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I was using my PC as an iTunes Media Server with Windows 10 Home installed but I have issues where the installed iTunes software will frequently reset my watch status for my iTunes downloaded content purchases after a reboot of the PC. I use my Apple TV 4k as a client. Does a MacBook or a Mac Mini have this issue when using Home Sharing? Also what would be better for a dedicated iTunes Media Server, a MacBook or a Mac Mini?
 

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I was using my PC as an iTunes Media Server with Windows 10 Home installed but I have issues where the installed iTunes software will frequently reset my watch status for my iTunes downloaded content purchases after a reboot of the PC. I use my Apple TV 4k as a client. Does a MacBook or a Mac Mini have this issue when using Home Sharing? Also what would be better for a dedicated iTunes Media Server, a MacBook or a Mac Mini?
You know that downloaded movies and tv shows from iTunes have a lot lower bit rates than streaming. Its worse than leaving quick start off.

On my Mac Mini, iTunes marks unwatched content to watched sometimes. Its a bug in the software. Homesharing is limited. It only can work on the same network. iTunes must be running all the time to use homesharing.
 

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I landed here looking for specific information on how to strip down the overhead of the Mac OS to maximize resources for iTunes and limit interruptions by OS and other programs. I currently have a headless/keyboardless 2009 Mac Mini 4GB that runs 24/7 as iTunes server which is embedded in a console stereo. I've found that limiting the syncing on it with iCloud to only music avoids a lot of delays, etc (i.e., when you take a bunch of photos the upload/download process can choke the old mini).

To answer the OP. I would not consider using a Windows machine as a server (except for business S/W) unless money was truly unavailable. I got the 2009 mini for like $80 on Craigslist and added a larger HD. Total cost was like $150. I remote into it with my iPad or MAcBook when needed but mostly jsut control it from my phone with "Remote" app. I "never" have to reboot it--and if it gets shutdown due to power failure it launches itself and loads iTunes automatically. All of my playing history is accurate going back to 2008 when I first sgtarted using iTunes and imported all my CDs even though its been running on 5 different computers since then. I've tought about getting a newer mini but I really havent found any problem with the older machine except I wonder if there are features in Remote that aren't available because I'm restricted to using iTunes 12.8 (yes, Im an excellent tiper and good speler too!)
 
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