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Turning on home sharing

From: iTunes 10 Essential Training

Video: Turning on home sharing

Now let's look at a relatively new feature that was introduced in iTunes 9 called Home Sharing. Now Home Sharing is a little bit different than the Network Sharing feature we looked at previously, which we can turn on and off by going into your Preferences and looking under Sharing here. With this regular sort of Network Sharing, you can listen to and watch the music and video content from other iTunes libraries on your network, but you can't copy those files to your own computer. Home Sharing is similar in that you can still share the content from other computers on your network, but Home Sharing does allow you to copy not only music and videos, but all sorts of other content like purchased iPhone apps and podcasts from the other computer to your own.

Turning on home sharing

Now let's look at a relatively new feature that was introduced in iTunes 9 called Home Sharing. Now Home Sharing is a little bit different than the Network Sharing feature we looked at previously, which we can turn on and off by going into your Preferences and looking under Sharing here. With this regular sort of Network Sharing, you can listen to and watch the music and video content from other iTunes libraries on your network, but you can't copy those files to your own computer. Home Sharing is similar in that you can still share the content from other computers on your network, but Home Sharing does allow you to copy not only music and videos, but all sorts of other content like purchased iPhone apps and podcasts from the other computer to your own.

Now the catch is that you can only do this on up to five computers on your network and you must turn on Home Sharing using the same iTunes Store account on each computer. I will get into the iTunes Store accounts in the chapter on the iTunes store, but basically your account is your unique ID for shopping on the store and Home Sharing uses this ID to confirm your identity on each computer. To turn on Home Sharing, go to the Advanced menu and choose Turn on Home Sharing. So I see the screen telling me what Home Sharing is, and how it tells me that iTunes can automatically copy new purchases or you can choose the items you want to copy from one computer to another over your network.

So this is the way I enter my iTunes account information. So I already have one. I will just enter it here, and then I'll click Create Home Sharing. Now in this case I am seeing this message telling me that Home Sharing is not activated because this computer is not authorized to use the account. Would I like to authorize now? I will say Yes. Now I see a message telling me that my computer authorization was successful, and in this case I have authorized my five computers, so I won't be able to authorize another computer on my network for Home Sharing, until I de-authorize one of the current computers that's currently Home Sharing.

I will click OK. Now before I click OK, keep your eye on Phil's iTunes Library here. That's one of the computers I have set up at the same iTunes account for Home Sharing. So when I click on OK, watch what happens to its icon. Notice that it becomes a house icon, indicating that this is a Home Sharing library,and you can see it says here, use the same account when turning on Home Sharing for your other computers. So basically any computer that I turn Home Sharing on using the same account, up to five, will all show up with the little home icon indicating that they're all Home Sharing. I will click Done, and now I'll select Phil's iTunes Library, and now I'm browsing through this library, and just like with regular Network Sharing, I can find songs that I want to listen to and double-click to play them.

(Music Playing) But the difference here is I can now copy these files to my own personal library in my copy of iTunes here. So if I find songs that I want, I just select them and drag them in. You can see that it's copying over and there it is. So Home Sharing is also a great way to keep the content on multiple computers synced. First of all I can choose to display only the items that are not in my library. You can see the Show menu here currently says All items, but I can choose items not in my library.

So now I am not only seeing songs that my Library and Phil's iTunes library don't have in common, which makes it much easier find songs that I might want to copy and that can prevent me from dragging over copies of songs or videos that I already have in my own copy of iTunes. Now if I click Settings over here, I can tell iTunes to automatically transfer new purchases from other users libraries to my copy of iTunes, and I can specify the type of content I want. For example, if both Phil and I watch the same TV show and he downloads the latest episode from the iTunes Store, I can be sure to get a copy on my computer by checking TV Shows.

Now of course, I could watch the TV show streaming over regular network sharing from his computer, but that requires his computer to be on and for iTunes to be running, and if he quits iTunes while I'm watching a video I won't be able to finish watching that video. So in this case I want to make sure that I have the shows copied over to my own computer, so I can watch them any time I like. So that's a pretty cool feature. Unfortunately this only works with content purchased from the iTunes Store. You can't automatically sync content from other sources, but you can drag files in, like we saw before, or you can select a bunch of files and drag them all at once, or click Import to do the same thing.

So it is still very nice to be able to physically copy content from one iTunes library to another, instead of just streaming over the network, and that's the Home Sharing feature of iTunes 10.

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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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