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    Please help me choose my new Hard Drive

    Hi there, I'm trying to purchase a new hard drive (the two hdd I have atm are already full, both were 500Go big only).

    This time I'm ready to pay more, in order to have something that meets my needs. Unfortunately, I can't find anything on the Internet (maybe what I'm looking for just doesn't exist?).

    Here what I'd like:

    I'd like to turn on my smartphone, and instantly be able to read any of the 22,000 music files (mp3, wav, flac) I have on my hard drive.
    Smartphone & hard drive would obviously be connected somehow (bluetooth, wifi, or even a cable, I actually don't really care).

    The problem in my statement above seems to be the word 'instantly'. Indeed, I've found on the Internet some 'wifi hard drives' (Seagate etc) that come pretty close to my needs, but everyone seems to say that if you have too many music files (and I have many), your smartphone will need a loooot of time to recognize all the files located on the hard drive. Which would obviously be a problem.

    What do you guys think? Would you have something in mind that would satisfy my needs? Or should I wait a few years more in order for technology to evolve sufficiently to align with what I want?

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    I guess @Phael is the tech savvy guy around here. Ask him.
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    Maybe Wireless SSD? it would be instant load times, tbh I'm not great with wireless hard drives.

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    I haven't heard of such a thing that would meet your needs. You can sync your audio library through Google Play Music I think, across all your devices if that would suit your needs.

    The wireless HDD doesn't sound like that good of an option really, for that big a library I don't think it'd be that much useful. You'd also lose the connection every time you leave the house and you wouldn't be able to access your library. Now this is just my assumptions, I hope I'm not talking out of my ass.
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    thanks guys for taking the time to reply. I'll wait for more opinions on this (maybe from Phael?)
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    i'm out and about at the moment but will reply when i'm back home!



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    sounds to me like you look for some sort of media server where your music is stored and you wanna access the files via your phone.
    the quickest way i can think of now is an old notebook with a DLNA server running on it, and a phone app that can access the files (plus play/pause)

    another option would be a raspberry with a media server running on it and an USB-HDD attached.
    most expensive option would be a NAS with the same functionality as described above


    basically to achieve what you want you need a medium to store your data, a tool to access the files for all playback purposes, a medium to transfer those files to your speakers plus a gui to control the whole thing



    personally, i took a notebook and put winamp on there, installed a plugin for airplay which streams the data to my appletv and my hifi system accesses that data via hdmi.
    i control winamp via an app from my bed or directly via the notebook itself

    it's not yet perfect but i am 95% satisfied with the system i thought and built myself here - using it almost 24/7 so it better be gud



    and btw: "instantly" is a dream you better give up
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    thanks phael, very helpful. Will keep you updated!
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    You should specify the 2 major parameters before someone can give you the meaningful advice:
    1. Your budget
    2. Your smartphone platform (iOS, Android, WinPhone)

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