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How to enjoy the music stored on Synology NAS with Audio Station

Overview

The Synology NAS server is an ideal solution for you to store and manage your music library no matter how large it is. With Audio Station, you can always enjoy your music stored in your NAS anytime on any computer. Audio Station also supports a large selection of file types, so you can enjoy your music in any format the way you like.

This article will guide you through the essentials of using Audio Station to enjoy music stored on your Synology NAS.

Contents

  1. Before you start
  2. Install Audio Station
  3. Store music and configure source folder
  4. Use Audio Station

1. Before you start

This article assumes that you have done the following tasks:

  • Set up your Synology DiskStation and installed DiskStation Manager (see the Quick Installation Guide available at Synology's Download Center for your model).
  • Created volumes (see here) and shared folders (see here).

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2. Install Audio Station

For DSM 4.0 or later, Audio Station is available for download at Main Menu > Package Center > All. For detailed steps, please see this tutorial.

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3. Store music and configure source folder

To play music on Audio Station, you will need to put your music files in the "music" folder in File Station, or select source folder of your choice.

3.1 Specify your music library folder

  1. Go to Main Menu > Control Panel.
  2. Select Media Indexing Service under Application Settings.
  3. Under Indexed Folder, you can see the default folder for music files is "music", which means Audio Station will automatically search for any audio files stored in this folder. If you have music stored somewhere else and want to add it to your music collection, choose Create.
  4. Now you can create your own music folder in which Audio Station will look for audio files. Click on Select to choose your folder.
  5. Remember to click on Save for the changes to take effect. Now you can start using Audio Station!

3.2 Edit settings

If your DiskStation has multiple users, then you might want to specify Audio Station settings for each user. In this section, we will teach you how to modify various settings, such as privileges for each user, options, lyrics plugins, and personal libraries.

  1. Go to Audio Station > Settings > Privileges to allow each user previously added on your DiskStation to do the following tasks:
    • USB/DLNA Renderer: Play music from an external USB/DLNA-compliant device.
    • DLNA Browsing: Browse other DLNA/UPnP certified media servers on the network.
    • Manage Playlist: Edit shared playlists.
    • Edit Music Tag: Make changes to music tags.
  2. Go to Audio Station > Settings > Options. There are four settings you can change.
    • Enable music download: Determine if users can download songs from the Audio Station directly.
    • Do not search for DLNA devices: Determine if Audio Station should search for other media servers on the network.
    • Enable high quality output for USB speakers: With this option, you can enjoy better audio quality if your music files and the sound card of the DAC (Digital-to-analog converter) connected to your DiskStation support 24-bit audio output when USB speakers are plugged in to your DiskStation.
    • Enable Audio Station log for diagnosis: Determine if Audio Station log will be recorded for future assistance from Synology Support when any problems occur.
  3. Go to Audio Station > Settings > Lyrics Plugin to enable lyrics plugins, which allow you to search for lyrics on the Internet, save the lyrics, and listen to your music with live lyrics display.
  4. Go to Audio Station > Settings > Personal Library. You can enable personal libraries to allow each user to have personal music library and play music located in the "home/music" folder.
  5. Note: You have to restart Audio Station for the setting changes to take effect.

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4. Use Audio Station

In this section, we will guide you through the user interface and the features you can enjoy with Audio Station. The Audio Station user interface is divided into three sections: (1) Audio Source, (2) Music Browser and (3) the Music Player.

4.1 Audio Source

On Audio Station you can choose from a variety of audio sources:

  1. Library: This is the music stored in your DiskStation. Any audio files in your "music" folder and any other indexed folders will be displayed here.
  2. Playlist: You can see your custom playlists or smart playlists here.
  3. Internet Radio: By default, you can find free radio stations on SHOUTcast(TM) and RadioIO. If you have an internet radio station link you would like to listen to, just click on Create > User-defined radio and enter the name, description and the URL of your chosen radio station. You can also right-click on the radio stations in SHOUTcast(TM) and RadioIO and add them to My favorite radio or to any playlists you’ve created for easy access.
  4. Media Server: Audio Station can browse and play audio files on other DLNA-certified media servers on the local area network.
  5. Playing Queue: You can see the song currently playing and songs in queue here.

4.2 Music Browser

Click on the Library tab on the left and you can see all the playable files in your music library.

  1. There are three types of viewing styles that you can choose to browse your music library.
    • List: Displays items as a list.
    • Artwork Icons: Displays track names and artworks.
    • Playing Queue: Displays playing queue in full screen with album covers and song titles or lyrics.
  2. To view or edit music information, you can right-click on a file and go to Song information > General.

4.3 Music Player

This section shows the name of the song currently playing.

You can minimize the player by clicking on the Switch to mini player at the bottom right of music player.

The player will minimize to a simplified interface, letting you work on other tasks while still maintaining control over music playback.

4.4 Create playlists

To access your music more easily, you can create playlists to organize your favorite songs. You can either customize a Playlist or a Smart playlist that looks up songs based on your search criteria.

  1. Go to Audio Station > Playlist > Create > Playlist or Smart playlist.
  2. Enter a name for your newly created playlist. Whether it is a custom playlist or a smart playlist, it will be saved by default as a personal playlist which is only viewable by you. If you want to let others see and access this playlist, check Add as shared playlist.
  3. Your newly created playlist will now appear under the Playlist tab.
  4. You can save your current playing queue as a playlist. Just right click on any song(s) in the queue and select Save playing queue.
  5. If you want to add song(s) in your music library to an existing playlist, simply right-click on the selected song(s) and add them into your chosen playlist.
  6. Or, simply click on Action > Save to personal playlist or Save to shared playlist.

4.5 Set playback mode

To play music via different devices, you can select your desired output device from the following and add songs to individual devices.

  1. My computer: Stream music to your computer for playback via the speakers of your computer.
  2. USB speakers: Play music via the USB speakers connected to the USB port of your Synology DiskStation, or via external speakers or home stereo equipment connected to the audio dock of Synology Remote (sold separately).
  3. Media renderer: Stream music to other DLNA/UPnP-compliant devices in your local network.
  4. AirPlay devices: Stream music to AirPlay compatible devices in your local network. If there are more than one AirPlay device, you can select Multiple AirPlay devices for simultaneous music playback.

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