Very exhaustive information about video and other capabilities of this unit and I’m satisfied that it can do everything I want in the video realm, but I’m hoping someone can help me with the iTunes Server part of this. Forgive me if the questions are newb-ish. I’ll try to explain.
How does the iTunes Server work? The way I assume it works is that I can have my iTunes library stored on the Hub, and can access songs, playlists, radio stations etc via the UI on the Hub. Is this assumption correct?
Since it’s called a Server, can I store my iTunes library (files, playlists, etc) on the Hub and then access it from other computers on my network via sharing? Also, will it act on the Hub like it acts in iTunes (ie can browse music intelligently, not just in folders etc). Does album art get displayed if it’s present in the mp3 tag?
If I keep my library on the Hub (using a drive letter, not home sharing) and control my library from my laptop, how does it work when downloading podcasts and adding new music to the library and then updating devices like iPods and iPhones? Would the podcasts and new music be downloaded directly to the Hub, and then when devices sync they’d be copied over the network, through the computer and then onto the device? Or am I way off?
If I have an AirPort Express set up in my home to stream my iTunes library wirelessly to speakers, can I stream it from the Hub to the speakers using the Apple Remote on my iPhone? Is there a way to enter that access code on the Hub that the Remote needs to validate the connection (know what I mean?) Or would I always have to access the library through a computer, and then control the library through iTunes on the computer?
In a nutshell, there’s little documentation I can find on how the iTunes Server works and I want to know more. I want to know how best to incorporate my music collection throughout my house. I want to have access to my iTunes library through a combination of the Hub and Airport Express / Remote without leaving my computer on all the time.
Hope someone can help me understand this functionality. Thanks.