Setting up a Synology NAS for SoundTouch on a Mac
it took me a while to figure out how to setup my Synology NAS for use with my Soundtouch speakers and my Mac, so I though I would share my experience with you. I will skip the basic setup, since this is pretty well documented on the web.
Hardware: Synology DS214se (with 2 x 2TB WD Red), Soundtouch 20, 2 x Soundtouch 10, Apple Airport Extreme AC, MacBook Air, iPhone
1. Install and setup the following packages on your Synology NAS:
2. Mount your music folder on your Mac with SMB (not AFP) and copy your iTunes folder to your NAS (connect through Ethernet if possible to save time)
3. Add your mounted music folder as a login item on your Mac, so it is mounted every time you boot up
(System Preferences --> Users & Groups --> Login Items --> drag & drop the folder to this window)
3. Point iTunes on your Mac to the mounted music folder
(preferences --> advanced ---> Change --> select your mounted folder music folder by selecting nasname.local under share)
4. Wait for Synology Media Server to index your music files
5. In the Soundtouch App go to the menu and add your music library on NAS
Add Services --> Music Library on NAS --> Add Music Library
6. Install the DS Audio app to create playlists which are then visible from the SoundTouch app. You can also assign playlists to the hardware preset buttons.
You can now use your Soundtouch App to play music from your NAS while continuing to use iTunes to manage your library. If you use multiple iTunes clients to access your NAS, it is highly recommended to use "shared libraries" on all but your main device.
Things that don't work:
- Search by album and artist in SoundTouch app returns error (!)
- SoundTouch app doesn't differentiate between files and folders
- No scrollbar in SoundTouch app lists
- Playlists need to be added in Synology DS Audio app
Hope this was useful to someone!