Apple Developing a Home Media Server?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    9to5Mac reports that Apple has been working on a home media server to access your iTunes and other files anywhere you have internet access. The site compares it to HP's Media Smart Server which offers a centralized location for backup, storage and file delivery to your computers locally as well as remotely:
    Apple's take on the system would reportedly expand out Time Capsule's functionality from being a single drive backup system into a more robust multi-drive backup server. In addition, tie ins would be made to Apple's MobileMe services to deliver access to your files and media from anywhere on the internet.

    9to5mac suggests that media could also be shared to your iPhone and iPod touch, providing full access to your media while mobile. The device could also serve media files to other computers at home as well as to your Apple TV.

    Article Link: Apple Developing a Home Media Server?
  2. thomahawk macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
    Osaka, Japan
    sounds interesting! i would definetly get it if it does a whole complete integration of everything for all your devices and computers
  3. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    MobileMe integration would be great.

    Access your entire music library from wherever.
  4. mmcxiiad macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2002
    I have wanted something like this for a long time. I think it needs to be the main library for itunes, iphoto & imovie. those libraries are getting too big for most computers and adds a level of complexity to share (are all computers on the network, is the app open, etc).

    where as, if a home server could be the central database for all of that, then when you say, import pictures, they get synced to the HMS and then available to everyone on the network (obviously there could be permissions and such).
  5. iwuzbord macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    New York City
    i agree. something like mobile me, but for your media. apple would probably replace the apple tv with this device, and make a service that would be able to take and aggregate media from your computers and what not.
  6. DMann macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    Now we're talking! A merging of the Mac-Mini and :apple:TV
    This is bound to set another new standard.
  7. glide macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2007
    HP's newly updated MediaSmart server just beat them to the punch.
  8. applefan69 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 9, 2007
    and wireless syncing of your ipods?

    Or at least ipod tocuh/iPhone?
  9. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    basically a mini server in your own home, sweet =] sign me up for one
  10. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Sounds pretty cool.

    Overall, iTunes could use some MAJOR improvements in the way it is able to handle drives and organize files. It's hard to believe that it still has no good way to split an iTunes library over multiple drives, not even something as simple as different drives for music and video.

    Same goes for multiple users sharing audio and video files in a household. Sure, secondary machines can access the songs, but no way to change star ratings? Play count doesn't change?

    Let's hope this is a sign of improvements to iTunes overall, not just for those who buy a new (usually overpriced) apple add-on.
  11. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I'll have to see it to believe it. The home server market is such a niche market.

    Apple typically avoids complicated devices like this, as they don't really know who or how to market it (Apple TV anyone?).

    With that said, I have an HP MediaSmart Server and I would love for Apple to create their own version of it.

    I think 9to5mac is just jumping on HP's news today.

    Jumping the gun aren't you? No one has said anything about merging the Apple TV or Mac mini. This device would be more like an advanced Time Capsule (or Drobo). I highly doubt it's going to support any type of display-out.
  12. blur35mm macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Interesting concept, but will they get it right??

    Just like DVD Player allows you to playback VIDEO_TS folders, they need to SUPPORT playback of VIDEO_TS folders on the Apple TV not with a hack.

    Be able to daisy chain drives for seamless scalability.

    Also, another novel concept would be to introduce LED picture frames that are wirelessly connected to this media server with a simple remote to control access to photos or even videos.

    There is real potential for Apple to corner this market, but they need to get it right. I have 200+ DVD's and prefer to rip them for playback to avoid damaging the discs. Also, they need to throw in true support for Dolby Digital 7.1.

    I'd be all over it even if it cost 1-200 more if it did everything I needed it to.

    Until then, the Apple TV is a novelty item and cannot be used seriously for home theater enthusiasts even if the media server were attached without all the right functions.

    I sense a Kaleidescape killer if they can get it right.
  13. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    I hope it has RAID and multiple internal drives capabilities as well as external drives ports (USB2, FW400, FW800, eSATA). Let's also hope it's nearly silent. My Mac minis have spoiled me, I can't stand computer hardware noise anymore. :D
  14. Loa macrumors 68000


    May 5, 2003
    Won't be long before we're truly back to the original model: server + terminals...

  15. mmcxiiad macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2002
    I would bet the farm & chickens that this would be expandable via USB, but it would be great if it also included firewire. But based on apple letting go of firewire (ipods & macbook) there isn't much hope for firewire.

    As an unrelated thought... anyone want to take odds that the new mac mini will not have firewire? My guess is it will be gone on everything except the pro lines of apple products and iMacs.
  16. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    4Gig iPhones will be more than useful - no longer have to figure out what to put on them, or any iPhone/iPod Touch for that matter. :)
  17. dwright1974 macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2007
    Here here!!

    I've been so close to buying a cheap HP-esque Server from somewhere like eBuyer to put Win 2003 + iTunes on it to do this!

    A 'proper' integrated Apple solution to serve my MBP, Apple TV and my Work laptop either when it's at home or at work would be brilliant!

    The only thing would be, please don't make it £999 Apple!!

    Sounds like a 'one more thing' er, thing to me :D

    Bring on January!!

    - D
  18. blur35mm macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2007

    You are a wise person...
  19. zombitronic macrumors 65816


    Feb 9, 2007
    I hope they do this. We were talking about one of these back when the "Brick" rumor was going on.

    Ugly mock-up:


  20. chedda macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2006

    With the dropping of the uber expensive xserve raid perhaps an affordable drobo like device is on the cards ?
  21. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
  22. Yvan256 macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2004
    IMHO it stopped being a niche market when Apple started to sell TV shows and movies via the iTunes Store. Non-technical users need a way to safeguard those files, and even Time Capsule/Time Machine can't do it if they don't support multiple drives/RAID setups.

    There's also the fact that iTunes cannot manage multiple drives by itself, you need to manually manage files to be able to do that. As an example, I let iTunes manage my music files but I take care of the TV shows and movies files by hand. And yes, I have to check/uncheck the "let iTunes manage files" every time I add something. It works, but it's annoying.
  23. MakGeek macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2005
    we're not worthy...we're not worthy...we're not worthy...

    I have spent teh better part of this weekend trying to figure out how to implement this at home. Wife got me my second AppleTV I bought her a Macbook, add in my MAcBook Pro and an iMac and we have vast file confusion. Remote access would be great but not needed immediately for me, I just need a central place to store all this media.
  24. jawzzy macrumors regular

    May 13, 2007
    New York
    Convergence, convergence, convergence. I love it, Apple. Keep 'em coming.
  25. Akitakoi macrumors regular


    Jan 31, 2008
    Oh yea, I hope this one "pans out". This is exactly what I have been planning to build/hackintosh, I would rather just buy one.:)

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