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Central cloud storage for sharing music – recommendations?

Posted on 2014-01-09
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We have a client in the music industry that want to share music amongst a handful of staff (all legit and legal). Therefore they want the library stored on a central server / in the cloud, and they want to grant certain users access to that music library.

Initially we were thinking of using a service like SugarSync to do this.
So those granted access would have the library downloaded onto their computer and they could add it to their iTunes library or whatever their preferred media player is.
However having used SugarSync, we are concerned about the way it likes to complain about a file being accessed by another user, so if two people are playing the same music file, or iTunes is processing the library on two different computers, SugarSync might start complaining that someone else is accessing the same file.

I wonder if anyone else knows of a good way to approach this matter. Is there dedicated, well priced service out there, that would allow us to achieve the same.

Thanks in advance.
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by:dlethe
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It is going to be impractical to create a large read-only share with multiple concurrent access on the internet.  The issue isn't really at the server side, assuming you have the bandwidth, but it is going to be on the client side.

Client software updates things like last access time and are architected to use local files so they can rename them if necessary to maintain the database.

So the question you must ask first, is consult with the end-users and see what client software they use.  Then determine if those packages will work on a read-only network mount.  If not, then you are wasting your time unless you can convince them to use something other than iTunes.

If they want to use a streaming protocol, then you have to deal with firewalls and non-standard ports that may be blocked by routers between the server and end-user computer.  Another big can of worms.

So again, it all comes down to the client software and determining what they require first.

One idea, however, if you do a large iSCSI target for read-only device, then this will appear as a local dedicated HDD to each system, like it was on a CD or DVD (sorta).   This would still have implementation challenges but may be the way to go if you insist on making this something on the cloud.
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by:Gerald Connolly
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So do you have these sugarsync files setup as read-only or just shared?
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by:afflik1923
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At present we don't have anything setup for this particular client. We wanted to devise the best way of doing this, but at present have not managed it.
Any further input is welcome.
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we ended up just using Sugar Sycn. Not ideal but when managed correctly we got it to work.
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Did not really get the input we hoped. Appreciate the suggestions that were made.
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