I have a late-2012 Mac Mini and am looking to see if a NAS can serve as its replacement. My favorite NAS so far is the Synology DS218+. I definitely believe a NAS can replicate the function of a single storage location for my digital data and can provide the backups I need. What I'm trying to figure out is whether certain functions of an Apple computer can be replicated by a NAS.
- Managing music
- iTunes Match requires a Mac or PC. I know Synology supports iTunes, but I don't think it will be able to work the same way as iTunes Match. Doing a little research I found a way to install and run Windows applications on Linux. It's called WINE. It is a program that adds a compatibility layer. Here is their site: https://www.winehq.org/. Does anyone know of a simpler way to solve this issue?
- Photo backups
- Using iCloud allows me to no longer need to regularly download photos to my Mac Mini, but doesn't allow me to create a backup of those photos. If there was a way to download photos from iCloud to the NAS I could have a backup. Does anyone know if I can download iCloud files using Synology's Linux OS?