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Music Station

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Music Station (4.0) helps you create a personal music center on the cloud. This web-based application is designed for users to play music files on the NAS or a media server, listen to thousands of Internet radio stations, and share your music with your friends and families. Your music collection stored on the NAS is automatically organized into categories for easy access.

 

This chapter covers the following topics:

Starting Music Station
Familiarizing yourself with Music Station
Using Music Station
Media Library and Privacy Settings

 

Starting Music Station

 

Depending on your NAS model, Music Station may be enabled by default and can be launched from the Desktop or the Main Menu. If not, install and enable it in the App Center (for QTS 4.1 or later versions only) and follow these steps:

1.Upload music files to a shared folder on the NAS. There are three ways to upload music files to the NAS: 1) Install Qfinder on your PC or Mac, set up a network drive and upload files to your preferred shared folders. For details on setting up a network drive, please check the Connecting to NAS Shared Folders chapter; 2) Click "Songs" or "Private Collection" on the left panel and click (up arrow icon) or Click (up arrow icon) to import music files from a local PC. A new shared folder named with the date that files are uploaded will be created on the NAS to store uploaded files (for "Songs", this newly created shared folder is located under the "Multimedia" folder; for "Private Collection", this shared folder is located under the "/home" folder.) The newly uploaded music files can be found under "Recently Added" on the left panel; 3) Switch to the folder view browsing mode and drag & drop music files to a preferred folder. Note that with the first and third method, you can choose what NAS folder that you want to upload music files to.

 

Note:

The admin login credentials of Music Station are the same as that of the NAS administrator.
If it is the first time using Music Station, it is recommended to upload or copy music files to media folders and scan them using the Multimedia Management. For details on media folders, please refer to the Multimedia Management chapter.

2.Launch Music Station from the Main Menu/Desktop shortcut, or directly log into Music Station by going to: http://NAS_Name_or_IP/musicstation/

 

Familiarizing yourself with Music Station

 

Menu Bar

 

No

Name

Description

1

Left Panel

Show/Hide the left panel.

2

Search Bar

Search songs by artist, album, title, or all songs.

3

Browsing Mode

Switch between different browsing modes (from left to right: thumbnail browsing mode/detail browsing mode/album list browsing mode/cover flow browsing mode/folder browsing mode) to browse music files.

4

Multi-Select

Select multiple items at the same time.

5

Resizing Bar

Drag to adjust the size of the thumbnails.

6

Refresh

Refresh the current page.

7

Settings

Set user privileges on file access, NAS audio output, Internet radio, or editing song information.

8

Music Alarm

Set music alarms.

9

Help

Show Help, Quick Start and About.

10

Right Panel

Show/Hide the left panel.

 

Player

 

No

Name

Description

1

Seek Bar

Control the playback progress.

2

Previous Item

Play the previous item.

3

Play/Pause

Play/Pause.

4

Next Item

Play the next item.

5

Shuffle

Shuffle on/off.

6

Repeat

No repeat, repeat once, or repeat all.

7

Streaming Mode (Network Media Player) / USB Audio Passthrough

Stream videos to compatible devices in different rooms over your home network. To set USB Passthrough, first select an USB audio device under "NAS Audio Output" after you click this button (it will turn into a speaker icon.) Click the icon again to enable Audio Passthrough and set the sample rate.  

8

Volume

Adjust the volume.

 

Note:

To stream media files to HDMI or Chromecast using the Network Media Player, the Media Streaming Add-On must first be installed in the App Center.
Bonjour must be enabled when using multi-zone streaming. You can enable Bonjour in "Control Panel" > "Network Service" > "Service Discovery" > "Bonjour".

 

Left Panel

Songs, Artist, Album, and Genre: All authorized music files are listed here for users by the following categories: all songs, artist, album, genre and folder. Click the upload button next to Songs to upload songs from your PC or change an album cover (refer to the Changing covers section for details.) All imported contents are saved in the "/Multimedia" shared folder named with date.
Now Playing: Songs in the "Now Playing" list can be reordered by drag & drop, and songs can be removed from the list.
Private Collection: Personal music files in the "/home" folder are listed here. These music files belong to the user that is currently logged in.
Qsync: List music files synchronized from the Qsync service.
Playlist: Playlists can be created, managed, and deleted here. Up to 200 playlists can be created, and up to 600 items can be included in each playlist. To create a playlist, click "+" next to "Playlist". To add items to a playlist, simply drag & drop music files to the list. Right click on a playlist to rename or delete it, or add it to "Now Playing".
My Favorites: All songs rated at least 1 star are listed here. All un-starred songs will be removed from here. To rate a song, switch to the detail, album list, or cover browsing mode and click the star(s) under "Rating".
Recently Added: Songs recently added to the Media Library are listed here.          
Frequently Played: Songs most frequently played are listed here.          
My Favorite Radio: The user’s favorite Internet radio stations can be added by entering the radio URL or by searching TuneIn Radio. Up to 1024 stations are supported. Please note that the type of files the radio station URL points to must be MP3.
TuneIn: Users can browse and play Internet radio stations streamed by TuneIn.
Trash Can: All deleted music files can be found in here and permanently deleted or restored. The Trash Can is always enabled.

 

Note:

Characters not allowed for "Playlists" include: /  |  \  :  ?  < >  *  "  ' and $.
Entries under "Recently Added" are listed based on the time they are scanned by the Media Library.
Music Station only supports: MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV, AIF, AIFF, and more.

 

Right Panel

 

No

Name

Descriptions

1

Lyrics

Add lyrics to a song and browse them here.

2

Information

Edit and browse music details here.

3

Sharing

Drag music files to the area under "Songs" to share them via a link (including three methods: email, social sharing and link.)

4

Email

Share the link via email. Specify the subject and message body of the message and click "Send" to send the email. Make sure your email account is properly configured. Go to "Control Panel" > "System Settings" > "Notification" > "SMTP Server" for email configuration.

5

Social Sharing

Share a link with selected songs on social networks. Specify the subject and message body and click the social networking site to share with.

6

Link

Share a link by directly pasting it into an email or instant message. Under the "Link Code", select the domain name, LAN IP or WAN IP address for the link (Note that the myQNPcloud.com domain name is only available after it is registered in myQNAPcloud. Please refer to the myQNAPcloud chapter for more details) from the drop down menu. Click "Save", and copy and paste the URL link in the dialog window to your preferred applications.

 

Using Music Station

 

Import music files

Please refer to the Starting Music Station section.

 

Creating and managing playlists

To create a playlist, drag & drop music files in "Playlist" on the left panel, give that playlist a name and click "OK". Right click on a playlist and choose to add it to "Now Playing" on the left panel, email the link of it, publish it, share it with a link, delete it, rename it, or modify the settings of that playlist (the email, publish, and share options are only available if "Share with the public" is enabled in "Playlist Settings".)

 

Sharing playlists

As you create a playlist, you can choose to share it with other NAS users (choose whether all NAS users can edit the playlist, or only the album creator/administrator can edit the playlist) the public, or not to share at all (leave both options unchecked), and set the valid period on the playlist creation page. If a playlist is set to share with the public, you can right click on it and select "Email" to email it, "Publish" to publish it to social networks, or "Link Code" to generate and paste the playlist link on your blog, forum, or instant messenger programs. You can still edit the playlist later, and the updated playlist will be presented when viewers click the same link again.

 

You can also share a list of songs as you do with the playlist. To do so, click "Sharing" on the right panel, drag & drop songs under "Songs" on the right panel from the middle and use the "Email", "Social Sharing", or "Link" button to share this list of songs. Note that the difference between sharing a playlist and a list of songs is that for a playlist, it is the entire playlist that you created under "Playlist" on the left panel. For a list of songs, it is a list of songs you have chosen from different albums.

 

Note:

To stream media files to HDMI or Chromecast using the Network Media Player, the Media Streaming Add-On must first be installed in the App Center.
Bonjour must be enabled when using multi-zone streaming. You can enable Bonjour in "Control Panel" > "Network Service" > "Service Discovery" > "Bonjour".

 

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 stream music to many types of devices. It can stream different music to all the supported devices in your home, or the same music in sync at the same time. You can change the output device by using the "streaming mode" button (ear piece icon) on the player panel, and then by double clicking a song to start playing it on that device. You can add more songs to the Now Playing list to play your desired songs on that device.

 

Note:

To stream media files to HDMI or Chromecast, the Multimedia Extension Pack must first be installed in the App Center.
Please check the QNAP website for supported 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.

 

Changing covers

Album covers can be automatically found for your music, allowing you to organize your music better. If an appropriate cover cannot be found, you can also import your own image to use as the album cover. To change album covers, follow these steps:

1.Switch to "Artist" or "Album" on the left panel in Music Station.
2.Right click the song you would like to change the cover > "Change cover".
3.Click "Upload" to upload an image file from your PC or "Search" to find an image from the Internet.

 

Finding your music files quickly

To quickly locate your music files, you can rate or classify them:

To rate a music file, find it in the detail browsing mode/album list browsing mode/cover flow browsing mode and rate it.
To classify a music file, click the music file and "Info" on the right panel to modify its data.
To batch rate or modify music files, click the multi-select button on the Main Menu (or hold the Ctrl key), select your desired music files and rate and modify all at once.

 

After music files are rated or classified, they can be searched by their artist, album, or title in the search bar or quickly listed in "My Favorites" on the left panel.

 

Media Library and Privacy Settings

 

Music files in Music Station are listed and displayed according to shared folder privileges (media folders) and settings in the Media Library. For shared folder privileges, only users with an appropriate permission to a shared folder can view its contents in the Music Station. For example, if a user does not have read/write, or read-only permissions to a certain shared folder, that user cannot see the music files in the shared folder.

 

Note:

Besides shared folder privileges, you can also import your private music files to your "/home" shared folder to hide them from other NAS users (except the NAS administrator.) Your "/home" folder contents can be found under "Private Collection".
To create a shared folder, go to "Control Panel" > "Privilege Settings" > "Shared Folders".

 

Music files stored in the shared folders are only visible after they are detected and scanned by the Media Library. To set the Media Library to scan for music files manually or by schedule go to "Control Panel" > "Multimedia Management" > "Media Library". For more details on media folder settings, please refer to the chapter on Multimedia Management.

 

Note: As the media folders in the Media Library are shared by Photo Station, Music Station, Video Station and DLNA Media Server as their content source, content will be affected in those applications if new media folders are added or existing media folders are removed from the Media Library.

 

 


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