On the previous system I had my trusty iPod 160Gb Classic plugged into the front USB port and I could access my stacks of playlists from tablet, app on Android phone, and even running the app in an Android emulator on my Windows 10 PC.
When I plug the iPod into either USB port on the Atom, it just doesn’t find it. I’ve tried rebooting both but without success. The USB port works OK per se because I can shove a passport-type USB disk into the port and the Atom sees the music on that without any trouble.
I’m a little baffled why the Atom doesn’t want to recognise the iPod - any ideas?
I do have my music collection in more than one place for backup purposes, so what are my options? I have a copy on a NAS drive and on the aforementioned passport USB disk but I find the app’s handling of playlists on disk storage rather clunky to operate. The contents of the iPod originate from iTunes on my Windows 10 PC - can I use Airplay from there to stream to the Atom or would I be entering a world of hurt?
iTunes doesn’t seem to like NAS storage. Well no, I’ll rephrase…the WD NAS drives I have are badged as iTunes Compatible but when I tried to link my PC-based iTunes with them many moons ago, it became a complete nightmare i.e. multiple file duplicates, missing files/playlists, crashes, hangs, and the like. I now ‘copy’ my music to them using an iTunes alternative called MusicBee and the app’s handling of the music storage structure and playlists is like trying to drive a Ferrari whilst wearing clogs.
I know, I’m being picky but one of my work ‘hats’ for some 30+ years has been testing software user interfaces for continuity, flow, usability, bugs, etc. and the Naim app falls a little short of what I would allow past me. For example, when I was setting the Atom up earlier today, at one point I was presented with a message along the lines of “You can easily add Favourites by just pressing” (sic)…pressing what? Where? Is the user fully informed? Nope - back to the Developer(s) it would go.
If anyone from Naim is on here and would like a few suggestions for improvement, I work cheap - or they can pay me in hi-fi