iTunes 9 Home Sharing not working :(

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ccbr01, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. ccbr01 macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    Has anybody else tried to use this feature? Here is the info: My notebook runs XP Pro 32bit and my desktop runs 7 Pro RTM 64bit. After I enter my iTunes account information for Home Sharing, the icon for it goes away. I have tried this: and it still didn't work. Lame, I know, but I wanted to unload all my iTunes music to my desktop. Anybody got anything out there?

  2. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Can you describe more specifically what you tried to do and what didn’t work?
  3. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    are both computers and on, and iTunes open on both?
  4. guklein macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    Does 'home sharing' work with 2 different users in the same Mac?

  5. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
  6. IBradMac macrumors 68000


    Jun 27, 2008
    I guess I don't completely understand..can I add songs to my library from another? If so, how do I do it? :eek:
  7. brad.c macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2004
    50.813669°, -2.474796°
    1. Activate Home Sharing on both Macs, using one Apple ID
    2. The Home Sharing button on the left tab disappears.
    3. On Mac A., open the Shared Library from Mac B.
    4. Select and drag songs onto the Library of Mac A.
    5. When desired, disable Home Sharing under the Advanced menu

    This is assuming you have turned on Look for Shared Libraries and Share My Library in iTunes preferences of both Macs.

    Attached Files:

  8. IBradMac macrumors 68000


    Jun 27, 2008
  9. ccbr01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2009
    Knoxville, TN

    This is what is happening. Yes, both itunes are open and logged into the same itunes account. I think I had a possible connection last night (I could stream from my desktop to notebook, but not the other way around). But now I can't get anything to work. I have even turned off Windows Firewall. Still no luck. Anything else?
  10. demichae macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2007
    Same Problem: It's a bug

    I'm not sure what is going on, but my home sharing seems to shut off frequently.
  11. ajmitchelluk macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    I also have the same issues - doesnt who on Mac or PC running XP. The firewall is off on both, and i connect on one router (address ok).

    It just shows up with i click home sharing, then disappears when i press done.

    Sharing is on etc
  12. Sandy Santra macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    OK, here's what I did:

    This works on 2 (and probably more) Macs—

    without messing around with any port settings
    with OS X Preferences, Sharing, File Sharing turned OFF on BOTH computers
    with iTunes Preferences, Sharing, "Share my library on my local network" turned OFF on BOTH computers

    (apologies for documentation overkill—just being thorough)

    1. Turn OFF Home Sharing on BOTH computers (this is NOT done in Preferences; instead, go here: Advanced, Home Sharing)

    2. Make sure BOTH machines are authorized for BOTH iTunes accounts (Store, Authorize Computer)—i.e., if each has its own iTunes account

    3. You do NOT have to be logged into the same account on both computers; each computer may stay logged into the iTunes store under its own login

    4. For sanity's sake on this part, check to make sure of this—i.e., that each machine is logged into the store with its own store account (Store, View My Account, check to see ID is correct)

    5. NOW turn Home Sharing back on (Advanced, Home Sharing) on each computer, but use ONE account to log into Home Sharing on both (or all) computers

    6. DON'T WORRY, this does not "flip" the login ID for a particular computer's iTunes Store connection to the ID being used for Home Sharing

    7. On each computer now you should see a "Home" icon with the shared library in the left-hand sidebar

    8. Open the shared library and drag and drop as desired

    The bottom line seems to be this:

    1. Keep each computer logged into the store with a separate iTunes ID (if you need to)
    2. Get all the computers authorized for all available IDs
    3. Use ONE ID to log into Home Sharing on ALL computers

    You will of course ONLY see the Home Sharing icon pop up if both computers are on, with iTunes open on each

    You'll know that this whole thing is working if the shared library listed on the left has the correct "Home" icon (and not the blue, "shared" icon that shows up when Preferences, Sharing, "Share my library on my local network" is turned on—yes, this is the one you see in Internet cafes filled with Mac users)

    I've tested the above over and over again, even completely rebooting my two machines (they have different iTunes accounts), and it still works. This is running Leopard on both machines.
  13. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
  14. firewater macrumors regular

    May 22, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    just turn off your router and turn it back on and it will work after that. work for me:)
  15. vtgobbler macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2007
    Burleson TX
    Home icon disappears after turning on home sharing...

    Sandy Santra. You're help was dead on, but as I turn on home sharing, the Home Icon appears, until i hit done on the log in screen. This happens on my computer as well as my wife's. The same thing happens at times when we are sharing files in finder. Any ideas? This is most frustrating. We can stream each others music (blue note icon), but we can not copy or transfer files.....GRRRRRRRR........... please help!!!!
  16. tirzah macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2008
    USA, MN
    My son was having the disappearing icon issue as well. After listening to him go on and on, it hit me... he was using my wi-fi on a guest account. Once we logged him into main wi-fi he was good to go.
  17. rrijkers macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2007
    The Netherlands
    I had this too, I revoked the authorization on both machines and then authorized both macs again. This did the trick for me
  18. suelay macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2006
  19. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    does home sharing work between windows and mac? I have 5 machines authorized on my account. work laptop, work desktop, home desktop which will go away soon and a Mac Mini. all the Windows machines are Windows 7 Ultimate and the Mac is 10.4.11.

    sharing works on my laptop and work desktop since they are on the same corporate AD domain. it's very flaky between my work laptop and home desktop and doesn't work between the work laptop and Mac
  20. biomorph macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2009
    Salt Lake City
    try port forwarding on your router

    I have and AEBS and had to manually port forward TCP 3689 with ip address the address of the base station and once I did this and turned on sharing in iTunes preferences it started working. Before I would get the iTunes couldn't connect to shared library error and said the TCP port 3689 was closed. The port forwarding solution seemed to work. Worth a try I guess.
  21. dalis12 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2010

    I was having the same problems as alot of people once i had logged on and enabled home sharing (on the same account) on both computers (one mac one pc) the icon would diapear.

    I checked the computers were both on the same network and that they were accessing the same accounts but no joy! after 4 hours and alot of agro ( and swearing) i solved it.

    once you have followed the process TURN THE ROUTER OF AND BACK ON THIS IS HOW I FINALY GOT IT TO WORK!!!!!!!!!

    if not you may need to add two new ports TCP 3689 and UDP 5353

    hope this helps but definatly try the router this is so simple but was the one thing that made it work after i had added ports etc !!
  22. rick montana macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2010
    Need more ideas

    I still can't get home sharing to work. Every time, Home Sharing icon disappears when I click 'Done'. I've tried the following:

    1. Rebooting router
    2. Turning homesharing off, then back on using Advanced tab
    3. Deauthorized then authorized both computers
    4. Both computers are logged in under same user name
    5. Windows firewall turned off for both computers
    6. Both computers have 'Shared library' selected under preferences tab
    7. Both computers connected to same modem (one via ethernet, one via WiFi)

    Any other thoughts from all you gurus out there??
  23. ApplePlectic macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2009
    The Deep South
    Simple (minded) Fix

    I was having similar problems between my iMac (the "master" library) and a new Windows 7 (64-bit) laptop. I discovered the problem was that my iMac was hardwired to my GB ethernet switch while my Windows laptop was connected via my wireless access point (APEBS). For the heck of it, I connected my iMac to the wireless network and, bingo. My iTunes Home Share was now visible on the PC.

    I would say this is a bug. The systems are on the same network whether they're connected to wireless or hardwired so it should not make any difference what-so-ever. All other networking features work as expected whether connected via cable or WAP so this is definitely an iTunes problem.

    M. McConnell
  24. BarryElvis3 macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2010
    I have just registered having struggled with this problem. Can I just say many thanks for the posts. Resetting my router worked.:)
  25. Denise83 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2010
    So I have tried everything listed above and the homeshare doesnt work. The main library is on a laptop and i am trying to get that library on a net book. The "home" icon appears on the laptop, but not on the netbook, that only shows the blue icon. I have undone\turned off it all and started over, but with no luck. Any suggestions? Thanks

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