iTunes home sharing problem..

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by FiremanMike, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. FiremanMike macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2011
    I have 3 laptops, a macbook air, a macbook pro, and a PC laptop. I'm having some odd iTunes home sharing issue that I'm hoping someone can help.

    For starters, all 3 laptops are running the same version of iTunes, all three are logged in to the same home sharing account. I'll try to explain the problem as best as I can.

    When the PC and the air are both on and running iTunes, the air can see the PC, access the library, and grab songs from it. The PC, however, cannot see the air, the shared libraries button doesn't even come up.

    When I load my pro, I can see both the PC and the Air, the air can see the PC and the pro, the home sharing button on the PC now appears but it can only see the pro.

    Why can't the PC see the Air?

    (sorry if this is in the wrong area)
  2. rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    try turning on both home sharing settings.

    home sharing #1
    this requires you to log iTunes onto the store and to activate home sharing
    this is what you use if you have any kind of iOS device or iTunes

    i think this one lets you download music from the server

    click on file
    turn on home sharing

    home sharing #2
    this does not require any iTunes clients to log on to apple at all.
    this does not work with iOS devices
    this will save you iTunes activations
    click on iTunes
    click on preferences
    click on sharing
    share my entire library on my local network

    i think this one might not let you download music from the server

    as long as your music is iTunes plus or does not have DRM you can use the home sharing #2 method all you want on your clients, they do not need to be authorized at all. they don't even need to be logged on to apple at all.

    a lot of people think that method #2 is for legacy stuff, but it will be a very dark day if they ever remove this.
  3. FiremanMike thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2011
    I do thank you for your reply, but I've already logged out and back in to home sharing, no dice.
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens

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