Brethren,\nI've been running uncompressed and lossless digital audio files for quite some time now. Many of you know I have an Apple universe in the house but in the last year have added a Windows 10 gaming machine to the mix. Having a mixed environment has its own challenges but so far its been manageable. I've been getting restless over the age of my Apple boxes (2011 vintage) and the disk fallout on my RAID devices. I have lost no data (the RAID has done its job) but my stuff is getting old in computer years. What to do about it? Lots of thoughts crossed my mind but I decided as step one to move forward, I would put up a NAS box and get all the crown jewels of data up and hosted on a brand new piece of tech.\n\nWhat does a NAS solution bring me? Here were my goals:\n1. If one of my mac computers dies: I may not want to replace it. So how can I still use the data without the computer\n2. I want to serve up both movies (I have a couple of TB of them) and music and photos on all my devices (mobile, deskside, etc)\n3. I want this thing to have a future and run apps that may not be in the Apple universe\n4. If iTunes is dead and I need to change library management, well, let's get something that is well supported and not dependent on Apple (but supported)\n\nThere are tons of choices. I chose a 4 bay Synology NAS (the DS418play). It does transcoding, runs apps, and so far is easy as pie to use. I am currently moving files and experimenting. Every day that goes by I learn more stuff. I am not yet a NAS expert, but I'm leaving newb status. Here' she is.\n\n\nI am interested in how y'all solved similar problems of serving up audio and video to a wide array of devices and keeping things highly available. This is my solution for now.