best setup for storing and streaming iTunes

bangkok

macrumors newbie
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Feb 23, 2014
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I am very confused: Mac Mini, a good-branded external hard drive or Time Capsule?

I am trying to figure out the best place to store my huge iTunes library of music so I can continue to stream it (play it) over my Apple TV (and the smaller speakers I’ve hooked up); later through high quality stereo equipment once I buy a new amplifier that has wireless capabilities and play through current larger speakers.

Right now the music is stored on my new iMac and the iTunes library appears on my TV for me to click and play.But I will soon need to get this growing library file off my new iMac; I’m uploading some 400 CDs at Lossloss level.

But which is best and why? Mac Mini, a good branded hard drive or Time Capsule? And if you suggest Mac Mini, should I also buy Airport Express?

Any advice you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
 

Macman45

macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
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Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
Yes, a NAS system or Thunderbolt unit is your best bet here...Time Capsule isn't designed for, nor will it stream your iTunes library..it's there for backups.

Any decent enclosure and a fast 7200 HDD USB 3 based will also do the job well.
 

bangkok

macrumors newbie
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Feb 23, 2014
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Nsa

Thanks to both of you; that really helps and save some loot. Much appreciated.