The hard drive stores files. It will need something connected between it and the Amp. SOmething that will have audio outputs and the ability to access the music files and play them off the hard drive.
There are distributed audio and media server solutions that allow external hard drives to be added. But there is no "part" and Radio Shack that you can pick up to accomplish this.
I usually wire the home computer to the stereo equipment so that home owners can play songs off their iTunes and stream broadcasts off the internet. This is usually a workstation that stays in the home and therefore is not a hassle like a laptop that is constantly moved.
Probably your simplest solution will be an MP3 player.
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I have an external USB2.0 HDD attached to my laptop, on to which I downloaded my entire CD-library. Now, I'd like to play this music through my amplifier, but would like to bypass my computer from the loop. Is there a device, which could able me to hook up the external HDD (in)directly to my amp without having to use the computer inbetween?
My only current idea is buying a separate MP3 player with enough capacity and a convenient docking station, which could be hooked up to my amp.
Any ideas and comments welcome.