Share me­dia across your net­work

Save fam­ily buy­ing their own copies of things

Mac Format - - WIFI SECRETS -

Your Mac is prob­a­bly stuffed to the gills with all

sorts of me­dia. A few easy steps is all it takes to make them avail­able to other peo­ple.

Let’s start with iTunes. Open its pref­er­ences and click Shar­ing, then turn on ‘Share my li­brary on my lo­cal net­work’ to al­low stream­ing of all kinds of me­dia to other com­put­ers run­ning iTunes, op­tion­ally re­stricted with a pass­word. Click the el­lip­sis then Edit at the top-left cor­ner of iTunes, and turn on Shared Li­braries. Switch li­braries us­ing the new icon there.

Home Shar­ing does the same job, but also al­lows me­dia to be copied be­tween the li­braries of up to five PCs or Macs. This re­quires Home Shar­ing to be en­abled on each com­puter: go to File > Home Shar­ing > Turn on Home Shar­ing and en­ter your Ap­ple ID.

An­other op­tion for stream­ing mu­sic is to pay £21.99 for an an­nual sub­scrip­tion to iTunes Match, or at least £9.99 per month for Ap­ple Mu­sic, then go to iTunes > Pref­er­ences and turn on iCloud Mu­sic Li­brary. Af­ter your li­brary is matched to Ap­ple’s own, and tracks Ap­ple lacks are up­loaded, you’ll be able to en­joy your mu­sic on all of your de­vices. You’ll need an in­ter­net con­nec­tion to stream, un­less you pre-empt a lack of ac­cess by down­load­ing things.

Share your pur­chases What if fam­ily mem­bers want to share your pur­chases but your Mac is un­avail­able? In Sys­tem Pref­er­ences > iCloud, click Set Up Fam­ily and in­vite them to join. They can then click their name at the top of iTunes, fol­lowed by Fam­ily Pur­chases, or go to the Pur­chased tab and tap My Pur­chases in iTunes, iBooks or the App Store on their iOS de­vice. Not all items are el­i­gi­ble to be shared this way, though.

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