Mac mini to hold itunes or NAS

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mpovolo, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. mpovolo macrumors member

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    I have a MAC and was planning on moving the itunes database onto a nas. Someone mentioned it would operate slow with streamining. So I figured for just a bit more I could get a mac mini and store the itunes there. thoughts?
     
  2. zhenya macrumors 603

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    I had my iTunes content stored on a nas for years with no issues. Obviously wired will provide a more consistent experience than wireless. I've since moved the content back to my iMac, and back up to the nas instead.
     
  3. mpovolo thread starter macrumors member

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    So that's why I wonder why bother with a NAS. perhaps use an external usb drive for backup and get a mini to run the itunes server. it's almost the same money.
    my NAS will cost about $450-500 and the mini is 200 more.
     
  4. zhenya macrumors 603

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    I'm not really clear on what you want to do. A nas is great for centralized storage accessible 24/7 by all devices on your network. Not sure how the mini plays into that.
     
  5. finalcut macrumors 6502

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    My audio files are on my Time Capsule. There is no lag at all. The only problem I have is to make sure I do not forget to mount my TC HDD before opening iTunes.
     
  6. Mawal macrumors regular

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    I tried both...a high performance nas is expensive, a second hand mini quite a affordable...I bought a Mac Mini 2.1 with a newly installed 500GB HD, I added an external 1.5 TB HD.

    The Mac Mini is located in the store cupboard of my flat. I control with the IOS remote app or using screen sharing on my macbook....

    I couldn't be happier. It is is easy to handle, fast and snappy in reaction...with a very limited investment.
     

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