Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 5:41 AM (in response to 72457245)
There are some wireless external hard drives that can be used with the iPad.
The Kingston Wi-Drive, which costs $50 for the 16 Gigabyte, and then $30 more for every 16 gigs more. It works by you turning it on and then accessing the files on it from an app that you download on your iDevice. You can access music, movies, and other stuff. No connections or anything, it works like a WiFi connection, you connect to it from the setting on the iPad under wireless networks.
Then there is the Seagate GoFlex, which some would recommend over the Wi-Drive. But this one costs $199 and had 500 Gigabytes of storage. It works the sameway as the Kingston: no wires, runs over its wireless connection. You can actually fit up to 300 HD movies on it.
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Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 5:53 AM (in response to Texas Mac Man)
Those seem like nice options but I think I would need to have the drive with me... to establish the connection.... right?
I guess what I'm looking for is to keep the drive at home. Basically, I want to have a massive itunes library at my home, and then be able to stream off it with any of my devices remotely.
So, ideally it would go something like;
[External HD w/ media] -> [Router] -> [Internet] -> [Device 1000 miles away] -> [Speakers]
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 6:02 AM (in response to 72457245)
I would consider itunes match, where your entire itunes library is stored in the cloud. You have to pay a small yearly fee, but itunes pretty much does all the work.
For other data, consider using icloud to sync and back up your data. You get 5GB of free storage and can pay for more.
You can also use back to mac, for data/content on your mac.
Back to my mac.
Back to my mac w/time capsule or airport base station
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 7:13 AM (in response to GrumpyGator)
However, I'm not looking to store in a remote cloud. I believe I should be able to do this at my home. Also, my music library goes well beyond the itunes 25,000 songs limit... but this is less relevant. I'm looking for home storage and remote access to stream from there, not to store with a 3rd party. Back to mac seems good, but can I stream from there easily from Itunes on ipad/iphone? It seems like not.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2012 9:30 AM (in response to 72457245)
Any 'remote desktop' type application should work for, your limitations would be connection speed and if the power goes out at your house. Depending on how important access is to you, then more than one solution may be necessary. You will have to experiment a little to see what works best for you.
I have streamed music via Remote Desktop, but again your connection speed is important. There are many possible solutions, just depends on how tech savvy you are and how much work you are willing to put into it.
I suggested iTunes Match due to the simplicity.
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