Moving your iTunes library to a NAS

Lee Hutchinson for Ars Technica:

Building a central multi-user iTunes server that works consistently and well— that’s also easy to configure and maintain without needing remote administration tools or command line hackery—is annoyingly difficult. However, it is relatively easy to take your iTunes library and simply move it to a NAS. It’s not the house iTunes server we wish we had, but it does get your data off of your computer’s local hard disk drive.

It’s worth noting up front – as Hutchinson’s article does – that this isn’t about setting up an iTunes server for all the clients on your network. This is, instead, about offloading your iTunes library from your machine to a network attached storage device instead. There are some really good reasons for doing this.

My impetus for wanting to give this a try is my increasing reliance on my MacBook Air, which has a fairly skimpy Solid State Drive (SSD) that isn’t nearly large enough to hold my ever-growing collection of music and movies.

  • I’ve wanted to do something similar for some time. I’ve kept a 2006 Mac Pro with the bays full of drives and home sharing turned on to solve this problem so far. iTunes Match does a pretty decent job for the music portion but its still a pain point for me. I’ve heard good things about people using a Synology NAS for this purpose but no personal experience.

  • Glen Gray

    I upgraded my ageing macbookpro to an SSD a few months ago, great upgrade, but doing this was essential. It’s been hit and miss for me reliability wise, so make sure you’ve a backup of your files