Discovered a problem with my setup. Not really the NAS fault as far as I can tell either.
When I download a rental from iTunes, it won’t play. The AppleTV says the computer isn’t authourised, iTunes says the file is quicktime and iTunes doesn’t support that. It won’t move it to an iOS device and there is no picture displayed, just the blank, I don’t have any cover art, image.
Now remember, the whole rest of the library works, and I’m not trying to play some ancient file I dug up somewhere, this is a rental I downloaded maybe two days ago.
Net research suggests its not limited to my setup, but that most who use NAS have this problem and there were varied suggestions to fix it.
The first suggestions I didn’t like as it mostly involved moving my library. Deleting files seemed problematic for a rental as then I would have to rent it again.
Let me describe the delete solution to show you, and it will show how ridiculous the error is
1. Find the file on you hard disk
2. Copy it somewhere else – like the Desktop
3. Delete the original
4. Reimport the copy (easy as dragging it from the desktop into iTunes)
5. Wait a minute or so for the copy to complete (and behind the scenes its being copied to exactly where you copied it from!)
6. Play movie and enjoy.
Wait what! You didn’t do anything to the file!
Nope. And I found out you don’t even need to do step three. So it works for rentals.
So its some stupid iTunes quirk with using a NAS. Or rather some stupid iTunes Store quirk with using a NAS.
There’s nothing wrong with my NAS – its iTunes.