What do you use your Media Server for?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Tech198, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    Hi al..

    I have my own Media Server(Mac Mini) set up, but i'm wanting a bit of encouragement or rather seeing what other people use it for when they already have streaming services like iTunes & Netflix...

    The idea, I'm looking at is "Well, it its all on iTunes/Netflix anyway, why have a mini server."

    Then I thought of, "Well, when it gets pulled" that's probably a good enough reason, but apart from that, it's probably the ONLY reason, apart from the fact its not there in the first place.

    So, what does everyone who has Netflix/itunes use their Media server for ? and why do you choose it over streaming services which has the same content ?
     
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

    MacsRgr8

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    I have a Mac mini (server) as a iTunes & Plex media server (amongst other things like a FileServer, NetInstall)

    I like to import my CD's using the Apple Lossless Decoder on iTunes and stream the max. quality that's still convenient.

    I like having the data "in house" (I also have iTunes Match if I'm not in..)
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

    Gav2k

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    Mac mini - drobo - plex

    iTunes March for everything else
     
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

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    I use mine as a night-light and a drink warmer, in addition to serving media.
     
  5. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

    velocityg4

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    I've got it loaded up with my DVD and BluRay library ripped at high quality. With the Bluray's ripped I can get much higher quality video than iTunes, Netflix, &c offer. Heck even though the DVDs are lower resolution I still get better audio and less artifacts.

    Also opposed to iTunes. I can get movies for much less this way. Since I can look for deals and used discs. While with iTunes I'm stuck with Apple's price.

    I should note for pricing most of my library is 80's movies and earlier. Some 90's and very little after 2000. At least half is from the 1930's and 40's.
     

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