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Old November 16, 2014, 08:44 AM
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What are folks using for syncing their media files to different devices?

I know many folks run some kind of dedicated server for their media files, but I'd like to go a different route... I'm looking for ways to ensure that all of my ripped music files sync between the different devices I use to play them. Ideally I'd be able to rip a new CD on any one of the devices designated for sync and then have those files automatically uploaded/updated to any other synced device on the network. Being able to specify local network functionality only is also a must.

So far (just started playing this morning) I'm trying out the bittorrent sync beta as we speak but would be very interested in hearing what other folks would suggest.
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Old November 16, 2014, 10:12 AM
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What devices specifically? All Windows based? Are we talking phones and tablets as well?
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Hmm I never really heard of syncing torrents .
I did look up the Sync beta ( looks like it uses windows Linux and ios )and to me it looks allot like what I am already doing ,

I just use my Home network I sometime download torrents from my laptop but save them in my laptops or PCs shared folder,

mind you I don't have anything like a smart phone just Laptops PCs . I do sync my Firefox web browser with my other systems using the build in sync, same goes for my chrome browser,
The on fear I have with that is if one of the browsers gets infected ( with out my knowing) some how with some malware or the like my other systems just might get infected .

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Old November 16, 2014, 10:57 AM
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What devices specifically? All Windows based? Are we talking phones and tablets as well?
Initially I was only thinking of windows based and possibly linux, but the bittorrents sync program also offers IOS and android functionality which would replace programs like airdroid.

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Hmm I never really heard of syncing torrents .
I did look up the Sync beta ( looks like it uses windows Linux and ios )and to me it looks allot like what I am already doing ,

I just use my Home network I sometime download torrents from my laptop but save them in my laptops or PCs shared folder,

mind you I don't have anything like a smart phone just Laptops PCs . I do sync my Firefox web browser with my other systems using the build in sync, same goes for my chrome browser,
The on fear I have with that is if one of the browsers gets infected ( with out my knowing) some how with some malware or the like my other systems just might get infected .
This way you wouldn't have to worry about whether or not the device you downloaded it on was available on the network when you wanted to play the file on a different device as it would automatically be saved there.

I suppose the original idea behind this sync program was probably for video torrents, but that's a hell of a lot of data to be duplicating across several devices. OTOH, for music files it allows me to ensure that I've got the latest and greatest on all of my devices as well as acting as a backup.

So far the bittorrent sync beta ( BitTorrent Sync ) looks promising so I'm going to play with that to see how well it syncs additional files from each of the different devices. I've currently got two media playback setups (XBMC w/ 1 win 8.1 + 1 winX) synced and then a file folder on my main rig synced as a backup.

Need to do more digging, but so far the biggest issue I've come across has been renaming the destination folder on initial creation of the sync. It works fine if you leave the default location (puts it into user/documents/foldername) but doesn't seem to play nice if you try to use a different location (calls the folder undefinedFOLDERNAME ).
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If the devices are on a side gbe network try using FreeFileSync. Easily way to sync folders with Windows. Easily setup to monitor folders in the background.
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If the devices are on a side gbe network try using FreeFileSync. Easily way to sync folders with Windows. Easily setup to monitor folders in the background.
Thanks, I'll have a look.

As far as the issue I had with naming folders on the new target device, that seems to be resolved by using a key during setup as opposed to the URL.
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Yeah I use BT Sync too, seems to work fine. Even has an "app" on my QNAP as well, so that's leaves me with an always-available sync point.
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Yeah I use BT Sync too, seems to work fine. Even has an "app" on my QNAP as well, so that's leaves me with an always-available sync point.
My biggest concern with BT sync is the nagging doubt that it might not be updating over the local network as opposed to through the net. I've unchecked the appropriate settings but I'd have a much warmer fuzzy feeling if they'd include a specific Local Only setting.

Deletes seem to work well... all devices seem to be able to affect the other synced devices, but there's an archive that saves deleted files to ensure that you don't accidentally delete something important.

I doubt I'd ever have much use for it, but I'm partial to the idea that it will act as self-served "cloud" storage from a remote location over the internet.
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Assuming you have a typical router, it should have "hairpin NAT", in that externally forwarded ports would still be routed locally, even if you connect using your external IP/hostname.

I guess the only scenario would be with your phone/mobile-data enabled devices, where that if it didn't connect to your home WiFi, it would sync over 3G/LTE and consume "double" bandwidth
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Also check out syncback (free) - great syncing program I use for automated backups to a portable hard drive. (rotated with offsite cold storage)
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