It’s surprisingly simple to turn your QNAP into an iTunes music server in just a few steps. Please note, that this is only a music server, though. Your videos and TV shows, especially those with FairPlay DRM will not play. Apple would require Third Party Access to iTunes store data and the new Home Sharing for that. This function uses the older sharing protocol. Still, despite the current limitations, an network iTunes server can be a nice thing to have. Also note that you’ll want to have some MP3 or DRM-free ACC files in your Multimedia folder on your QNAP. Let’s take a look on how to set up your iTunes server.
First, log into your QNAP to launch your QTS Desktop environment. This is best done though the QFinder Desktop App, but can also be done by typing your QNAP’s IP address into your web browser followed by :8080. The app does this for you, so I highly recommend having it installed. You can find the link to Qfinder for Mac, Windows, and Linux in our post about QNAP apps.
Next, click on the Control Panel App. The iTunes server does not appear by itself on your QTS home screen.
Next, find the iTunes Server Application inside the Control Panel. It should be near the bottom under the Applications section. The name of this application may be slightly different depending on what version of QTS your QNAP is running. Click on the icon to launch.
Next, you’ll be given a page with some options. First, check the box to Enable iTunes Server. Next, click on the box next to After Enabling This service, Click the Follow Link to Enter the iTunes Web Server Configuration page. Next enter your QNAP login password. Finally, click Apply All.
Your iTunes Server should now be activated. However, you’re not done yet. You’ll want to take a look at the optional stuff on the configuration page. Click the web link above the password box. Next, you’ll be asked to authenticate your login. It’s the same username and password you used to login into QTS. Once you’ve entered those, click Log In.
A new webpage will launch and you’ll be sent into the Firefly web client, on which the QNAP iTunes server is based. You’ll be launched into the Server Status tab. Here you can start or stop your media server and do scans of your QNAP multimedia folder for new songs. Since this is your first time, click Start Full Scan. There is also a box for Apple’s Bonjour service, but this is disabled by default and there isn’t a button to activate it. Next you’ll want to take a look at the Smart Playlists tab on the side. Click it.
Here if you want to add a playlist, click Add New Playlist. You can name your playlist and add criteria for it. To be perfectly honest, this tab may be well above most users’ heads. Next click on the Configuration tab.
Even though the configuration tab is third, it’s the heart of this app. It’s got the most setting controls for the server. In the top box labeled Server you can change your iTunes server name, set a log file configuration, and set the admin and client passwords. For some reason these are shown in clear text. Be sure to be careful who can see your screen while you’re in this tab.
Next is the Music Files tab. Here you can set and/or remove the music folders on your QNAP. Just click on Add Music Folder and insert the directory address for the folder. It’s set up for the Multimedia folder by default, so unless you want a folder just for your iTunes music, you really don’t have to do anything here. You can also add music or remove file extensions and link to playlist files.
Last is the Database tab. You can choose the scan type (Normal, aggressive, and painfully aggressive), the rescan interval, and whether it is always scanning. That’s it for the functionality of the iTunes server.
Next it’s time to see if everything works. Open up iTunes on your Mac or PC. If successful, you’ll see the library from the QNAP in the shared tab in iTunes. If it shows up, you can now play music as you would with a shared library on another computer.
Thanks for reading this quick and easy tutorial on how to set up your QNAP TurboNAS as an iTunes music server. I hope this article helped you better use your QNAP. If you’re looking for other things you can do with your QNAP like set up a Time Machine Backup, set up a Plex server, or back up your Google Drive, please check our the rest of sponsored series.