Remote access to iTunes and iPhoto on WD My Book Live

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  1. ajalro macrumors newbie

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    Hi to all,

    I'm outta home and I'd like to remotely access with iphone/ipad to the itunes / iphoto library which is on the My Book Live connected to the router at home. First I have to move the two libraries from the mac to the My Book Live (MBL).
    Then, the problem is that the iphoto library is organized in a strange way and if I don't use iPhoto software I cannot display its various events properly, so, on iphone/ipad if I simply use a file explorer I can't browse among photos as they appear if I used the iphoto software on mac.
    With the app that Western Digital offers the contents of the iPhoto library are displayed as a normal file manager or as iphoto events organization?
    For the itunes library browsing in the folders is more intuitive, the songs are stored by artist name and album, but when I use Western Digital app to browse remotely do I have to open song by song, or there is a music player to listen entire album or playlist without having to select each song from time to time?

    Thanks
     
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Unless you look at the iPhoto Library via OS X Finder, you will discover, that it is a regular folder with lots of subfolders:
    http://gigaom.com/2007/11/06/how-to-access-your-iphoto-08-library-from-your-browser/
    Your original shots are in Originals folder in there.
    As the iOS devices are not meant for network share access, there is no better way than the File Browser to connect to network shares from iOS, at least not that I knew.
     
  3. ajalro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In the "original" folder of iPhoto, photos are organized in a strange way that is not reflecting the organization I gave creating events in iPhoto. In "Original" I have only two main folders: 2012 and 2013, and inside of them I strangely find photos that (if I open iPhoto) I find in events I created related to something happened before 2012/2013 and specified not as per year but as per type: birthdays, honeymoon, summer...etc etc
    with the app of WD that come with My Book Live I will be able to browse in the first view (as simple file browser) o in the second (as an iphoto events viewer)?
    Is there any way to obtain the second one?
    thanks
     
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  5. ajalro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    very thanks pritv... sorry, what do you mean with "FB"?
    the first one (photograb) is not available on appstore, in any case it was only for ipad (I need above all for iphone)
    The second one (airpics) is available, but also it's only for ipad and it needs a server app running on mac, this means that I access to a library resident on Mac and the Mac must be turned on. I need to access to my photos and videos when my mac it's off instead.
    At this point I think the only way to get my goal is the following: I can use export feature in iphoto to move photos form the iPhoto library to external folders.
    In this way I can have a copy of my iphoto library to put on an external drive connected to my router so I can access via 3G to.
    But at that point my question is: which app do I have to use to browse the photos as an album (slideshow mode)? Infact if the file browser view them as generic files (without preview) I have to open each one to see what photo is, contrariwise I want the file browser recognizes those are photos so I can scroll them as an album
    How can I do this?
     
  6. ajalro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I'd like... but I don't have WD My Book Live, I'm thinking to buy it if it allows me to do what I'm looking for.
    Could you please tell me if it does? both with photos and also videos stored in same folder?
     
  7. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Also, you could look around for a NAS, that sports some photo hosting app over Web-technology. That way you'd be browsing your stuff on mobile just using Safari.

    PS By FB I meant FileBrowser (not FaceBook) iOS App.
     
  8. ajalro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    for example...?
     
  9. ajalro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    WD Photos comes here again... so I deduce you think that wd my book live is a good choice as NAS? As well as the others you mentioned?
    The points (for me that I cannot try because of I don't have MBL) is again: wd photos with wd my book live allows me when I use an iphone/ipad to browse the photos as an album (slideshow mode)? Infact if the file browser view them as generic files (without preview) I have to open each one to see what photo is, contrariwise I want the file browser recognizes those are photos so I can scroll them as an album. And is it the same for the videos stored in the same folder of photos?
    Thanks
     
  10. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Worth mentioning: none of those NAS solutions bear any relationships with iPhoto! They all maintain their own photo gallery and you are supposed to keep it in sync with your iPhoto.
    Because those NAS-es really only go about photo sharing. iPhoto is about photo editing and (photo project)management.
    PS I own a D-Link NAS myself, but I've never cared about their Photo Center app, because I can live with the iCloud Photo Stream. Thus I am incompetent to answer your specific questions about the presentation options those NAS webservers /dedicated apps have built in.
     

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