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    Jan 24, 2018
    Internet radio station - iMac needs to run 24/7
    Hi, everyone ... dumbish newbie question here: I'm launching a new internet radio station, and my (new) iMac will need to run on a 24/7 basis in order to keep feeding it. I've read that some 'sleep' their Mac overnight, for example. Ought I to do this - as (a) I don't want the station to go off air, and (b) I obviously don't want to risk harm to this expensive new iMac by running it continuously.

    Input, please?

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    ferrarr's Avatar
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    May 21, 2012
    Pawtucket, RI, USA
    L2014 Mac mini macOS 10.13, iPhone 8+ iOS 11, iPad Pro 1 12.9" iOS 11,  Pencil 1
    I have been leaving all my PC's, macOS and winOS on 24/7 for the last 10 years. Only restart for OS updates, or maintenance/issues. I will have the display shut off after 15 minutes of no mouse movement.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Jan 23, 2009
    Born in Scotland, Worked in Scotland then England, Now live in Wales
    Late 2015 5K 27-inch Retina iMac, 4GHz i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB Flash Drive, macOS Sierra 10.12.6


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    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
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    Jul 17, 2009
    27" i7 iMac, 15" Macbook Pro TB, 13" Macbook Air, iPhone 6S, iPod Nano 7th Gen
    What sort of software do you need to run to feed the station? You might be able to make do with a cheaper machine (perhaps with no screen) to keep your bills low. You can remote desktop into the machine as needed. Dedicating an iMac to this purpose seems overkill IMHO.

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    MacInWin's Avatar
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    Jan 01, 2009
    Winchester, VA
    MBP 15" Mid 2015, iPhone 8, an iMac, plus ATVs, AWatch, MacMini
    +1 for what Raz0rEdge said. A Mac mini, running headless (no monitor) should be able to do the job. You can connect a monitor and keyboard if you ever need to do maintenance/reboot/etc. Unless the station software really needs the full power of an iMac.

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