most lightweight home sharing setup possible?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by nicho, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. nicho macrumors 68000

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    i have a couple of apple tvs (a 2nd and a 3rd gen) in the house. i have a fairly large movie collection on an external hard drive, but i don't want to put it in my main itunes library (what i do right now is add a select few, watch them, delete etc.) but i'd like to run a second instance of itunes when i'm at home to allow me to stream *all* of them.

    what's my best option without taxing my rMBP too much? i'm was thinking of my old copy of windows XP in parallels - can i pare the settings right down so it runs in the background without me noticing a hit on the computer, but still performs well enough for streaming movies?

    has anyone else done anything similar?
     
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    I think simply creating another user account and running a second copy of iTunes would be far less taxing than a copy of Windows+iTunes.

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  3. nicho thread starter macrumors 68000

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    would that cause me any issues if i ever want to disconnect my MBP and take it somewhere? ie, not being able to eject drives because it's in use by another person.
     
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    You would certainly have to stop iTunes on the secondary user before ejecting the drive. Still less convoluted than running a copy of Windows.

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  5. nicho thread starter macrumors 68000

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    i'm not sure. parallels would smooth that over for me, automatically shutting it down etc. and opening it on login
     
  6. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Fast-user-switching means flipping over to your secondary user and logging it off (which takes care of that copy of iTunes as well of course) is a trivial task. It would probably take less time than shutting down/suspending Windows on Parallels.

    I ran a user with a second copy of iTunes for sharing purposes for years. I cannot imagine any scenario where doing that in a Windows VM would be the better choice for either convenience or performance reasons.

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  7. nicho thread starter macrumors 68000

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    you're right. i'll give it a go. do you happen to know roughly, the size of a single user account in OSX nowadays?
     
  8. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    I do not know off the top of my head. I would guess a few megabytes. I suspect you will know shortly... :)

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  9. Lumpy05 macrumors member

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    There is a great DIY article on How to Build a $150-$300 iTunes media server using a Compute Stick and external hard drives. Just another option that might be appealing in your situation.
     
  10. Hermes Monster macrumors 6502a

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    Buy an Apple TV 4 and an Airport Extreme (or a similar router you can plug your HDD in to) and use the many streaming apps on the ATV4, I recommend Infuse. Then you can leave the MacBook out of it :)
     
  11. nicho thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have a couple of Apple TVs so I'd have to buy a couple of ATV4s. And a new router.

    It'd be cheaper to buy a Mac mini.
     

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