Share your me­dia and apps

From Ap­ple Mu­sic to iTunes films and TV shows, it’s easy to share your me­dia

Mac Format - - FEATURE -

One of our favourite things about Fam­ily Shar­ing is that it makes it re­ally easy to share pur­chased con­tent with

your fam­ily. So, if you’ve amassed an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of mu­sic, films and TV shows from the iTunes Store, you can share it with your fam­ily, who can then watch it on their Mac, iPhone, iPad or Ap­ple TV.

If you’ve got au­to­matic down­loads turned on in iTunes’ pref­er­ences, or in Set­tings > iTunes & App Store on iOS, don’t worry: your iPad or iPhone won’t be in­un­dated with ev­ery­body else’s pur­chases, and yours won’t down­load au­to­mat­i­cally to fam­ily mem­bers’ de­vices. Au­to­matic down­load­ing ap­plies only to your own Ap­ple ID.

1 Whose li­brary is it?

Go to Ac­count > Fam­ily Pur­chases to see what you’ve bought from the iTunes Store. You’ll see your name near the top left. Click it to choose another fam­ily mem­ber’s col­lec­tion.

2 What me­dia to show

At the top right, you can switch be­tween the dif­fer­ent kinds of me­dia you’ve pur­chased. Click a cat­e­gory and the con­tent in the lower part of the win­dow will change.

3 What you don’t have

Use this to switch be­tween view­ing every pur­chase you’ve made (that you haven’t hid­den – see item 8 here) or just the ones that aren’t al­ready on the de­vice you’re us­ing.

4 The search bar

Type in the search bar to fil­ter the list of pur­chases quickly. Note that un­like iTunes’ main search bar, you don’t get sug­ges­tions as you type – you have to press ® for results.

5 What to show

This en­ables you to browse your me­dia in dif­fer­ent ways. For TV shows, you can view by series or episode ti­tle. For mu­sic, it’s by al­bum cover or in­di­vid­ual tracks.

6 Down­load items

If an item isn’t in your li­brary, it has a cloud-like icon with a down­wards-point­ing ar­row ei­ther on its art­work or at the right of its row. Click that to down­load the item to your de­vice.

7 Down­load qual­ity

This set­ting en­ables you to down­load the HD ver­sions of videos. We’d only rec­om­mend dis­abling this op­tion on de­vices with lim­ited stor­age or a slug­gish in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

8 Hide a pur­chase

Put the pointer over an item and you’ll see a lit­tle X ap­pear nearby. Click the X to hide the item, so your fam­ily won’t see it. To un­hide items, look in Ac­count > View My Ac­count.

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