I’ve been wondering lately if a good idea might be to keep iTunes (aka Music, when I go past Mojave on my server that holds all my content!) but also copy the content to a Plex folder too, so I can use Plex when wanted as other playback solution.
As a music collector (mostly DRM free ALAC, rather than Apple’s lossy stuff), I want more options.
- AFAIUI, Plex offers more sorting options.
- I like the idea of having two separate systems in place in case one goes wrong.
- I’m considering moving from iTunes Match to Apple Music* sub (and/or One plan) for the new surround-sound/LL/HR formats. So if things go wrong with these borrowed tracks and my owned tracks, I can revert to my owned ones from the Plex source.
- Often I have full CD/vinyl digitised artwork, which I’ve always added into iTunes library, but the iTunes/Music sw has a few versions ago removed the options to view more than the cover image. This has become an utterly needless pain, I no longer wish to live with, Apple!
- Plex would allow me to store LL versions on my large-storage iOS/iPads (next iPhone 1TB, and iPads already at 2TB!). As iTunes Match only transcodes LL to lossy before uploading (or matching) to your online library.
(*AM copies iTM functionality now: you get DRM-free lossy to download. Rather than the bug when AM was first released where it wrongly swapped many users DRM-free rips to AM DRM’d versions!)
Yes, it’s more work, but if you add new items to both at the same time, it’s little effort. Plus storage is cheap, so duplicating even my 70K song library isn’t a massive extra cost really, either.
So may options… I wonder what other FLAC buyers (the main lossless format, lossless collectors seem to like) use as their music database of choice?