6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2010 7:58 AM by Badrakumar
ZorrowQuebec Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
Hi, I am thinking of buying an older mac mini (G4, 1.25 Mhz, 512 RAM) to use as an iTunes server.
It will have Leopard with only iTunes running, with an 2 TB USB HDD attached to it.

I have 2 AppleTV that will connect to it.

Would this mini be good enough for this purpose?

This will free up my current mini from this task...

Mac mini & MBP 13", Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2xApple TV, Ipod Video 30Gig,Nano, MBP13" Sharp Aquos 42" 1080p
  • 1. Re: Using older mini for Media server
    DaddyPaycheck Level 6 Level 6 (16,035 points)
    For faster throughput I'd consider a FireWire drive instead of USB.
  • 2. Re: Using older mini for Media server
    Badrakumar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I may be asking a silly question but I am asking to clarify my doubt.
    I always though Apple TV runs on its own. If you have transfered the media to it then you do not need the mini to run. Could you explain little bit more about your network please.
  • 3. Re: Using older mini for Media server
    ZorrowQuebec Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    If you "Sync" the content to the appleTV (Transferring the movies/tv shows) like you do with your iPod, your tight it will work just fine. But you can imagine with i big movie library, you will fill up the max 160 Gig available on the AppleTV really quick!

    Th other option is to STREAM the content from an server, a computer with iTunes running with an external HD connected to it.

    More of, I own 2 AppleTV, one in the living and one in our bedroom. I want the same content to be available on both so the streaming/server solution is what works best for me.
  • 4. Re: Using older mini for Media server
    Badrakumar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi
    Thanks for the reply. I want to set up some thing like yours. It looks like I too need the same. Let me tell you what I have.
    Mac mini with 750GB iomega ext hard drive. I have more that 300GB of music, video and photos in it.

    Another silly question for my learning. If I buy an Apple TV how do I set up itunes server. Do I have to keep the mini on all the time with itunes running. Please take me through.
  • 5. Re: Using older mini for Media server
    ZorrowQuebec Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    Currently, My main computer is used for my media server as well.

    Setting up iTunes is easy (its an apple product!) you turn on iTunes, plugin your AppleTV in power and if wifi you setup you wifi connection in the AppleTV menu and it will appear in you iTunes (much like your iPod do) and that is where you will set you Sync/Stream options...

    You can have a look in the AppleTV forum, lots of help and ideas there...

    Don't be too afraid with people that have connection issues, Yes it could happen I had those issue, but if you have a strong wifi network or better, if your are cabled, nothing to worry about...
  • 6. Re: Using older mini for Media server
    Badrakumar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks