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Chapter 2. iTunes > Sharing preferences

Sharing preferences

The Sharing pane is where you enable iTunes to share music with others on a local network. Instead of copying music from another computer on your network, you can have it stream to you (see page 94).

  • Look for shared music: Check this box and your computer will look for other Macs on the local network that have music sharing enabled.

  • Share my music: Select this option to make your iTunes Library or individual playlists available to others on the network. With this option selected, choose to Share entire library or Share selected playlists.

    If you choose to share selected playlists, put a checkmark next to one or more of your playlists that are shown in the scrolling window pane.

  • Shared name: Type a name to identify your shared music collection when it appears in another user's iTunes Source pane.

  • Require password: If you want to limit access to your shared music collection, select this option. Type a password in the text field, then give the password to certain people. When anyone tries to access the playlist by clicking the shared playlist icon in their Source pane (as shown on page 94), they'll be asked for the password.

  • Status: This line of text reports how many users on the local network are connected to your shared playlist.


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