AppleTV and homeshare or NAS

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by itunesdingdong, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. itunesdingdong macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2011

    I have a Apple TV, an Imac running Windows Vista, a Seagate BlackArmor NAS and a Airport Extreme. The Itunes library is on the NAS so that I may access it from multiple pc's at home.

    I have two related questions:
    1. When using Homesharing the Apple TV only discovers my "computer" when I have 1) turned on the imac 2) open explorer and clicked on the drive (on the NAS) that contains the itunes library (so that it maps this) 3) open Itunes on the imac

    Should that really be necessary?

    2. Is there any way I can point my Apple TV at the itunes library at the NAS instead?

    Thank you very much in advance
  2. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    No. Out of the box, Apple TV needs a running iTunes instance to serve streaming media. What you have on your NAS is a raw media files - the iTunes databases and server processes are on your iMac.

    If you patch/jailbreak your Apple TV and install something like XBMC - you can get file level access to your NAS media. But it won't be served as iTunes media, so you lose all your tagging, cover art, etc.
  3. itunesdingdong thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2011
    Isn't that a shame

    Can't believe that Apple would actually sell something that is so badly thought through that you really have to go start up the imac etc. to see your media on the Apple TV. :mad:
  4. Panch0 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2010
    Well, if you were running OS X, it would wake ON LAN, and after a brief delay, your library would start itself up. No idea if you can do that with an iMac running Vista.

    Or, you could just leave the iMac running. I have mine set to sleep the screen, but leave everything else running. Again, not sure how much you can control the sleep settings in Vista.
  5. ericvmazzone macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2008
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Then return it and get something else.

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