iTunes server question

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by iowamensan, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. iowamensan macrumors 6502

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    I currently have my iTunes library stored on two external drives hooked up to my Core Duo iMac. I am going to be losing my office this summer (to become a nursery) and rather than move my iMac to the basement, I was thinking about selling it and getting a laptop so I can keep it in the living room. The problem is that I need an iTunes server for my 300 or so movies for the Apple TV. I can get a G4 PowerMac for a good price (free), and was wondering if it would be able to handle the task of being my iTunes server. It is a 533Mhz machine with 1GB RAM, and it would be plugged into my router with ethernet instead of wireless like my iMac is currently. I would keep my movies on the externals, and just plug them into the G4.
    TIA,
    Geoff

    (OK, I just noticed that the G4 has USB 1.0, and one of my externals is USB. I'm pretty sure that USB won't keep up with video streaming, do they make a USB 2.0 card for the G4? Or am I better off getting a different (FireWire) external?)
     
  2. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

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    If the G4 is wired (ethernet) or is g or n capable, you should have no problem. Just don't look to the G4 for encoding, unless you're a very very very patient person. ;)
     
  3. mallbritton macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I would bag the USB 1.0 idea. You'll definitely want a USB 2.0 card for video streaming, even over ethernet.

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    Michael
     
  4. MikieMikie macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. Sorry I missed the whole section on USB 1.0.

    Forget it.

    What about a mini mac?
     
  5. mallbritton macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I'm going to get. I'm going to put a Mac min along with my multiple external HDDs in a little closet so I can "unwire" MBP again.

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    Michael
     
  6. f(A)t'kId macrumors member

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    I second the mac mini idea

    I second the mac mini idea. That should work great for your iTunes movie collection. Also its not to pricey.
     
  7. iowamensan thread starter macrumors 6502

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  9. Sean Dempsey macrumors 68000

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    Leopard will load on that, right?

    I can't see any reason this wouldn't work. Computers/Drives have been faster than 100mbs for quite some time. If you're external drives are 7200rpm, I don't think there will be any hiccups at all.
     
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  12. andypress macrumors regular

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    The only downside to using that computer is that it will increase the time it takes to load your library on client computers / apple tv's. (The iTunes process utilizes 100% cpu on my dual 1ghz xserve)
     

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