Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by JRM, Apr 11, 2014.
5 releases later on DP 12 we do get Eyes of the World > Seastones which is nice.
I have Plex but don’t use it for music.
I have my Mac Mini with an antenna which I use for home TV/DVR and to serve video.
Are you running Plex directly from the NAS? Music only?
What is Plex?
Dick used to say that "Dick's Picks" was a misnomer. He would make suggestions as an informed curator, and then he'd have to fight with people up the chain about which shows were worthy, or whether the sound quality met standards, or how many discs could be in the set, etc. The final decisions weren't really up to him. I wonder if that's changed much since Dave took over the job.
Plex is home media server software. It is very versatile and has client software for pretty much every device out there.
I use it for home video. DVDs get ripped to a hard drive. There is also a dvr function, which I have using an antenna/digital tuner.
I can then access that library from the Xbox on the main TV, from an AppleTV or Roku, or from a mobile phone, tablet or computer.
Plex will convert video on the fly into a compatible stream. For travel, it will work over an internet connection, but you can also download media onto a phone or tablet.
No “>” in the DP #12 sequence. The Eyes is from 26 June, Seastones is from 28 June.
Oog I'm still confused, I'll try to study up on it on the computer
Check out the rehearsals. Some of that stuff is pretty damn good.
That's the encore Eyes, right? That's a neat version.
I've had the rehearsals and the Dylan sets on the computer for a while. Just haven't taken the time to drag them over to iTunes. I'll do that this week.
Yes, it runs directly on the NAS. I have my movies, tv shows, and multiple music libraries all running through it. Including my iTunes (mp3) and two separate FLAC libraries.
For those that don’t know, Plex has a web interface as well as desktop and mobile apps so I can access ALL of my stuff anywhere I have an internet connection
It’s pretty straight forward. It’s basically the all-in-one media management software that iTunes wanted to be, but it’s format agnostic and much more flexible in terms of device compatibility, customization, etc. I highly recommend it.
I see. So I can put it on my computer and just load music etc. files there and use it to play them?
Yes. And then you can use their clients to access that library from other devices.
Right. Or, if you have a large library and your local hard drive isn't big enough, which I'm sure is an issue for many of us. You can get a NAS. I have a Synology and really like it. Synology Inc.
For those of you that have had devices die lately, like @warewolf95, it might be worth looking into. The start up cost can vary. I have a 4 bay box with 4, 4TB hard drives. With redundancy, etc. I have over 10 TB of space available. I'm using less than 1/3 of that an I've got over 650 movies, and hundreds of CDs in multiple formats, and a whole bunch of other stuff on there. All accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.
I just transferred 3.12 TB in about 8 hours.
As mentioned above back up as often as you can. I have 4 hard drives that are complete with my music, lableled the way I like, and then I have copies with 3-5 friends/family at any given time. I also have another 7 hard drives here with the orginal files and scattered in no great order. So all told I have about 15 hard drives that I could access should something go wrong.
And I just realized I have 2 - 256 GB micro SD cards and 2 - 126 GB micro SD cards, so I feel confident my music will stick around. I need music in my life more than water.
And I also have a 100 spindle of DVDs with FLACS burned on them so all the drives fail. Though that music would be a small part of my total collection it would be enough to keep me afloat.
Currently listening to 2/24/74 Winterland via Dave’s Picks 13. Yeah!!
Once I got to about 4 external HDs I said screw it and bought the NAS. RAID array takes care of redundancy so it's all backed up AND in one place. Plus, with Plex, it's available anywhere!
Interesting. I may have to upgrade to the Synology. It may be more powerful than my old Mac Mini which is my current home server.
And, on topic, Dave’s 11 has been playing for my commute this week.
To think that back in the day I knew nothing from 72 other than the old E72 album.
It’s like I was living in a drab, sepia toned world and I have been transported into a technicolor dream.
The Other One has a few moments where things aren’t quite smooth, but overall it is excellent. Phil keeps playing the Elastic Ping Pong riff but nobody is coming along. I think this is one of the earliest examples, so the others may not be ready for it.
Good thing that >90% of my music is on LPs and CDs and not hard drives. I mean, sure, there could be a house fire, but....
I know nothing of drives and servers. I pretend that it's still 2001 and play CDs and rekkids.
Now listening to tracks from Mickey Hart's Rolling Thunder LP on TIGDH on SiriusXM's Grateful Dead channel now playing The Main Ten followed by The Greatest Story Ever Told followed by tracks from Live Dead[side's A and B]
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