Ever since I got my iPad 1, and more recently my iPad 3, I find I use my desktop computer less and less. My computer needs are very basic - email, web, basic document creation and management, occasional photo and video editing that iPhoto and iMovie handle fairly well, movies, etc. Over the air iOS and app updates and the ability to download podcasts, music and other media has essentially rendered my iMac a paperweight. Also, iCloud backups leave me with one less thing to worry about and my Apple TVs allow me to view my content on the bigscreen. My iMac is about 8 years old and is still running strong, however when it dies I don't think I will replace it. It's basically an iTunes media server - a cord that I would like to cut. However, this leaves the dilemma of how to store all of my media (movies, photos, music) and still be able to manage and play it. My 16gb iPad cannot store this data, nor could a 64gb for that matter. Ergo my search for a central data storage unit that will store all of my data that my iPad can access and manage. Here is my question: I've done a lot of research on the Synology Diskstations as a NAS device as well as the iOS apps they offer to manage and play the various media. I've checked out several Youtube vidoes and have come to the conclusion that the Diskstation may serve my needs. My question is, however, once I set up the Diskstation with my desktop and transfer all my media to it, can I manage the Diskstation, download and upload photos, videos, music, etc., with my iPad only?? Is this a possible scenario or do you absolutely need a desktop computer to manage the NAS? I would love to get rid of my desktop and feel like I'm almost there, but need a bit more info before I make the plunge for a DS. I've researched this and other forums and haven't found any definitive answers, so if anyone has any experience in this regard, your insight would be really helpful.