QNAP has a pretty robust set of multimedia tools built in, as you already know if you’ve followed our previous coverage on setting up DLNA media sharing and Plex. That covered TV and movies nicely, but what if you want to work with a music collection? There are quite a few ways you can come at that problem, actually. You could revisit my Plex on QNAP writeup; the same process you used to set up a TV or movie system will set you up with music on Plex nicely! If you’re not into the Plex ecosystem, there are plenty of other options. This time around, I’m going to go over the QNAP native Qmusic app, and stay tuned for a future howto on using QNAP with iTunes.
If you’ve gone through the multimedia setup already, this is a very easy process. If you haven’t, go read that how-to first, and then come back. I’ll wait.
Okay, good! Now with that done, all you need to do is store your music collection in your multimedia folder and get Qmusic set up on your mobile device.
Good news; this time, that’s all we have to do on the QNAP administration side. The rest is all Qmusic itself. You can get Qmusic for Android or iOS, fire it up, and get logged into a user account on your QNAP. iOS users note that Qmusic is an iPhone app, but will run fine on the iPad.
That’s really all there is to it. From there, Qmusic by QNAP is a pretty standard music app. You can browse and listen to your collection by artist, album, song, playlist, favorites, etc. You can download sets and individual songs to each device for local listening when you’re beyond the reach of your NAS, so you can take your music with you wherever you go.
This is a perfect solution for those who don’t want to (or can’t) live in the iTunes, Google, Spotify or other major cloud music providers. Good luck and happy listening!