Yes. I have built my own computer myself. About 20 years ago. Dual Xeon processors, blah, blah, blah. It was fun at the time and I never want to do it again. It’s been a long time too, and my energies aren’t interested in relearning what I had to learn then, just for a limited purpose now. I want as close to plug and play as is reasonably possible.
I’ve had three different Synology NAS drives for different physical locations and purposes. They were finicky and noisy. They’re sitting on my desk now and all I want to do is scowl at them with distrust and enmity. I could repurpose them, but I don’t want spinning drives if it can be avoided, and I haven’t read enough good things about the current state of NAS technology to be convinced that my distrust and enmity are no longer fairly directed.
The NUC/ROCK sounds like a good option, but I have a couple of dumb questions:
If it is on my LAN by ethernet to router/switch, and my iMac is in a different room on the LAN by wifi, can the iMac communicate with the NUC for setup, access and maintenance, or do I need to outfit the NUC with monitor, keyboard, etc., or install Parallel/Bootcamp or VMWare? I most definitely do NOT want to learn any more Linux than the bare minimum necessary.
My iMac is also the home of my Apple Music library, and the library that I currently use for a Sonos system. (My family uses these things, and I will have a full scale revolt on my hands if I try to impose Roon onto anyone. They tolerate my tinkering, but there are limits to their good graces.)
So I rip CD’s and download to that iMac folder, which is backed up daily to two USB SSD’s, as well as Backblaze and Dropbox. (I’m a backup evangelist of the most fanatical order, and there’s no such thing as too much redundancy…Unless we’re talking about my crazy Uncle Ed who’s about as redundant as they come. But that’s a different story.)
I assume that with a NUC, the main database would reside on USB drives on the NUC, but can my iMac CD drive communicate DIRECTLY with/rip to that device, or would the NUC drives be synced to the iMac internal, or would Apple Music just keep its own library on the NUC, or…? I also assume that with that database on the NUC, no one using Apple Music Family or Sonos would even know that anything had changed.
Am I right about any of this?