Apple TV not showing iTunes list?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by TuiSong, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. TuiSong macrumors regular

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    My eldest son decided to splurge on buying himself an apple tv unit and so far we have things set up semi correctly. It took a bit of back and frothing to figure out we needed home sharing on etc. But my computer isn't showing up on the main screen under computers. I can push content to the TV from the computer, but I can't access it via the atv. We did set up an iPod with remote and can use that as a go between.

    But I was under the impression that the apple tv would be able to access the computer and bring up a list of content that can be browsed by using the remote. Is there something I missed or is the tv a kind of pointless toy and my son just wasted money he could have spent on an iPod that could feed directly into his sound system instead

    I guess all the stats would help. i7 mac mini running 10.7.1. the apple tv was just bought over the weekend and updated so I am guessing that is all current (it's in his room and he's still sleeping in) Triple checked the email is right etc, I can push content directly to the tv from the computer by clicking the little icon down the bottom of iTunes. But the computer isn't showing up on the tv. We've restarted everything, have I got it wrong in thinking the library should be available from the tv unit?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Make sure that both the Apple TV and the iTunes have the same Apple ID in their Home Sharing settings. Also, try restarting both the computer and the Apple TV.
     
  3. TuiSong thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeah they do, I double checked spelling and stuff. I wouldn't be able to share the music from the computer to the tv if they were different would I? I'm still not really sure how this all works, Is the signal directly between the computer and the tv, or does all the stuff like airport express come in to play as well?
     
  4. emw macrumors G4

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    I've had similar issues with my ATV randomly dropping my home sharing connection, even while home sharing is available on other devices.

    Generally, restarting the ATV fixes the issue.

    As for how they're connected, Home Sharing essentially publishes your iTunes content from one device to another over your network. I don't know that the airport express would have anything to do with the connection between your ATV and your computer as far as Home Sharing goes.
     
  5. TuiSong thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I switched off home sharing in my iTunes prefs and then turned it back on again and the library showed up. It might have been the particular order that things were set up the first time around. At least now I know I wasn't bonkers, and I can use iTunes on the computer while my son is listening to something else
     
  6. mvelotas macrumors newbie

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    --- Post Merged, Jan 6, 2017 ---
    First...Make sure you are subscribed to either Apple Music to ITunes Match. Then go to your Mac, Open iTunes and click on preferences. Go to the General tab and make sure one of the two (Apple Music or iTunes match) is checked. Then click done, go to File and go to Library. Then click Update iCloud Music Library. Voila! Remember: You must be subscribed to one of those two apple services. I used iTunes Match as its WAY less $$$
     
  7. Casey Royals macrumors newbie

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    You have to launch iTunes on the computer for it to be available for sharing. It must be open and running to be seen by Apple TV, some days you'll have to go to the computer to launch iTunes just to get it to appear as available.
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    This is a five year old thread...
     
  9. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    It's 6 years and 3 months though. :D
     

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