Streaming .flac music files

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ljcarr, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. ljcarr macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2010
    Hi will a second hand Mac mini (around 2007 model ) store and play back .flac music files? As I'd like to connect one to a music streamer and use it for ripping and storing my CDs then control it via my ipad/phone
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    I admit I don't quite follow your connectivity steps for playback but yes, you can use a Mini to make and store flac files. Depending on what device you are using, you can either set up a folder to be shared or use an application that shows your collection in a DLNA set up.

    You may want to check out XBMC, PLEX and JRivers for some playback option software.

    I have a fair size CD library converted to both Apple Lossless and also to flac. The former is for my portable music playback and the latter is for my home theater set up (AVR receiver and nice speakers). I store my flac on a NAS and it is recognized due to an installed app as a DLNA recognizable system so that my receiver can see it. My receiver also has an iPad/iPhone app that works very well to access the files. Also, my Oppo 103 blu ray player can see those files as well.

    Mac Mini, Marantz NR1602, Goldenear 5.0 system (left and right are Trition 7), 2 x QNAP NAS, Oppo 103.
  3. ljcarr thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2010
    Thanks for the quick reply, I've just moved into a renovated old house, it currently only has one phone socket, so don't really have ability to network house properly!
    I have just purchased a Naim Supernait Integrated Amplifier which I have in the living room and would like to get something as a music source which holds my .flac music files and be able to connect directly to the naim, and then to control the source via a ipad/phone. The Mac mini would enable me to rip my CDs to its hdd and when that's all done connect to it via its wifi to control it.
  4. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    I will admit I am not that familiar with the NAIM system.

    Does your NAIM have net connectivity? (Ethernet or wifi)

    Also, it seems (just a fast look) that there are several components one can buy in the NAIM family and a mention of an app for iPhone/iPad.

    There are various models for connectivity. The two most common would be a network handshake and simply direct connect akin to a tuner or CD player.

    Once you know which direction you want or can go with the above, it would be easier to help you out.

    My system can use network and direct connect (plus airplay). I use network for my flac files. My AVR can see my NAS and my iPhone and iPad app handles it all nicely. I save direct connect for my blu ray player (which also can see the NAS) and for my TiVo. I am hoping you are in a similar circumstance as from time to time, I also bring up an app on my Mini that also is seen through the net by my AVR and I can play from the Mini.

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