Playing iTunes m4a/wma from NAS on Android

I have a buffalo link station NAS where I have put my music – both m4a and wma. I want to be able to read that through various devices. The buffalo does UPnP and DNLA, so I figured out I needed a UPnP Media renderer which could stream m4a and wma for Android.

I found many possibilities but none could fulfill the criteria. Either players did not play m4a from NAS or Here’s some:

UPnP Media Render

2player – this looked like the best one, but… it did not list any m4a (itunes files) and wma dies after 2 minutes. It then also completely slows down the phone.

upnplay – looks good, but does not see my m4a files in the NAS. Nor does it play the wma files… cannot change the player (android player) so that might be the problem. Does play m4a files on local.

eyeconnect – looks flash, but requires registration and then does not deliver on playing m4a files.

iTunes sync

Instead of  trying to play itunes files direct, I thought I would try out sync tools… these copy the files to your local hard drive.

doubleTwist – this seemed to be the best one. You sync with a USB cable by default. However you can buy an airlink for about 4 EUR which allows you to sync over wi-fi. I liked this because it also copied over the playlist from iTunes – which was recognized in the “Android Music” player. However could not attach to NAS directly

easy phone tunes – did not copy playlist

Multi-format players

android music – this is a preview version of gingerbread’s music player (so they still do not have UPnP or remote files sorted)

astroplayer nova – played the formats… but needed them copied to local (see iTunes sync apps above)

meridian – played all formats but did not have an option for NAS

mixzing basic – i liked this as it updated tags. however, if you’ve copied over the track, then this does not really make much sense. also did not seem to find wma files.

poweramp – very sexy interface. Had great EQ, played all formats.

winamp – did not attach to NAS. Also did not play all formats – although I forget which one.

spotify – actually this was surprisingly cool, as I was then able to search for related tracks – but did not find wma.

vplayer – can’t remember this one, but did not attach to NAS

yxplayer – did streams and video, but did not attach to NAS

AND HOW TO ATTACH TO NAS?

I use astro with astro smb… which does not seem to be related to astro player nova.