I just have to say........
I am loving FLAC! Finally able to do everything I was hoping for with itunes but with the freedom to use the devices I wanted. Just transferred my FLAC music collection to my NAS this morning after picking up a 3TB external. I now have the ability to allow anyone in the house to listen to my collection on there tablet, phone, computer, or boxee or other. It is fantastic. To think I can put my entire music and movie collection on my network and sit outside and stream a movie from the NAS.
J river I am completely sold on, with the organization much more powerful that itunes ever was it has taken some getting use too. However finally able to share or access from any hard drive or computers shared music folder is amazing. And to think I am just beginning. When I get my boxee in a few weeks I should be completely set on having the things the way I want.
Still looking for the best app for android.
best app for android for what? playback? I typically use Poweramp since it plays all my hi res FLAC files w/o any issues. If you're streaming from your NAS, probably MediaHouse Pro + Poweramp.
I actually just migrated all my blu-ray rips and my FLAC collection to a Synology DS413 NAS (4 x 3TB); it has LMS for the Squeezeboxes, media server, video / audio station for direct streaming, and even supports Airplay via Android.
So +1 for the NAS :)
THe only problem with Media House is it looks for a server, sense the hard drive is just seen as a shared folder through my router it does not detect it. I am working on a solution for this now.
Over the next week or so I will be doing a complete write up on my story and success with transferring out of itunes. What would be some things you guys would like to know about in the write up?
I currently have 4 zones of SONOS's in my house. I use my iTunes library shared from my main PC that is always on and rdio.com
It's been working great! rdio.com has 95% of what I want to listen to. what they don't have I have in CD form and I rip it and add it to the library that's on my PC.
http://www.dbpoweramp.com/dmc.htm I have used it for years. I have used their batch converter to convert as much as 36 gig's worth of music files all at once it is very fast using each core of your CPU to convert an individual file.
Video files; a video card with an HDMI interface can plug right into a modern HDTV. Windows 8 Media center can be used to control things
Why bother converting to FLAC? Apple lossless is fine and will work in itunes on Windows. You can get add ons for itunes that will make it sound better.