The little I’ve heard about it sounds impressive, but I cant Say I know very much. Anyone care to enlighten me?
Volumio is developed in Italy, and is very much like Moode in most ways, with one exception being the paid subscription tier that offers additional bells and whistles that you can read about on their web page.The little I’ve heard about it sounds impressive, but I cant Say I know very much. Anyone care to enlighten me?
You are connecting the USB storage directly to it? Moode isn't fantastic in that regard either, very large libraries really need to be on a separate server.I’ve had a hard time getting excited about my Pi 4 running Volumio. There’s enough lag dealing with my large library that it isn’t fun.
You are connecting the USB storage directly to it? Moode isn't fantastic in that regard either, very large libraries really need to be on a separate server.
So Volumio is not configured as a server, just endpoint?No, I’ve got everything on a NAS.
I’m sure this boils down to library size. Almost half a lifetime ago, a friend and I dedicated hundreds of hours to ripping everything we could get our hands on using iTunes to make VBR and, later, 320 kbps MP3s. Telling you the numbers would be embarrassing and make me paranoid about being hauled off to the gulag.
We were careful to adhere to iTunes ID3 conventions for things like disc number and complication, which makes life a little harder using anything else. And of course, the tagging wasn’t anywhere near as good as it should have been, or we thought it was at the time - things like the cutesy in-joke genre labels haven’t aged well.
This project, centering around obsolete lossy files, the vast majority of which I will never listen to, has become an albatross around my neck. MP3s are the new 8-tracks, and our efforts have never really realized the promise I thought they had as home music servers have matured. The collection is actually harder for me to access and enjoy than it ever has been, and I haven’t ripped a CD in ages.
Great post too. The perils of too early adoption.
So Volumio is not configured as a server, just endpoint?
If so, what is the server software running on that NAS?
Volumio is the server, but rather than have the music stored on a hard drive hooked directly to the R Pi, it’s on a network drive.
Complicating matters, I can also play the files through Volumio, accessing the folder structure directly off the network share (which can be a little snappier) OR in the NAS’ capacity as a Plex server. Plex was an earlier stab at all this. In sone ways it’s better than Volumio. In some ways it isn’t.
I never got on well with Plex, it frustrated me so I kicked it to the curb, poor documentation and specs always left me wondering exactly what the hell was going on, especially with DSD and hi-rez files.
I would suggest you'll like Volumio a whole lot more if you stop using it as the server, split that job out. Options there may be something as simple as run MinimServer on your NAS, that's the best freeware for that job.
Or, if the NAS is also long in the tooth and CPU challenged, I'd add another RPi to pull server duties, either MinimServer, or AssetUPnP, both of which run headless. Or for a more full featured server, JRiver's Id Pi.
Your existing instance of Volumio will then become an Endpoint, where it will perform much better than as a a server. I mean much.
You could also do the same with any existing computer on your network becoming the server, that's how @Prime Minister is currently running it with a MacBook and Audirvana, but any Windows or Linux box can do the same.
The lean-Linux distros like Volumio and Moode are really intended to run as Endpoints, and they don't do well acting as server for a very large library, too many tracks and too much album art, it overwhelms the low processing power involved. I'd worry your NAS would face the same result as server unless it is quite new and modern. There server software in Moode and Volumio is miniDLNA, itself nothing special, I've never liked it going back years, even separating it from the Endpoint and running standalone, it was a sluggish pain in the ass so it too was shown the door. You are better off accessing the network share.