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What is an "iTunes Server"?

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Jan 22, 2009 10:09 AM
I am questing for the ultimate DLNA capable NAS (network attached storage). Several of the manufactures list this somewhat enigmatic "iTunes Server" capability.

What the heck is an "iTunes Server"? Is this just a official title for the act of moving your iTunes folder from your hard drive to a network share or is there an actual interactive application running on the NAS that provides the holy grail of iTunes capability: the ability to maintain one iTunes library in one location (the NAS) from several computers?

They seem to toss this term "iTunes Server" around like its a real thing but I can't find any meaningful explanation of what it is.

Any insight?


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    Jan 22, 2009 11:51 PM (in response to Michael Hoyt)
    Hi Michael,

    Yes it was useful - thanks very much. It helps me out as I was just looking at the ReadyNAS pro by Netgear. It also says it includes a "Apple iTunes 7.0 server" but without explanation.

    I'm a Windows/Apple slider and although the Apple apps seem really slick, I find them difficult to scale. I wish iTunes could work well with multiple clients from one library, and I wish the same from iPhoto. Even the more expensive Aperture is disappointing in this area. Apple has some workarounds for sharing but they are clunky at best.

    I think this all stems from the Unix file system being "user" based. Say what you want about NTFS, but it makes media sharing a whole lot easier.

    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)


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