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Mac 101: Sharing your iTunes Library in 3 easy steps

Apple makes it super-easy for you to share your iTunes media between computers. It's just a matter of three steps to get iTunes sharing up and running. If you have a local network in your house but you've never tried this out, here's a simple quick-start.

Read on to discover the three easy steps to music sharing nirvana.

1. By default, the OS X firewall blocks iTunes sharing, so if you're running a firewall, you'll need to enable this feature. On the computer that hosts your iTunes library, launch System Preferences. (It's in the Apple menu), select Sharing, click Firewall and check the iTunes Music Sharing box.

2. In iTunes, enable sharing: Open preferences, click the Sharing tab and chec the "Share my library on my local network" box. Share your entire library or only selected playlists. You can also specify a password to limit access. Click OK to confirm your preferences. iTunes reminds you that "Sharing music is for personal use only." Click OK.

3. Once you share your library it should automatically show up in the iTunes source list for all networked computers. If it does not, open preferences on that computer, click on the Sharing tab and make sure that "Look for shared libraries" is checked. Click OK.



Shared libraries are only available on your local network, so your friends in other countries won't be able to stream your library using this method.

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