Moving my home media library from iTunes to Jellyfin and Infuse
Since 2008, I've ripped every DVD and Blu-Ray I bought to my Mac, with a collection of SD and HD media totaling around 2 TB today. To make that library accessible, I've always used iTunes and the iTunes Shared Library functionality that-while it still exists today-seems to be on life support, in kind of a "We still support it because the code is there" state. The writing's been on the wall for a few years, especially after the split from iTunes to "Music" and "TV" apps, and while I tested out Plex a few years back, I never really considered switching to another home media library system, mostly due to laziness. I don't care too much about transcoding or metadata retrieval services, mostly because I've always been meticulous using MetaZ to label every detail about every media item I've imported. To be honest, I'm sure there are 'home media server historians' who could regale you with great stories about how these projects have evolved over the years.... ...but I just want a media server to replace iTunes. The first step was getting all my media onto the NAS. I've always copied my media into my own folders, so it was just a matter of copying everything into a 'Media' shared folder on my NAS. Then I installed Jellyfin from ASUSTOR's App Central, and went to the web UI to check on it. I wanted a nice, streamlined app for my kids and family to use on the Apple TV, and for me to use if I wanted to pop open a movie on my iPad. It seems like Firecore's Infuse is one of the best, so I grabbed it from the App Store, connected it to my Jellyfin library, and was off to the races on my Apple TV:. One nice side effect of using Jellyfin is that the library seems to come up slightly faster than when I used iTunes Shared Libraries.