What iWant from Apple: an iTunes server

“As media libraries balloon with tons of music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, audiobooks, and apps, many iTunes users seek ways to organize and consolidate this content in a central location,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “Instead of each member of a family having content on individual Macs, it would make sense for all of this content to be stored and organized on a single computer.”

“While iTunes lets you share libraries, play content on another Mac, and even synchronize some content from one iTunes library to another using Home Sharing, the app isn’t designed to work with multiple users,” McElhearn writes. “The solution could be a server version of iTunes, which would let households organize all of their family’s media on one computer and allow each user to connect to this Mac to listen to music, view videos, and sync their iOS devices. Here are some ideas for how an iTunes server might work.”

“If Apple were to create a server version of iTunes, the app would be similar to the current version of iTunes, managing all of the content on a single computer. It would also function as a conduit for media files so they can be transferred to and from the server and stored in the master library,” McElhearn writes. “This would meet the needs of families with large amounts of media files, and eliminate the need to duplicate many of these files on different computers.”

Much more in the full article here.

20 Comments

  1. Have a look at tonido.com
    They have an interesting NAS package that turns your whole computer into a NAS server. You can access your music and movies (depending on their format) as well as all the files on your computer. You can even set up ids and passwords along with specified folders, etc. It is really an interesting package for free!

  2. There actually are a bunch of solutions for this situation.

    But I see what Kirk means. It would be great if Apple created a simple home server software system that ‘just works’ with iTunes, once you’ve got the devices networked. It’s just a networked database shared among all devices. Macs and iOS devices already can do this, just not in the simplified interface of iTunes.

  3. Hi Kirk & Everyone,

    Well, this seems to be a nice thought Kirk and to an extent we can already do this with a few software in the market currently.

    I was searching for an iTunes library manager the other day and ended up with SuperSync. Its a library manager which allows you to sync between pcs & macs & iOS devices, merge, delete duplicates and lots of stuff that a good ilibrary manager would do but one thing they didnt highlight and I would be asking them to do so soon is the capability to use it as an iTunes server!

    I am a networking expert myself and I created an iTunes server on my desktop, with the master library residing on it, and successfully using it! So I have all these SuperSync clients running on all my systems in the house, a couple of macs and three laptops with windows 7

    So now, I can connect to the main server from any of my pcs & macs and listen/download/upload ! To top it up, I have forwarded the ports on my router and am currently accessing it from my work through a browser session and streaming music 🙂 … without any subscription charges …

    I would suggest you give it a shot and you wont be disappointed, especially if you are as obsessed as me to setup iTunes server at home 🙂 🙂 …creating your own cloud :)…

    cheers,
    Irfan

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