Originally Posted by Nalod
From what I gather, and from what I have been told by Olive my machine is cooked.
I have to convert my backup into something tangible and then find a machine. Im done ranting and raving. I have to say the Olive One at the price seems like a real good deal.
What Im wondering is what to do next? My house is hard wired with RCA inline amplified to different systems thru the house. The olive with maestro and phone app was about perfect.
I'd like a simple approach like the one I had but I realize that elegant approach comes with a price.
Now I have to
1. Take my back up and run it thru some type of software. Paragon?
2. Need a machine? Apple Mini>Dac>iPad to manage it? Download via server?
Apple air express?
3. Olive ONE?
4. Other brands? Sony? I'd like to keep it under $1000 but could go up to $1500.
The lifestyle of having 20000 songs at ones fingertips is a great luxury I have become accustomed. We entertain a lot. I have high quality sound in my:
1. Living room
3. Outdoor room
4. Rock speakers by gas grill
5. Hot tub
6. Billiards Room.
7. Kitchen/Holding room
These zones get used and the Olive was great. Any thoughts to what should be done next????
Nalod - you have a lot of choices.
First, you can mount your back-up drive using Linux freeware - on a Mac I use FUSE. Anyway, once the back-up drive is mounted, try pointing some music server software at it, perhaps XBMC, also free. XBMC will then create a library index to the music. Note that the folder names Olive uses are gibberish to humans (some long hexadecimal number), but that doesn't matter. All music server programs will look into the embedded tags to organize the library.
If you have done extensive editing using Maestro, you will have to recreate all this - Maestro does not write back into the tags. Something like JRiver does.
Once you have created a 'portable' library with good tags, then anything can access it - XBMC, Olive ONE, Sonos, BlueSound etc.
I do not believe Olive ONE is backward compatible with libraries and Maestro databases from older Olives, which is a shame.
Once I moved the library off of Olive, we expanded our system - 5 zones using Sonos, and one, more critical, zone using Jriver through a Mac (for some limited hi-res stuff). They all use the same music files.