I needed a music set up that would work with SONOS and my iPhone – something that would help me store my massive collection(s) of music. I thought about Apple Music – But, I have several Libraries for that; a Dub Library for Guerrilla Dub System, an arty Library for regular poncing and other, different libraries for friends radio shows.
I needed something to unite them so I can dip my toe in to the collected library, whilst having them separated on my machine.
At first, I had been using Vox Music, the cloud based app that allows people to stream to their phone and (theoretically) the SONOS. However, the connection to the SONOS was very patchy and the streaming to the phone would use up my battery quick sharp – so, I cancelled my membership to Vox.
The next solution to try, and the one that is running now, is that I have set up a Plex Server on my Mac Mini – I figure my Mac mini is switched on when I am up and about, so there would be no need to worry about not having access to the music. The only issue would come when I needed to switch off my Mac Mini (might get a NAS Drive for that).
Plex has a great interface and is really user intuitive. It give a bit of background information to the artist that I am playing and is visually led. I like it – more of this please.
If you are thinking of setting up a Plex Server, have a look at their website (www.plex.tv – I believe) and they will talk you through how to set it up. My sister uses it for her Movies and she swears by it too. I just use it for music, though, And, it is more than capable of handling that. It feeds from the Data Silo Musicbrainz that I wrote about HERE. It is all connected. Hive Mind #1.2