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To install the Mirage Media Sync software, browse to this page using the computer that you want to automatically keep synchronized with your server, and click on the appropriate download link (Mac or PC).

Once installed, the Mirage Media Sync software can be congured to synchronize your MMS with iTunes,Windows Media Player (Windows PC’s only), or folders on your hard drive containing music.

You can make selections to instruct the synchronization software to synchronize all music, or you can select individual playlists to be copied to your MMS.

All content synchronized with this utility is physically copied to the MMS to provide for backup and high availability.This means that once synchronized, you can still play your content on the MMS, even when your computer is off.

Streaming Audio Content From Your Network

If you have more content than will t on your MMS, you can stream the content from a Network Drive or a shared folder from a computer on your network.

Keep in mind that this method has a few caveats that you should consider before using this method.

First, this content will only be available for playback when the NAS device or computer hosting the les is online. Additionally, the MMS cannot read playlists from iTunes or Windows Media Player using this method since those playlists reside inside special databases that are only accessible to the MMS when the les are transferred.The third consideration is that playback could be affected by your local network performance.

For these reasons, you should consider synchronizing the content rather than streaming it.

If your library is just too large to t on the MMS internal hard drive, you might consider using the Mirage Media Sync software to selectively synchronize the playlists that you care most about, and then use the NAS streaming method to provide access to the rest of your content.

Copying Music And Photos Directly To Your MMS

It is possible to manually copy music and photos directly from your computer to your MMS without using either of the two methods mentioned previously.

In the case of music, we don’t recommend this approach unless you have a very specic reason for doing it. Usually, the Mirage Media Sync is a better choice for copying music as it automati- cally adds new content to the MMS as you add it to your library, and it helps to insure that your MMS hard drive space is utilized in the most economical way by automatically eliminating duplicates.

In the case of Photos, this method is the only way to add new pictures to your MMS.

Once the MMS is connected to your home network, you should see a shared network device in Windows File Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac).

Clicking on this device will reveal two folders: Music and Photos.

Valid music les supported by the MMS will be indexed and added to the library within a few minutes after the entire le operation is complete. (The MMS waits until it seems as though you are nished copying les to avoid thrashing the hard drive.)

If your MMS is connected to an external display, image les copied to the Photos directory will be displayed during the photo slideshow screen saver on the MMS On-screen Display.

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