Western Digital My Book NAS w/AppleTV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Faalkor, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Faalkor macrumors newbie

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    I am thinking about getting a WD My Book NAS to use with an ATV. According to WD and other websites the My Book acts as a iTunes Server. Does this mean I don't need to have my Mac running to stream movies from the NAS to the Apple TV? If not, what does iTunes server actually mean...
     
  2. JonHimself macrumors 68000

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    Unfortunately the iTunes server is only for audio and not video... it also will not stream even the audio to your Apple TV (I'm not positive, but I think that's true). My understanding is that the iTunes Server will allow you to have a shared iTunes library pop-up in your iTunes when it's open (like when you have to people running iTunes on the same network). It allows you to browse and listen to the music via the iTunes on your computer.
     
  3. scott2206 macrumors newbie

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    So like the "home share" and shared library's? So you slap all your media on the WD server and everyone on your network can access it? Seems a bit pointless if you can do that without the server.
     
  4. Faalkor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That sucks, I thought I had finally found an affordable NAS that I could stream to an Apple TV. Is a Windows Home Server, an old Mac, or Mac Mini my only options?
     
  5. scott2206 macrumors newbie

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    would a HD connected to an airport express not work for what you want? Or is a computer still needed to access the data from the HD and stream to :apple:TV? Not to sure but it's an idea.
     
  6. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    If you don't hack the :apple:TV so that you can attach a big hard drive via the USB port, then sync all of your content to that hard drive, you otherwise must have a computer on and iTunes running.

    There is NO solution that doesn't involve running iTunes on a computer if you want to stream any content to the :apple:TV.
     
  7. apramanik macrumors newbie

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    To use Hard Drive connected to ATV by USB

    I like to know how I can integrate usb connected HD and ATV drive seanlessly. Thanks
     
  8. paduck macrumors 6502

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    I think you mean "Airport Extreme".

    You need a computer running iTunes to stream to the Apple TV. I "am very confident" (but not "positive") that these various iTunes media servers also cannot stream Protected MP3's - basically they can only push DRM-free content.
     
  9. Faalkor thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Why :apple:TV isn't uPnP compliant is beyond me

     
  10. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    Hacks do work though, and there are free ones for getting the USB port working with an external drive for fairly massive storage. Basically, it switches the media storage from the internal drive to the external drive. And I'm under the impression that it can handle at least up to 2TB... maybe more.

    Just search for patchstick and similar.
     

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