Copy/replicate iTunes from PC to WD NAS disk
Posted on 2015-02-17
I've just got a 3TB WD MyCloud NAS and this is what I would like to do. I'm sure that someone out there must have done this before but feel free to point out any flaws in my Master Plan.....
I have iTunes and all music on my Windows 7 PC. I have a playlist per artist. In each playlist I like to view all their songs in one long list sorted by Album then Album Track Number. All this data is already backed up regularly and as I'm on my own I have no need to move all my iTunes data to the NAS for others to use.
All I want to do is take a copy (a replica if you like) of all the music and playlists I have on the PC and put it on the NAS. The reason is that I use a Cyrus Streamline wireless hi-fi with an n-remote. Using that I want to browse the replica on the NAS by Playlist and have the same long-list-sorted-as-described-above structure. I can do this if I plug in my iPod Classic to the unit's USB socket and go to that - I'm looking for a similar thing when accessing the NAS. Most copying methods and software I've tried (using a USB disk to test with) just created a folder for the artist and then subfolders for each album - not what I want.
I had a quick test with the NAS using some instructions I found on the Apple website which involved making sure the Organise Library option was selected and then carrying out a Consolidation process, having temporarily specified the new location for the iTunes library as the Shared Music folder on the NAS. When completed, I clicked on the little top-left button in itunes to select the MyCloud drive and no playlists were there. The music had been copied over but loads of tracks were listed as 'Unknown Artist' with a playing time of 'Continuous' - what on earth?!?
If possible I want to keep my PC copy as the master and if I download new music and add it to the PC copy then it would be nice if this forced a sync between iTunes on the PC and the alleged iTunes server on the NAS but if I need to update both Master and Replica copies manually then that's no big deal.
Has anyone managed to get existing music AND playlists copied successfully to one of these drives so that other devices - something like my hi-fi for example - can browse a long list of playlists just as nature intended?
I bought this because it claimed to be iTunes friendly and I need to know if it is friend or foe.