Can I use "Share my library on my local network" ? I have my library in a shared folder on my iMac, this is to stop having to have the same music stored twice so my other half can use iTunes as well as me. I was told not to turn this on when helped by apple phone desk when setting this up, but that was quite a long time and updates ago now. I would like to airplay my music to an ATV.

Using iTunes 11.3.1 and Mountain Lion.

  • Not sure what is holding you back to use Airplay. – Ruskes Sep 6 '14 at 15:01
  • I was told by apple when setting up "Not To" turn on home sharing with library in shared folder! – Mike Miller Sep 8 '14 at 10:39
  • Do you remember what they said why not. – Ruskes Sep 8 '14 at 14:55
  • No just remembered that I was told not to several times during setup. – Mike Miller Sep 8 '14 at 16:17

Home Sharing is a feature that became available in iTunes version 9.

Home Sharing makes it easy to connect to the other iTunes libraries in your home network so you can stream and share--actually copy--music, movies, TV shows, apps, and ringtones.

You can set it up in iTunes:

home sharing


You might want to do this in iTunes preferences:

To prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically!

Prevent devices from automatically syncing with this iTunes library when a device is connected.

To sync a device, click the Sync button when the device is connected.

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  • Thanks for that , but not quite what I was asking! – Mike Miller Sep 8 '14 at 16:30
  • Why would Apple make the "Home sharing" and then tell users not to use it?. What they probably told you is to disable the "automatic syncing". – Ruskes Sep 8 '14 at 17:28
  • No they VERY clearly told me not to use home sharing, still lots of time passed now moved on a system up date or 3.... – Mike Miller Sep 9 '14 at 12:33

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