So my goal is to play iTunes on my Mac Air with the media being stored on the MBL, nearly as seamlessly as when I had my old black Macbook with the media stored on it locally. I thought it would be as simple as copying the media to the MBL and then going to iTunes preferences- advanced tab- and repoint media location to the public folder on the MBL. Yes it plays, but it takes ~10 secs after I click play to actually start with the beach ball spinning. Airplay drops all the time, especially between songs. It just decides to stop after a few songs sometimes, etc., etc. Just to locate a file in Finder I usually get a beach ball for a few seconds with each click. Already did a factory restore and firmware update and recopied everything second time which did help; before that it was even worse.
Unitl now in the MBL web interface under settings- media I just had enable iTunes server selected. I had been under the impression Twonky doesn’t work with Mac, but today I went to my IP address:9000 and configured Twonky. Selected ‘Generic Media Receiver’ for the Air. It sees the MAC address for the Air, rebooted the MBL and rescanned library. It sees everything, but playback does not seem much better. But when in iTunes if I select the MBL in the left column it seems to do better, but no artwork, no playlists and only about 10% of the songs show up there. Can’t I just play the ‘regular’ way…using the main music folder or regular playlists, smart playlists, etc.? Should I be using Twonky at all? Should iTunes ‘look’ any different if Twonky is used? What am I doing wrong? I really do nat want to use iTunes Match and the Air has very little storage. I have tried so many other ways before getting the MBL and nothing is working out nicely short of using the old Macbook as a server which I really don’t want to do either. Just want to play my tunes without aggrevation.
Sorry for the length and I did search for other similar posts. Maybe someone can point me to another discussion if they know of a helpful one. Thanks in advance.
My set up:
Mac Air with 8GB of RAM all updates current
Time Capsule being used as the router
2TB MBL connected directly to the Time Capsule- MBL firware updated
3 Airport Expresses with speakers plugged in that I want to use simultaneously