Hey guys. Longtime lurker, first time poster here. ;o)<br><br>Anybody care to help with a setup? <br><br>I'm looking to move my music collection off my laptop to an external hard drive and control the play of that music remotely via WiFi (using the laptop).<br><br>My resources:<br>Airport Extreme Base Station<br>Airport Express Unit<br>Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II<br>Apple Laptop<br>To purchase: External HD w/Ethernet<br><br>Some questions:<br><br>1. Can I connect an external hard drive to the Airport Extreme (not Express) base station's Ethernet port for WiFi storage/backup?<br><br>2. Will the external Hard Drive need to include OSX?<br><br>3. Will the external HD need to include iTunes (and have it running) in order to Share the music?<br><br>Thanks for any help!<br><br>
Pardon my deer in the headlights response! Those are some pretty interesting questions, so you may want to hit the Apple knowledge base forums, or even visit the genius bar if you're near an Apple store. But I would have to think that any drive that you're using as a music "server" would indeed need an OS and iTunes.<br><br>And just for the hell of it, you may want to check out Russound. They're sort of stealth Bose competitor, and they market systems and components that might be just what you're looking for.<br><br>Good luck and welcome. Or is it welcome and good luck. I get so confused... <br><br>
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The external drive would need to be hooked up to a computer of some sort, otherwise it's just kind of a paper weight.<br><br>I'm not 100% sure how the AirPort Express works, but as I understand it, it just streams music from a computer on the network. That, of course, would be your laptop... or whatever computer you'd have the iTunes library on.<br><br>
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