Got an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this week's installment of Ask, we explain how to set up your own personal cloud storage system.
In the near future I will be looking to create my personal cloud where I can access all my media content including movies, music, games, books, etc. All my media is or will be in iTunes, so what do you think is the best way to go about this?
Creating your own personal cloud is a big step, but if done right, can provide reliability and data security unmatched by most online services. Using iTunes as the base for your personal cloud may prove difficult given the way Apple controls the content, and sharing that content is not the easiest of things.
However, it can be done, with some applications and a bit of network hardware. One of the easiest ways to get your own personal cloud up and running is to use a service called ownCloud. This file-syncing service gives you universal access to your files via the web, computer, or mobile devices, and it can take care of things that Dropbox or Google Drive would normally do.
For sharing your music, movies, and other media from iTunes, you’ll need an iTunes server. While there are free iTunes servers available, the best that we’ve found is actually built into a NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive from Synology. With a NAS, you can not only store your iTunes library on the network drives, but you can also host your content for iTunes from there as well.
A NAS can store and share your iTunes library content.
You may not be able to completely rid yourself of online services and solutions, but these two pieces of software and a bit of hardware can definitely set you on the right path to liberating yourself from online syncing services.
Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.