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Should I get a second hand Mac Mini A1176 to share music and photos?

Hi, I am new here. At home we own two macbooks, one ipad and a couple of iphones. We'd like to have a separate device to create a library with all our shared photos and from which we can play music using airplay speakers. To keep the budget low I was thinking of getting an old mac mini, connect it to the tv and keep it always in "sleep" mode, ready to use. So if we want to play music we can use our iphones/ ipad with the remote app. If we want to work on our photo library we would just have to switch on the tv. Do you think it would work? An old mac mini should still be able to play music via airplay, shouldn't it? Thanks for any help!

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You do have a good idea! I in fact have a Mid 2011 model which I have 2 TB drives installed just to do that!

But! You do have an older model here which will limit you ;-{

The highest OS the Core Solo/Core Duo series can support is Snow Leopard 10.6.8. While you can do it, most of the newer apps just won't work on this series.

If you can swing it look for a used Mid 2011 model as it can support Sierra and High Sierra MacOS's and offers a much faster SATA interface (SATA III).

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Hi, thanks a lot! the used mid 2011 are few hundreds euro more expensive so I would be happy to stick to the old one if a shared library on it would be visible on all the other macbooks/iphone/ipads and if it could play via airplay. Do you know if, for example, I play some music from a macbook, it could be used as airplay receiver? thanks!


I think you'll have difficulties do to the version differences between iTunes it can support and what your other devices can. For AirPlay to work it needs a higher version than what your older Mac mini supports.


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