I currently have around 6GB of music in my iTunes-library. And as I'm moving my DVD's in there as well and downloading podcasts (both video and audio), the amount of HD-space that my content consumes is going up. And I might at some point get an AppleTV for that content as well. So I have been thinking about using my old 1.25Ghz Mac Mini + external hard-drives as a media-server, so I wouldn't have to use my laptop with the ATV and I could save hard-drive space on the laptop as well. Now, how would I go about doing this? Of course it's easy to share a iTunes-library over the network, so that's not a problem. But that's only half the picture. Is it possible to sync that shared library to an iPod that is connected to the client-machine and not the server? Also, what happens if I rip new music on my laptop? I mean, they will end up on the laptop, and not on the server, right? Any idea how to go around that? Also, since all my content would be on the server, what should I do if I wanted to take some of it with me on the laptop? Could I create a playlist on the laptop, and move songs from the shared library (that is on the server) to the local playlist? And a third thing: I have been thinking about using OS X Server on the Mini (so I could learn the ins and outs of it as well), does that change my plans in any way? Would it enable more robust options for me, as opposed to simply sharing an iTunes-library over the network?