iTunes library over network?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GbV76, Oct 30, 2004.

  1. GbV76 macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
    I don't have two Macs to test this out (yet), but I was wondering if you can add music to your iTunes library that's physically located on another computer on your LAN. Ideally, I'd like to have my iMac with all my music located downstairs, and have say an older 12" iBook that could control my music collection from anywhere else in the house, without actually having to transfer all of my music files onto the iBook. Then I could stream my music to any stereo in the house using Airport Express. Is this possible? :)
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Possible? Why, it's integrated! This is Apple, man! :)

    On the iTunes Lib source Mac:

    Open iTunes -> iTunes pull-down -> Preferences -> Sharing -> Check "Share my music" and fiddle with any setting you want.

    On the iTunes lib-sucking Mac:

    Open iTunes -> iTunes pull-down -> Preferences -> Sharing -> Check "Look for shared music"

    If the Macs are on the same LAN, and you're not blocking the streams/shares with firewalls, then the "Shared name:" will show up in the "Source" column on the iTunes library-sucking Mac.
  3. Steven1621 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2003
    they just have to be on the same subnet in order to share

    of course, you have to enable sharing.
  4. GbV76 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2003
    Ontario, Canada
    Awesome. Thanks!
    Let the 12" laptop shopping begin....
  5. MacBoy88 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2003
    I don't think that is what he wanted. He wants to be able to add and change, like rating the lib, from his iBook, sharing dose not allow this. I just I just tried this and it dose work.

    1. Turn on file sharing on your iMac
    2. Connect to your iMac from your iBook (in finder, Go>Connect to Server)
    3. Once your iMac's HD is on your iBooks desktop, open iTunes.
    4. Open iTunes Prefs.
    5. Select Advanced
    6. Select Change
    7. Off the left you will see your iMacs HD, select it.
    8. Select Users > User Name on the iMac > Music > iTunes > iTunes Music
    9. Click Choose

    Also before you open iTunes on your iBook, make sure you are connected to your iMac!

    I hope this is what you are looking for!


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