Personal Music Server

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Dwalls90, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009

    I have lots of music that I want to have access to from college, my house, ect. Furthermore, every now and then I want to share a few tracks with my friends, family, ect.

    Before you read further, yes, I own the music, and yes, what I am asking to do is not illegal, I've done the research :)

    That said, what I am THINKING of trying, is to put an older "server" mac behind my router at my home address, and allowing sharing using FTP (I know how to port forward to the "server" mac). These are my questions/concerns;

    - I don't want anyone to have access to any other folders except this single music folder.
    - I need to maintain the ability to read/write files remotely, but only allow others to read the files.
    - What OS? Linux or Lion?
    - Is there a software I should be using rather than using Lion or Linux's FTP protocols?

    Thank you in advance for helping a networking n00b out :D
  2. jeyf macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2009
    look into a free app tonido. example install it at home and access your files and music using any broser. also an iphone app.
    -dosnt work well with video
    -a little unstable
    -i can play most any music format
    -you can restrict only individual directories
    -odd interface and users manual
    -it has a semi functional admin guest account scheme

    you really want to install VPN, works well and stable
  3. Dwalls90 thread starter macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    Thank you for your input.

    I only need music, but I want the media to be downloadable by file/folder (track/album). Is that an option?
  4. nelek macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    Get a good NAS like a Synology. Its way better geared towards you want to do :

    - Lower power consumption than a computer
    - Comes with built in FTP functionality, so you can define user access to certain areas of the systems
    - Can serve your music trough an iTunes Server, so all the Macs in your LAN can see the music and stream it, including playlists
    - Can serve your music trough iOS apps, turning an iPhone or iPad into a streaming iPod.
    - Has a built in secure HTTP portal, which gives you an iTunes like interface in a webbrowser, allowing you to stream your music from within the browser
    - Has a web interface for files, so you can download and upload content
    - Time Machine Support
    - Easy backup and synchronisation


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