunction with a timer plug, so that it powers off to cool down for a few hours overnight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonManc View Post
    I've got a Buffalo Linkstation. Works fine for exactly what you want, allows you to map drives (certainly to Windows and Linux, not got a Mac). I use it in conjunction with a timer plug, so that it powers off to cool down for a few hours overnight.
    +1 unless you want to go fully online with apple music or Spotify you need a NAS of some form. Personally I would go for a HP microserver and create your own but I understand a desire to buy one install it and run that for ever more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    +1 unless you want to go fully online with apple music or Spotify you need a NAS of some form. Personally I would go for a HP microserver and create your own but I understand a desire to buy one install it and run that for ever more.
    I wanted something the enemy couldn't fudge up. Easier to grant her read only access to the shared folders on a glorified usb drive than to start configuring a server.
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    I have a WD-DL4100

    It has iTunes installed and the SONOS pointed to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonManc View Post
    I've got a Buffalo Linkstation. Works fine for exactly what you want, allows you to map drives (certainly to Windows and Linux, not got a Mac). I use it in conjunction with a timer plug, so that it powers off to cool down for a few hours overnight.
    That's a good idea. The Buffalo NAS I had cooked itself in the first 24 hours. I had to reflash it with an open source BIOS after which it worked pretty well. But ultimately I ended up smashing it apart (it was held together with glue so really did need a hammer and chisel) and removing the disk to put in the desktop.
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    Get a cheapo NAS if you CBA with additional config/software. If you want future proofing and unlimited features, get an HP Gen8 Microserver for like £100 and stick as much HDDs in it as you like (up to 5) then put FreeNAS or something else on it.

    Personally nowadays i mostly stream music from Amazon, what i do have offline is stuffed in Plex running on Synology DSM in a VM on top HP Gen8 Microserver running ESXi. The advantages of having it in Plex are that there is client for almost any imaginable device and you can stream it online from your server to yourself and friends and it has all the nice art and eye candy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sal View Post
    Get a cheapo NAS if you CBA with additional config/software. If you want future proofing and unlimited features, get an HP Gen8 Microserver for like £100 and stick as much HDDs in it as you like (up to 5) then put FreeNAS or something else on it.

    Personally nowadays i mostly stream music from Amazon, what i do have offline is stuffed in Plex running on Synology DSM in a VM on top HP Gen8 Microserver running ESXi. The advantages of having it in Plex are that there is client for almost any imaginable device and you can stream it online from your server to yourself and friends and it has all the nice art and eye candy.
    I must admit, since I got the family Spotify, the NAS has barely been used apart from for my regular backups (not sure if the rest of the family back up their stuff, but I've shown them how).
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