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How to manage and play music with Music Station?

Overview

Music Station helps you create a truly personal music center in the cloud. It allows you to play music and radio stations from anywhere using the web browser on your devices. Once you have added your music collection to your QNAP NAS it will automatically organize it into categories for easy browsing and streaming.

Starting Music Station

1. Log into your QNAP NAS as an administrator, go to "App Center", and search for Music Station. Click "Add To QTS" to install the app.

2. Ensure that Music Station is enabled in "Control Panel" > "Applications" > "Station Manager" > "Music Station".

3. Launch the Music Station app.

Uploading music to QNAP NAS

  • Upload music with File Station
  • Upload music with Music Station

Upload music with File Station

1. Log into QTS and launch File Station.

2. Select the folder where the music files will be uploaded to in the left panel. Then click "Upload" in the menu bar. You can upload files or folders.

Upload music with Music Station

1. Log into QTS and launch Music Station.

2. Click the “Upload” button next to "Songs" in the left panel to upload music. The default folder for uploading from "Songs" is "Multimedia". You can change the default upload folder in "Settings". You can also choose to upload songs to your home directory by selecting "Private Collection". Other users will be unable to access music in your Private Collection.

Play music with Music Station

Music Station not only organizes your music collection but it can also be your home entertainment center. You can stream your music to Airplay, Chromecast, DLNA and Bluetooth devices.

The playback controls are as follows:

Icon Function

Play/ Pause

Reverse/ Forward

Shuffle on/ off

Repeat on/ repeat one/ off

Select streaming device

Audio Passthrough settings

Volume slider

Play Radio with Music Station

  • Manually add Internet radio stations
  • Listen to Internet radio with TuneIn Radio

Manually add Internet radio stations

1. Select "My Favorite Radio" in the left menu, and click next to it.

2. Enter the name, URL, and description of an Internet radio, and click "OK" to add it.

Please note that you can add up to 1024 radio stations that broadcast in MP3.

Listen to Internet radio with TuneIn Radio

1. Select "TuneIn" in the left panel to browse and play Internet radio stations streamed by TuneIn.

2. Double-click a radio station to start playing it.

To quickly access a radio station in the future, right-click the station and select "Add to My Favorite Radio" to add a shortcut to this station in "My Favorite Radio".



Sharing music with friends

  • Share music with email invitations
  • Publish shared music to social networking sites
  • Share music through shared links
  • Play or download the shared music

It is very easy to share music with your friends. You can invite them to listen to your music via email, through a shared link, or by publishing them to social networks. When sharing music, you will be prompted to create a playlist before sharing them (or you can directly select a playlist.)



Share music with email invitations

1. Click the “Mail” button and then add songs by dragging them to the area under "Songs".

2. Add a recipient, the sender, subject, and message, and click "Send".

Note:
The SMTP server must be configured before sharing music by email. For more information on setting up the SMTP server, see Setup SMS and Email Alert Notifications.

Publish shared music to social networking sites

1. Click the "Social Sharing" button and then add songs by dragging them to the area under "Songs".

2. Enter a subject, message and then select the social media to share with.

Share music through shared links

1. Click the “Link” button and add songs by dragging them to the area under "Songs". Click "Save" to create a shared link.

2. You can click the link to see your shared items.






 

Play or download the shared music

The recipients of your shared music will be directed to the following page, no matter how you shared your music.

Note:

Only .mp3 files can be played online. Other formats must be downloaded and played locally.

Multi-zone control and streaming

Music Station works with your NAS Audio output (USB speaker, Soundcard, HDMI), Bluetooth, and Network Media Players (DLNA, Chromecast, AirPlay), making it easy to play music on various devices. It can stream different music to all of the supported devices in your home. Please note: A USB Bluetooth adapter (sold separately) must be plugged into the NAS to use Bluetooth.

1. Select the output device by using the playback controls at the bottom of Music Station, and then double click on a song to start playing it on that device.



2. You can add more songs to the Now Playing list to play songs on that device.

Note:

  • The Multimedia Extension Pack must be installed in the App Center to play music over HDMI or Chromecast.
  • Please check the QNAP website for compatible USB speakers.
  • Some models with 3.5mm audio output may not support USB audio output.
  • Radio stations only support playing under streaming mode and Bluetooth.

Stream your music via Bluetooth

A USB Bluetooth adapter (sold separately) must be plugged into the NAS to use Bluetooth. Please visit the following link for a list of compatible adapters: https://www.qnap.com/compatibility

To pair your NAS and Bluetooth device:

  1. Connect a USB Bluetooth adapter to your NAS.
  2. Go to Music Station and open the media streaming function. You should see a Bluetooth category.


  3. Select a Bluetooth device to pair with. After pairing, you will be able to stream music to that device.

Change Cover

To change an album cover, go to "Album (or Artist)", switch the view to thumbnail mode, right click on a thumbnail, and select "Change cover".



Support and limitations

  • Supported music formats include: MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV, AIF, AIFF, AU, APE, MKA, WV, RA, DSF, DFF
  • Advanced folder permission settings are not supported.

Managing media files with Media Library

  • What is the Media Library?
  • Start Media Library
  • Designate your own media folders
  • Specify scan behavior of media folders

What is the Media Library?

The Media Library was introduced in QTS 4.0 to simplify media management on the NAS. The Media Library service scans multimedia files such as photos, music and videos from designated media folders and indexes them for use in multimedia applications.

Advanced Management: Media Library

Go to "Control Panel" > "Applications" > "Multimedia Management" > "Media Library", click "Activate Media Library", and click "Apply All".

Advanced Management: Designate your own media folders

Media folders are managed in "Control Panel" > "Applications" > "Multimedia Management" > "Media Folder". To add media folders: click "Add", select media types and folders from the list, and click "Add". You can choose what media file types are indexed in the media folder by selecting them in "Media type". To remove media folders, select them from the list, click "Delete", and "Apply".



Specify scan behavior of media folders

You can choose to scan media folders in real time, by schedule or manually. Scanning options can be found in "Control Panel" > "Applications" > "Multimedia Management" > "Media Library".

Data wydania: 2015-09-03
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