Apple TV, Airport Extreme, and iPods, oh my!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jedirunner, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. jedirunner macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2007

    Apple TV
    Airport Extreme Base Station
    4 ipods
    1 iPhone
    iMac with a 500 GB external drive for itunes storage
    MacBook Pro with a 500 GB external drive for its own time machine backups

    Current Setup:
    Currently, there is a small external drive on the imac which holds the itunes storage, and is used to synch all the ipods and the apple tv.

    The macbook pro has all the music copied from the imac's itunes repository, and is used to synch the iPhone.

    There is no network sharing, though I'd really love to have a network share.

    What I'd like to do:
    1- Get a 1TB usb drive hooked up to the airport extreme base station
    2- Move the itunes collection from the imac's external drive to the new base station external drive
    3- Have both computers use this new networked drive as their itunes storage (I know it wouldn't be available on the MBP when not at home -- that's ok)
    4- Have both computers synch to their respective ipods/iphone from the same external drive
    5- Have the apple tv synch through one of the computers (probably the macbook pro) from the networked drive on the base station
    6- Take the current 500GB drive attached to the imac and start using it as a time machine backup device.

    The questions:
    1. Does that all make sense?
    2. Are there any potential problems with this setup?
    3. Can both machines use the same folder on this shared network drive as their itunes collections?
    4. If I get a TimeCapsule device, I assume both machines can share it to do their own time machine backups, is this correct?
    5. If I get a TimeCapsule, then I can share the new 1TB external drive through the USB still, right?
    6. Is there any way to make the apple tv go straight to the networked drive rather than through itunes on one of the machines?

    Thanks very much!

  2. Wardotron macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2008
    Might be able to help you here. My set up is as follows:

    • Macbook Pro
    • Airport Extreme + 2TB USB HD Air Disk
    • :apple:TV (connected to the Airport via Ethernet)
    • iPhone

    On the whole it works very well. Playback and syncing with :apple:TV and iPhone works fine. Bear in mind that administering the iTunes database via wifi is very slow compared to a wired connection, particularly when making changes to movies. I often find it is best to tag movie files using MetaX before moving them to the Air Disk.

    Two computers should be able to use the same iTunes library, as long as they both aren't writing to the database at the same time. It might be worth using the iMac as the iTunes "master" and using the MacBook to view the shared library.

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