Itunes Library on Windows Server but still have access on Imac?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by jamin100, May 28, 2012.

  1. jamin100 macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2008

    I have a 24" Imac that currently holds my itunes library which is around 500GB. I have 2 apple TV's an Ipad and an Iphone that all access the library.

    Ive recently purchased a HP Microserver which is on 24/7. I usually leave my imac on 24/7 but am thinking that if i can move my itunes to the server then I can start turning the imac off when its not in use.

    So, want i want to do is move the entire itunes library onto the Windows 2008R2 server and be able to access it from all of my devices. I also want to be able to add songs / movies etc to the library BUT from the imac.. Is this possible?
  2. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Yes, the access part is possible with home sharing. I am not too sure how the adding works with home sharing, but I remember reading something about this.

    Personally, I would do a remote desktop connection to the windows server from the iMac and add them that way, if I couldn't figure out how to do it, or if it wasn't possible, via iTunes.
  3. jamin100 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2008

    yeh, I currently manage the server from my Imac using RDP but always tend to convert movies etc using handbrake on my imac.
  4. dwright1974 macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2007
    I was going to suggest Firefly as that used to be the 'go-to' music server for Linux/Mac/Windows but that isn't under development anymore, and from what I have just been looking at, doesn't seem to work with iTunes 10 anymore.

    A couple of forums were suggesting Subsonic. This may help.

    - D
  5. andymodem macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2008
    Baltimore, MD
    There's a couple ways to do it. You can either create an iTunes folder on the server, and use iTunes on the iMac to move the library there and manage it from the iMac going forward. Then just dragging media into iTunes will copy it over the network to your server.

    You could also install iTunes itself onto the server and keep all your media there and use home sharing to access it on your iMac. Then you can just copy media files into the Automatically Add to Itunes folder on the server.

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