I have just purchased / installed a Netgear R7000 and am quite happy to have found this thread/ resource, specifically the conversation around post 113 between Larry and Bob regarding the implementation of iTunes server.
I am attempting to use iTunes server / IOS Apple Remote to Airplay libraries around the house. Main benefits are 1. Computer does not need to be on... and 2. our family has several iTunes libraries across multiple PCs.... I can load them all onto a USB drive and let the Netgear serve up the music.
I have come across two issues I would absolutely love comments / solutions on. I initially posted these on the Netgear forums, but have not received any replies there, and am hoping for better luck here.
1. Album artwork:
After loading my entire music /iTunes directory structure on the USB drive and allowing the R7000 to index the files, the artwork appears available when using a DLNA app, but NOT through the iTunes remote. I rather enjoy browsing albums by artwork, and would love to figure out how to get this back. It seems odd that the DLNA app indexes the art, but doesn't make it available to the iTunes server? I tried having iTunes embed the artwork, which did not work, and tried saving a copy of the cover art as 'cover.jpg' in the album's directory. This worked. That said, doing this manually for 700+ albums is not a task I relish. Any better ideas to get artwork showing in the iTunes Remote via the iTunes Server? Any tools that could copy the artwork from the iTunes cache into the album folder?
2. Playlists: After reading what I could find, I was able to piece together a process to get a playlist into both the DLNA and iTunes server from iTunes.
Copied from my post on the Netgear forum (I received no replies there- for either of these questions) Likewise if anyone has an easier or automated approach please share!
At this time I have m3u playlists working with iTunes server on my R7000.
That said, there are a number of steps required and there are a few glitches.
To make an iTunes playlist available for the iTunes server and or the DLNA server:
1. Export the playlist from iTunes, save in m3u format.
2. load file into a text editor, such as textpad.
3. Use the find / replace feature in your text editor to replace the absolute file path with the relative file path:
:255,Back In Black - AC/DC
D:\Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music\AC_DC\Back In Black\06 Back In Black.m4a
:255,Back In Black - AC/DC
../AC_DC/Back In Black/06 Back In Black.m4a
Replace all '\' with '/' ... I could not get playlists to work without doing this.
I created a macro in Textpad to take care of these two steps with one action.
Create a playlists directory in the same directory as your music. I initially tried this approach by creating the playlists directory a level up in the folder structure (with the path adjusted to be correct) and the playlists failed to load.
Save your m3u file in your playlists directory as file format 'UNIX' and Encoding as 'UTF-8' (In Textpad save as... then select these options)
Initially, I had not adjusted the backslashes to forward slashes, and or had located the playlists a level up- in both of these cases, iTunes remote found my playlists, but had no songs available.
Now that they are loaded, my next issue is resolving issues with some songs not appearing in the playlist. For example my top rated playlist has 855 songs in iTunes and 803 in iTunes Server.... interesting tidbit, DLNA serves up the full count. It seems that iTunes Server is picky about case sensitivity, special characters , accents etc. Any direction on resolving this would be appreciated.