I have about 100 GB (over 10,000 songs) of music in M4A format in my iTunes library. I had been using my ipad’s itune library as the source for Sonos when I want to play these older albums many of which are not readily available elsewhere. I do use Pandora and other media service providers, but I want to still be able to play my library. I had no problem doing so until I upgraded to Sonos S2 Ap. Now Apple and Sonos don’t play well together, and I am extremely frustrated. I don’t want a PC up and running and I want to do this to be as simple as possible. I was told to buy Sonos and my techies to get a montly Apple Music Streaming service, which didn’t help me at all. Sonos still can’t see my ripped CDs that are in the Apple music library, only the media service songs.
I currently have Connect and Connect:AMPs in my home.
I am thinking the best way to meet my needs might be to add a NAS, but I do not have any experience with this.
Could someone help me to understand what I need to do to play my ripped CDs or integrate an NAS?
- Is there an NAS recommendation? I am a neophyte and would appreciate all help. I am a Windows PC user and I have an ethernet cable from the router that I can use to tie the NAS in. I am not going to use the NAS for anything other than this legacy music. So, I don’t need multiple bays or a lot of storage. I read that there is some concern that the NAS will go to sleep all of the time, is there a brand that this is not an issue? How difficult is it to configure an NAS and add a hard drive, or do any come ready to go? I am not to price sensitive because getting rid of Apple Music Streaming and not having to hire a techie will offset the cost of a DIY NAS install.
- Does SONOS support the M4A format? If not, how do I covert this to a supported format and what format do you recommend?
- Once I attach an NAS to my router and follow the NAS instructions, I assume that I create a music folder on the NAS and drop in all my music? Is it okay to have the following file folder structure: Music folder/Artists/Albums/Songs?
- I then just open up Sonos S2 on my ipad/iphone and add this as a source? Is this it? Are there any size limits? I read to use a windows sonos ap, I can’t find one.
- Anything I forgot to ask? I have read that there is a maximum limit of 65,000 tracks that can be indexed. Does that mean there is another way to do this without a NAS?? So if I don’t need an NAS and could do it with an external hard drive connected to Sonos somehow, that would be fine too. I just don’t understand how to do this and can’t find step by step instructions for a novice.
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