Sunday, July 12, 2015

Apple Music: Home Sharing and Families

Kirk McElhearn:

iTunes and iOS have a feature called Home Sharing, which lets you, for example, share an iTunes library to an Apple TV, or to another computer running iTunes on your local network. Prior to iOS 8.4, it also allowed you to share your iTunes library directly to your iOS device; when it worked.


This feature is not part of iOS 8.4; at least not for music. It’s still there for videos, in the Videos app, and, as I write this article, I’m attempting to load my video library on my iPhone.

Serenity Caldwell:

If your family members have already signed up for an Apple Music free trial, this won’t work; you’ll have to wait until after their free trial period is over to sign them up as part of your Family plan.


With the introduction of iOS 8.4 and Apple Music the feature called “Home Sharing” for iTunes Music was silently removed by Apple.

Thousands of users loved to build their home music library over years to play back their music on several Apple devices, including their iPhones, iPads and Apple TV’s. Overnight Apple decided to silently remove this functionality from iOS in order to promote the newly introduced service Apple Music with monthly costs (fear remains the same will happen to Apple TV, when it gets an update to work with Apple Music in fall 2015)

Andrew Cunningham:

Last night, Apple’s Eddy Cue stated on Twitter that the company is “working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9,” confirming that the feature’s removal is only temporary. That’s of small comfort to the people who like Home Sharing and need to wait for the final release of iOS 9 in the fall before they can use it again, but it’s better than nothing.

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