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In iPad Tips and Tricks, author Christopher Breen provides expert tips for getting the most out of the Apple iPad (first generation) and iPad 2, including gesturing, typing, and adding content, as well as troubleshooting common device issues. The course explains how to download and manage apps, configure email accounts, create presentations, and set up videoconferences. The course also demonstrates both built-in and third-party solutions for opening and editing files, streaming video and audio wirelessly, and troubleshooting common device issues.
Elsewhere in these videos, I have shown you how you can stream the contents of your iPad to your Apple TV or another AirPlay-compatible device. That's very cool, but perhaps just as cool is that you can stream content in your iTunes library to your iPad as long as your computer and iPad are on the same local network. This talent is called Home Sharing, and it works like this. So go to iTunes on your computer and from the Advanced menu, choose Turn On Home Sharing. You'll be prompted for your Apple ID and password, and I'll enter mine now, and click Create Home Share. Then click Done.
Your computer is now ready to share its iTunes Library. Now move to the iPad, tap Settings, and tap the iPod setting. Here in the Home Sharing area, you will see Apple ID and Password fields. Again, fill them in, and you're set. Now, click the Home button, and let's launch the iPod. When you do this, tap on Library. You see a little house next to it, and you'll have the option to choose your Home Sharing.
In this case, we're going to go for the Studio Library. We see the spinning wheel and then from that Studio Library, I can play what I like. (music playing) And once again, my favorite band today, The Jellybricks. Okay, so I can stream music. What else can I stream? Back to the Home screen, tap on Videos, and you see a shared entry now.
I'll tap on that, and here is the name of my share. This one is called Studio's Library. Tap there and here is a movie that I can watch from my iTunes library. I tap on it. It opens. Tap Play and here is my movie. Again, this is not housed on my iPad, but rather it's streaming across my local network and playing from my computer. Honestly, that's all there is to it. Turn on Home Sharing on both devices, pick some media, and play it.
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