Up until now my digital music(ripped from CDs in Apple lossless) has all been on my Ipod classic(160gb)but it's finally full and while my complete iTunes library is on a Sony laptop with plenty of extra storage it's used by the rest of the family.So I need a solution where I can store all my music in one place and leave it permanently connected to my Hifi ,I'm not interested in any form of wireless steaming to unreliable and to complicated for a computer novice like me,I have my iTunes library on a Nas but I have never been able to get it to work with my Marantz AV amp and also the melody system I used to own.
So I need some recommendations for what to do next?All I've come up with is getting another laptop or maybe a 2nd hand MacBook Pro or Mac mini,is this my ony option or is there something I'm missing,
A few other questions while I'm here-
if I have my iTunes stored on a PC and then swap to a mac can I transfer them over or have I got to re-rip all my CDs to the mac?
Is there a sound quality difference between pcs and mac ?(hope I'm not re opening a can of worms here,That's not my intension)
If I use a Mac mini can I use an ipad as the display?
My total budget for this is £500 to £800.
My present system is - iPod Classic,Onkyo ND-S1 dock,Oppo HA-1 headphone amp & Dac,Musical fidelity M1CDT,Rega Brio-R and Dali Zensor 3 speakers.Whatever solution I go for must integrate with this system.
Any advice you can give me would be appreciated,Thanks.