Media Hub: Windows PC??

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by RampantSpooning, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. RampantSpooning macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2015
    Hi all,

    I just had a similar post to this one deleted from the Apple Support Forums without explanation, can't log in to my account now, so not exactly sure what is going on!

    Anyway, basically I am looking to set up a central Media Hub (all my iTunes content - music, video, apps etc.) that I can control via my Macbook Pro and iPhone/iPad using Home Sharing and/or Airplay. I also have an Apple TV, Zeppelin Air and Airport Express.

    Lots of people's solution seems to be a Mac mini, but then I though why can't I just use my old windows PC and buy some extra storage? I can control it via Home Sharing from my Macbook, allowing me to send video to the Apple TV and audio to the Zeppelin. Equally I can use the Apple Remote from my iPhone and iPad to again send video and audio to the Apple TV and Zeppelin respectively.

    So my question is this: Is there any reason for to change to a Mac mini? Are there benefits I am not thinking of? Bear in mind, I won't use if for anything other than media. It will just sit on my TV stand.

    Thanks, in advance.
  2. sulliweb macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2011
    I use an ASUS Revo 3700 with an Atom processor as an iTunes Server. That's about all it can handle, but I've had it running on that for three years, I think, and however many versions of iTunes have come out in that time frame. I say if it works, go for it!
  3. foobarbazqux macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2014
    That's because this is a Mac forum :) Seriously though, a Windows PC will work just fine as an iTunes server.
  4. RampantSpooning thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2015
    Ha. True, just checking I wasn't missing out on anything by not using a Mac mini.

    Thanks both for your responses.
  5. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2012
    No, and I prefer Windows for HTPC use.
  6. littlepooch21 macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    are you going to be using it just as a server or are you going to use it like a HTPC?
  7. RhythmAndBlues macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2015
    Maybe it's just the vagaries of my PC setup, but I tend to find that Apple devices 'play better' with Macs. Certainly, I've had more issues with Windows iTunes than I've ever had with OS X iTunes.

    Purely anecdotally. My experiences may be isolated.

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