file sharing

derajfast

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is there a way i can share my music library through like itunes or something else (a la a get file on aim)......i dont like using aim that much, and would prefer to use ichat, but theres no like get file option.....if someone wants one of my files, i have to send it to them which is a hassle.....and is there a way to access someones get file on aim through ichat or another program?
 

Doctor Q

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What type of sharing do you have in mind? If you are talking about illegal sharing of copyrighted music, this isn't the site for such information.

If you want to share your iTunes music library with others on your local network, the feature is built right in. In iTunes->Preferences->Sharing, check "Share my music" and indicate whether you want to share all playlists or only specified ones. You can also control the name under which your music appears and require an optional password, which is a little odd since it's only for your local network, but up to you in any case.

iTunes is free software so anybody on your network can use it. They should check the "Look for shared music" checkbox in iTunes->Preferences->Sharing.

Assuming you have files you can legally share with friends or others over the Internet, if you want to share files over iChat, you can only copy them to/from other users manually. I couldn't tell from a quick look whether iChat's Applescript support includes file transfer. You could also look for other IM software or consider setting up an FTP server or web site with files you want to post for others.
 

iEdd

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Before I jump to conclusions, I realise there are legal possibilities of this.
You could download 'limewire' , and so could your friend, get each others IP addresses, and transfer stuff.
 

derajfast

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no its legal.....i download a lot of concerts (a la grateful dead) who promote this file sharing really so it is legal.......if i do file sharing with itunes like you suggested......can my friend who isnt on my network access it though?
 

Doctor Q

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derajfast said:
no its legal.....i download a lot of concerts (a la grateful dead) who promote this file sharing really so it is legal.......if i do file sharing with itunes like you suggested......can my friend who isnt on my network access it though?
In previous versions, iTunes temporarily allowed sharing across the Internet (to anybody you gave your address to), but they had to disable that because of protests from the music industry. So even free tracks can't be shared that way with iTunes, since it doesn't distinguish among the various types of songs you have - iTunes-purchased, ripped from CDs, purchased elsewhere online, or downloaded and free.

If you have a .mac account, you can use it to set up a list of files for sharing (and to display your photos or movies as well). Finally, if you keep track of the URLs from which you download free music, you can always share those URLs with others instead of the music files themselves.

It's not what you asked about, but since you are talking about how iChat and iTunes interact, I'll mention that if you set your iChat status message dropdown list to "Current iTunes Track" then others will see (as your status) the name of whatever track you are currently playing in iTunes.
 

kalisphoenix

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Try Ampache. Not Apache, but Ampache. Dunno the website, but I thought it was really cool. Very easy, if you're into the whole webserver thing.
 
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