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How to enjoy my Synology NAS music on iTunes (Mac)


Synology NAS can be your iTunes Server to stream music and videos stored on your DiskStation to an iTunes client within the local network. It also provides the Smart Playlist feature, letting you create playlists containing songs particularly specified. This article will guide you through the steps to stream music and videos with Synology iTunes Server to an iTunes client on a Mac, and use the smart playlist.


  1. Before you start
  2. Manage iTunes server
  3. Enjoy music and videos on Mac iTunes clients
  4. Use Smart Playlist

1. Before you start

This article assumes that you have done the following tasks for your DiskStation:

  • Create a volume on your DiskStation. (See here)
  • Create a shared folder on your DiskStation. (See here)
  • Install and run iTunes Server in Package Center.

Refer to Quick Installation Guide for more information about hardware and software installation. You can also see Synology DiskStation User's Guide (available at Synology's Download Center) for a general idea about related topics.

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2. Manage iTunes server

After iTunes Server is installed on your DiskStation, you can store your music collection in music shared folder and run your iTunes on your Mac computer. In addition, you can change settings of iTunes Server.

To manage iTunes Server:

  1. Log in to your DiskStation as admin or user belonging to the administrators group, and go to iTunes Server.
  2. Enter your Shared name.
  3. Tick Require password and enter a password if you want iTunes users to enter a password before accessing your shared folders (optional).
  4. Click Apply.

The music and video shared folders will be accessed by iTunes clients. iTunes Server supports the following formats.

  • Audio: MP3, M4A, M4P, WAV, AIF.
  • Video: MOV, MP4, M4V.
  • Playlist: WPL, M3U.

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3. Enjoy music and videos on Mac iTunes clients

This section explains how to enjoy music and videos on a Mac iTunes client.

Please note that you cannot use the following devices. The media devices access your DiskStation contents through Home Sharing.

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Apple TV

To access music and videos on a Mac iTunes client:

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac. Under SHARED LIBRARIES, browse to the iTunes server with the shared name you entered.
  2. If you had set a password, enter the Password, and click OK.
  3. You can access all the music and videos stored on your DiskStation.

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4. Use Smart Playlist

This section explains how to create a smart playlist, which can automatically include certain types of songs that match specific criterion. iTunes clients will be able to play the smart playlist you created.

To create a smart playlist:

  1. Go to iTunes Server.
  2. Click Smart Playlist to create smart playlists.
  3. Click Create, enter a name for the playlist, and click OK.
  4. In the window that appears, set rules for the playlist.
  5. Click OK when finished.

To edit a smart playlist:

  1. Do either of the following to start editing:
    • Select the item you want to edit and click Edit.
    • Double-click the item.
  2. Do any of the following to modify the rules:
    • Modify the rules by choosing items from the drop-down menus.
    • Click + if you want to add a rule.
    • Select a rule and click - if you want to delete the rule.
  3. Click OK when finished.

To delete a smart playlist:

  1. Select the smart playlist you want to delete.
  2. Click Delete and then click Yes.

To view the newly-created smart playlist on iTunes:

Go to SHARED LIBRARIES, and browse to the iTunes server of the selected shared name. You will see the songs matching the rules of the smart playlist in the main area of iTunes.

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