Video:iTunes Share Musicwith Don Schechter
Find out how to use iTunes to share music with friends and family.See Transcript
Transcript:iTunes Share MusicHi, I'm Don Schechter for About.com Computing.
Before You Share Music in iTunesIf your computer is connected to a local area network, such as a home network, with other computers using iTunes, you can share your music library and playlists.
Shared music cannot be copied or burned to a CD on another computer.
In addition, any content purchased through iTunes or Audible, another music provider, cannot be listened to unless the other computer has been authorized to do so using your apple account.
You can authorize up to five computers to listen to your purchased files.
How to Share Your Music in iTunesLet's set up your iTunes to share music. Go to Edit on a PC or the iTunes drop-down menu on a Mac, and in both cases click on Preferences. Go to Sharing.
You can tell iTunes to look for other shared music libraries without having to share your own. In the side bar, a Shared section has now been created showing all libraries that are currently available.
Click Share my library on my local network. iTunes lets you share your entire library or just selected playlists.
Name a Music Library to Share in iTunesNow, give your music library a name. This is the name that will appear when others access your shared library.
Add a Password to Share iTunes MusicAs an extra level of security, you can set a password for others to use in order to access your music and videos.
Save Your Preferences to Share iTunes MusicAfter you have enabled your library, you will be able to see the names of all connected users under status. Click OK to save your changes.
How to Share Other People's Music in iTunesTo access others' iTunes libraries, click on their name under Shared and wait for their library to load. Once it loads, you can listen to their music as if it were on your computer.
You will notice that when you click on purchased content, iTunes asks for your computer to be authorized first.
If the other person wants to make your computer one of their five authorized computers, simply have them enter their Apple Account information and click Authorize.
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