In case you want to share the content of your iTunes library from your computer to your iOS devices – iPhone, iPad, and iPod – you can always make use of the iTunes Home Sharing feature to get it done. Keep in mind, though, that those iOS devices should be connected to the same network as your computer. By using the Home Sharing feature, you don’t need to sync your devices, which can cause a reduction in the storage space. Setting up this feature is relatively easy and you won’t need to have technical knowledge or background to do so.
Here are the steps to set up iTunes Home Sharing:
1. First of all, you need to open your iTunes on your PC or Mac. From the iTunes menu, choose File =>Home Sharing => Turn on Home Sharing.
2. To start sharing the content of the library, you need to fill in your Apple ID and password. With this method, you can share with more than one computer – as long as they are connected to the same network.
3. Make sure the option for Turn on Home Sharing is already been set up. To do this, go to iTunes => Preferences => Sharing tab.
4. Check the box Share my library on my local network. You can either share your whole iTunes library or Share selected playlists. If you care about your content being accessed by people you don’t know, you might want to set a password in this case.
5. When the iTunes Home Sharing feature is already activated, you also need to set up the iOS devices. On your devices, go to Settings, and choose Music – if you want to share it. On the same page, you should find the Home Sharing option (it is usually located at the bottom). Also, fill in the same ID and password that you have used for your computer.
6. Pull the iTunes library up on your Apple devices. If you are using iOS 7 or higher, go to Music and More, and then choose Shared and select the library you want to sync with. If you are using older iOS versions, go to iPod, and choose Library, and then choose Shared.
6. If you have quite big iTunes library, it may take a while to appear under the option Shared – it may even take minutes. If you have iOS 7 devices, you should be able to see a red circle with clockwise movement while the media is scanned and read. When this process completes, the red circle will disappear by itself.
7. You should also be able to see a red check mark, which means that the library on your computer is ready for the streaming process. If you can see the check mark, the Songs, Playlists, and Artists from your computer will be visible on your devices. As long as all those devices are connected to each other within the same network, you can share anything – from music to movies – and the stream shouldn’t be interrupted.
8. If you want to share videos, repeat the steps above by going to Video section, and choose Shared. If you want to turn the connection off, simply go to the iTunes Home Sharing feature – either on your computer or your devices – and turn it off.