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TOPIC: Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad?

Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad? 3 months 3 weeks ago #48868

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iTunes is my main music management tool and I don’t care much to change that. It’s a large library of a terabyte and a bit. I’d love to simply copy that to an external SSD and hook it up to the SHD directly for use in Volumio.

- I assume I can forget about the actual iTunes library and playlists? Just the files and file structure, then?

- ALAC?

- I had read that Volumio does not work too well with large USB disks, still true?

- short of having keeping an always-on Mac in my entertainment system, what’s my best shot here?

(I currently run an old, dying Mac mini as my player for a vast local iTunes library, Apple Music player, AirPlay receiver, and video library/player feeding into the TV. It has a cheap Schiit D/A connected. There’s a stand-alone CD-player that is gathering dust. A beloved Thorens TD-126 III (blah blah pickup, arm, cables) feeds an esoteric German phono stage. It all connects to a Marantz PM-11 S1 feeding a pair of B&W 805S. (All for sale btw ;-)


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Ragu
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Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad? 3 months 2 weeks ago #48877

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Hi, connect your mac mini with USB to SHD (Studio). You can keep using your current way of playing music instead of using the Volumio/streaming part of the SHD.
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Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad? 3 months 2 weeks ago #48879

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ragurix wrote:
(I currently run an old, dying Mac mini as my player

Not an option.
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Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad? 3 months 2 weeks ago #49020

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Does anybody have experience with a) an iTunes library on an external drive b) a large library on an external drive connected to SHD?

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Ragu
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Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad? 3 months 1 week ago #49072

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ragurix wrote:
Does anybody have experience with a) an iTunes library on an external drive b) a large library on an external drive connected to SHD?

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Ragu

Take a look at this thread, maybe there is a solution to your problem. If, by any chance, the problem is somewhat the same (corrupted headers of mp3 files), you can repair them using iTunes.
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Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad? 3 months 1 week ago #49177

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To be clear I haven’t tried anything yet, am in the planning phase of maybe getting an SHD.

I have heard that performance with an external disk and a large amount of files was bad on Volumio on SHD. Any changes?
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Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad? 3 months 1 week ago #49179

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The best way is to use network storage and install MinimServer on it, whether a NAS or PC/Mac. (Or Roon, which amounts to the same thing in terms of hardware/network topology).
I am not miniDSP support.

"You must ask the right questions." - Dr. Alfred Lanning's hologram.
-> Have you read the User Manual??
-> Have you drawn and posted a diagram?
-> Have you posted a screenshot?
-> Have you posted your config file?
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Volumio + large iTunes lib on ext disk, still bad? 3 months 1 week ago #49180

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Thanks John for your input!

The best solution for me would be to simply plug an external SSD into the back of the SHD. I am specifically asking the USB disk question because I have no desire for a separate NAS or always-on computer.

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