SONOS

SONOS & macOS Catalina

Apple has removed iTunes on macOS Catalina and replaced the music library part by a Music app. The iTunes ‘backend’ files like the Library.itl file to keep track of play counts, star ratings, and other metadata and a couple of .itdb database files to keep track of Genius playlists are no longer used. Moreover, album artwork is no longer kept, like the songs, in its own folder. If you store your music library on a (Synology) NAS you may run into issues since Music no longer creates automatically the .xml files where your playlists are recorded. You can manually export the library and playlists and store it in the music folder on the NAS, however SONOS is unable to read the content and extract the playlists. Other applications like VLC and Logitech Media Player (LMS) are still able to read these XML files, generated by the new Music app. It looks like Apple is drifting apart and is only focusing on its Apple Music streaming service. iPhone synchronisation within the Music app is missing (unless you subscribe to Apple Music) and done with Finder. Users like me, who want to listen to their locally (NAS) stored files without any need for an Internet connection will need to think about a plan B (i.e. no Apple Music).

Plan B for me is to use the ‘Export for iTunes‘ tool. This macOS Catalina compatible programme is able to read the Music app playlists and copies all files to the Synology NAS and exports the playlists to .m3u type playlists. SONOS version 10.6 software is able to read these playlists and to find all files on the NAS. You will find the content in the SONOS controller’s Imported Playlists. Once the playlists are displayed in the Imported Playlists, you can add them to the SONOS playlists. The ‘Export for iTunes‘ (Version 1.9.73 (1.9.733)) tool has many features to rename and convert your music files and allows you to copy the files in a new folder structure by artist, by album etc.

The main settings that do the job for me are:

ASCII encoding to make sure that SONOS can read all Artist and Song names with accents.

Windows path separator.

SONOS

SONOS & Synology

Synology DSM 6.2.2. settings that do the job for me

File Services settings:
Minimum SMB protocol: SMB1

Login settings:
Guest account with only read permissions to the music library folder(s).

SONOS Music Library settings:
Music folder path: \\synologyNASname\SharedfolderName\MusicLibraryFolderName
SONOS will convert the path name to //synologyNASname/SharedfolderName/MusicLibraryFolderName

Synology DiskStation DS1019+

Synology DiskStation DS1019+
  • Quad Core 1.5 (base) / 2.3 (burst) GHz
  • CPU Model – Intel Celeron J3455 – 64-bit – 8 GB DDR3L
  • Hardware Encryption Engine (AES-NI)
  • Dual LAN with failover and link aggregation support
  • Five Drive Bays
  • Two USB 3.0 Ports – 1 front and 1 rear
  • One eSATA Port
  • Current version: DSM 6.2-23739

Etre Belge

Être Belge, c’est un doux surréalisme, aux saveurs de croquettes aux crevettes, de moules-frites, de gauff’ de Liège en dégustant le meilleur chocolat et les meilleures bières au monde. Et pétiller au chant d’Éole en compagnie de Ruffus.

Être Belge c’est se sentir Magritte en costume de Tintin ou de Spirou. Contempler Rubens, Van Dijk ou Brueghel sur un air de Sax(o). Entrer dans une gare de Delvaux en compagnie du chat de Geluck, de la mouette de Lagaffe ou des Schtroumpfs.

Contempler la taille du Manneken et compter les boules de l’Atomium en lisant Van Cauwelaert, Nothomb ou Yourcenar.

C’est se rappeler que Tintin a été le premier à marcher sur la lune… et frimousser en pensant à Dirk Frimout, notre astronaute, exemplaire vivant du professeur Tournesol.

Être Belge, c’est piloter comme Ickx, cycler comme Merckx. C’est un smash de Hénin, une volée de Clijsters ou un ace de Goffin.

C’est chanter Brel, Adamo ou le Grand Jojo avec un chapeau d’Elvis Pompilio sur la tête d’Annie Cordy.

 C’est fredonner Stromae, Maurane, Lara Fabian, Selah Sue, Alice on the Roof ou Axelle Red.

Être Belge, c’est Poelvoorder avec Arno, Bernard Yerlès, Patrick Ridremont et François Damiens, sur un air de Toots Thielemans en sublimant Efira ou Marie Gillain…

C’est la pipe de Simenon – qui en est bien une – et le génie jeudemotesque de De Groodt, digne fils spirituel de Devos. C’est s’appeler De France quand on se prénomme Cécile.

Être Belge, c’est être fier sans trop s’y croire…

Café Slavia

Prague

Café Slavia, Prague’s “best-known café”, located opposite the National Theatre, was a place for writers, poets and other intellectuals to meet and discuss their ideas.