itunes music server.....

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by mrgreeneyes, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. mrgreeneyes macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    hi, i am very interested in trying to make a itunes music server for me at home.

    what i need to know is how can i make a server?

    i guess it would have to be able to run mac os x server.

    but i would also like it to be able to stream to my apple tv.

    money is not an issue, as i will be slowly building this.

    so any suggestions on how i can get started will be great. thanks

    oh and i almost forgot, i dont want it to just be a mac pro or a mini turned into a server. i want it to be as simple and small as possible.

  2. mrgreeneyes thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    it can run mac osx server?

    i thougt drobo is just a NAS
  3. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    It is just a NAS but I didn't think there was software for an iTunes server. What exactly are you looking for. What do you want it to do?
  4. mrgreeneyes thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    all i want it to do is be able to stream all my itunes media to my apple tv with out the need of having my laptop on.
  5. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    Have you considered getting an old/used/refurbished mac, and just use it as an iTunes hub/Backup/Sync Station?

    I'm also looking for an "iTunes Server" solution. Right now, I have two Apple-TV's, Synced or Shared from a PowerMac G4, with a few internal drives and an external. It works fairly well, there are times when I may have to reset either iTunes or one of the Apple-TV's. Generally this has been ideal. In the future I plan to just get a Mac mini, with at least an additional 1TB external drive and use it specifically for iTunes sharing.

    Of course this is not the easiest, or financially friendly option, but I think in the end it's the best option.

    I can personally recommend these retail sites, that may have a system that can meet your needs.

    I do not represent any of these site's but have purchased from them and have been quite satisfied- I even have a G4 Cube still kickin' even with 10.4.11!

    *** Also if your still avoiding the whole "Don't want a MacPro/Mini" thing, You can get an old Xserve G4 for under $600 at run either as a shared desktop or get Mac OS X Server- So I hope this might help point you in the right direction to accomplish your iTunes Media Center
  6. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
    If you have an old computer laying around you may want to consider FreeNAS. It's a free NAS operating system that also include Firefly media server, to stream audio for iTunes.
  7. mpshay macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2008
    Drobo was supposed to opening up to developers, but I don't think anyone has released an itunes server app yet. I went the mac mini & 1 TB FW drive route
  8. bondtrails macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    Just use a cheap PC or an old mac...

    ...I have a dedicated iTunes server and its incredibly simple. All you need is a computer (mac or PC), add plenty of hard drives, install iTunes, and network that computer. Its that easy. You certainly don't need OS X Server either.

    My first iTunes Server was an old B&W 400Mhz Mac, it had OS X 10.3 and 400 gig of storage with an 802.11g network card so I can VNC into it from my laptop. It served faithfully until it failed over the summer.

    My current iTunes Server is a cheap HP computer which I got on uBid (for less than $350) and came with Windows Vista Home Premium, 500 Gig of hard drive, and an integrated tuner, HDMI output, 802.11n and other good things. This computer is hooked up to my 50" Plasma and I use it as an overall media server where I can watch DVDs, music videos, etc etc via iTunes. I also use it to stream my entire library of 4000 CDs, 100 movies (which I ripped using Handbrake and Slysoft), and TV shows to my Apple TVs in my bedroom and basement.


  9. mrgreeneyes thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    awesome help, thanks so much!

    i do actially have an old pc laying around. but it does not work.

    i would love to get a xserve, that would be the exact thing i need, but i do not have the money right now.

    if i had the money i would get a new one from apple. but they are still very expensive.
  10. jzuena macrumors 6502a


    Feb 21, 2007
    Lexington, MA, USA
    And if you don't want to install FreeNAS, there are several NAS solutions that already have a Firefly plugin. I have a Promise SmartNAVI NS4300 and their iTunes plugin is based on Firefly (more specifically, it uses mt-daapd which became Firefly). It should cost slightly less than an Xserve :D
  11. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    An Xserve would be a completely pointless waste of money for an iTunes music server. Just buy a cheap PC and stick as many hard drives in as you can, install iTunes and have it running all the time. Job done.
  12. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    This makes no sense at all. A server can be anything that can serve out resources to clients. I think a mini is about as small as you can get.

    I have no idea why you believe you need an Xserve. It's far from ideal as it is a waste of resources (financially, economically, and energy). It sounds like you just want a setup that looks cool, especially given the advice above your post regarding old PC's and such.

    Considering you want this small, an Xserve definitely doesn't fit this requirement.
  13. Superman07 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
  14. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    I have a HP ML110 G5 (Intel Xeon 2.3ghz Dual Core) 1gb Ram, 250gb HDD that i bought from ebuyer for £140 i put another gig of ram in and 2 1tb hdd's then installed FreeBSD 7 and MT-DAAP (As someone else mentioned)

    Runs a iTunes server perfectly :) sharing over 100,000 music files to my computers in the house.
  15. osiris315 macrumors member


    Apr 7, 2005
    Valencia, Spain
    Jinzora media server - A web-based streaming media and management system. Access to your online music and video collection from any device with a web browser. Enjoy your media from your PC, notebook, PDA, Smart Phone, Xbox, PS3 or Wii.
  16. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I hang mine off my Time Capsule using a 1 TB USB drive. 1400 CDs of yummy lossless audio available all over the house and even when away on my iPhone using Simplicity.

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