Hey everybody. Haven't been around much, but important stuff is going down. Most of you probably know I'm a music major. One of the profs in the music department here got a HUGE grant underwritten, so we're spending a considerable amount of money upgrading our listening rooms--where students go to listen to recorded music. We're going to have four listening rooms and two studio/listening rooms. My part in all of this is that I'm trying to sell my prof on getting an Xserve solution, digitizing all of our music (close to ten thousand LPs and six hundred CDs) and putting it on an Xserve/Xserve RAID. He likes the idea, but the sticky wicket is in making sure I can come up with a system that WORKS. The front end is already taken care of. Each room will have a Power Macintosh G5 in it. So my issue lies with the back end. I'm already sold on getting a 3.5 TB Xserve RAID. That's a no-brainer since we're looking at tens of thousands of hours of uncompressed audio. The sticky wicket is in deciding whether I should recommend Xserves or PowerMac G5s as the back-end system. As I have it currently planned out, the back end will be running iTunes with sharing turned on, and the front end systems in the listening rooms will access the music via iTunes Music sharing. The library will be stored on the RAID. Another problem with this setup is that since iTunes can only broadcast four streams at any given time, it will take two systems to provide sufficient streaming quality. My questions are, to wit: 1. Do I use G5s or Xserves? 2. Is there any system that offers the browsing capabilities of iTunes without the cap on simultaneous streams? Using the Finder is not an option due to the lack of composer/album metadata. 3. Would it be viable to use a netboot volume to reduce software maintenace time (i.e. running Software Update)? 4. If I use netboot, could iTunes be run on a remote machine (the Xserve/PMG5) to avoid the streaming cap problem? Thanks for all of your help! I'm really excited about this--it may generate a paying job for me this summer.