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Hello! My apologies if this is in the wrong area, I'm not great with the audio/visual vernacular.

So what I'm looking to accomplish is to take a collection of constantly changing audio files on a PC, have another PC thats 60 miles away pull these files into a media player and play them. Obviously theres a thousand and one tutorials online for how to stream that content across the internet but that unfortunately is not an option. Given bandwidth issues all the content is going to have to be transfered nightly at about midnight whereas the music is going to need to be played during the day.

So I need to have:
> some way of auto uploading to an online depository
> some way of automatically pulling this info from the depository at night
> some way to have these files feed directly into a media player
> a way to have the media player automatically remove files which are no longer in the online depository.


Money is not a big issue. I have a decent amount of desktop computer experience and minor Python coding skills. How can this be done?
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why is bandwidth an issue? you could transfer many many audio files (far more than could be played on any given day) in very little time....

you do "own" all this music, correct?

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Our internet is already heavily taxed during the day and we cant afford to have music be streamed as well as all our other functions. That is why all files MUST be played locally.


And yes, the music is licensed.
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Our internet is already heavily taxed during the day and we cant afford to have music be streamed as well as all our other functions. That is why all files MUST be played locally.


And yes, the music is licensed.

This is probably more related to computers than to audio. But I would set up VPN tunnel between sites or simply computers. Then use any file synchronization/replication software to keep both libraries the same. Proper software replicates all files in specified folders in both computers making therm exactly the same. VPN will serve as protection against intruders.
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Use dropbox. It's an online storage that synchs folders between machines. Share the music folder on one computer and it synchs to the other. Getting the media player to automatically play all the new files is something else though... perhaps you can write a script to launch it and queue the folder or something. Or you could just have someone set it to play in the morning.
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Google Drive gives you 100G of storage for 4.99 a month........thats practically free!
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This is probably more related to computers than to audio. But I would set up VPN tunnel between sites or simply computers. Then use any file synchronization/replication software to keep both libraries the same. Proper software replicates all files in specified folders in both computers making therm exactly the same. VPN will serve as protection against intruders.
+1 to this idea, though it's a bit more complicated to get going, it's really the way to win. Lots of file copy/sync software out there, I've used something called "Second Copy", but there are tons. Some can play nice with bandwidth, establish a maximum transfer rate that's quite low so it can go on without hitting your total bandwidth too hard, or be sensitive to other traffic and throttle back until the other users are done.

Not been happy with Drop Box, easy to use, but kind of invasive.

Not happy with paid services either.

If this is a company or organization of some kind, your accounting people will be happier with a one-time cost than an on-going expense, even if the one-time cost is significant. Hire an IT guy to set this up for you, and it's done. If you've already paid for music licensing (or probably "are paying" is more correct), then this set-up cost will look tiny by comparison.
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