If you recall my last write up, I was overall impressed with iHomeserver. The program however had some stated weaknesses. Since that write up he has released a Beta version which addresses many of the concerns I raised. In addition, it adds a few enhancements.
Original post: http://homeservershow.com/whs-meets-itunes.html
Changes since my review include:
- Significantly improved handling of media when iTunes is set to "copy added media to the iTunes Media library" - no more false failures showing up.
- Importing of iTunes Media Library XML files from other instances of iTunes - automatic matching of data with your the instance of iTunes run by iHomeServer. iHomeServer will then update ratings, play counts, last play dates and playlist membership - this is a great easy way of copying other iTunes metadata across from a personal computer to your iTunes server without having to do a full iTunes folder migration.
- Ability to change the credentials of user iHomeServer runs iTunes as from the 'Settings' dialog
Ability to run other applications when iHomeServer launches iTunes - configurable to run either before or after iTunes is launched
- Added ability to alter "Part of compilation" metadata within the metadata editor
- New Features - Podcast updating, add new podcast, download podcast episodes added; Bug fixes: log file rotation, increased buffers between client and server; icon change on iTunes playlist view; some consoles might timeout their connection with the iHomeServer server - if this happens users will not get updates happening unless they press refresh - this behavior has been fixed.
In addition to these fixes and enhancements, he has indicated that more enhancements are on there way.
Get the download of the Beta here: http://www.bizmodeller.com/ihomeserver_for_itunes_beta.aspx