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How to Authorize a Computer for iTunes Files and setup a Home Sharing Network

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How to Authorize a Computer for iTunes Files and setup a Home Sharing Network

How to Authorize a Computer for iTunes Files and setup a Home Sharing Network.

 

Under Apple’s User Agreement, you are allowed 5 devices to play your iTunes and App Store purchases. You you will have to type in your username and password to play many songs, audio books. To authorize a computer to play protected content, make sure you are connected to the internet. The first machine that is authorized is the computer you use to initially sign up for your Apple Account. To authorize another machine, follow these steps:

 

1)      Open iTunes

2)      Choose “Store”

3)      Select “Authorize Computer”

 

Setting up Home Sharing Network

 

You can setup a Home Sharing network with iTunes. To do this install iTunes on the computer you want to set up.

 

1)      Click the “Home Sharing” icon in the iTunes Source list. This is found on the left hand panel of iTunes. The home sharing icon looks like a small house. If the Home Sharing icon is missing, try turning on Home Sharing. Choose “Advanced,” then select “Turn on Home Sharing.” iTunes may ask you to authorize the computer for the iTunes Account. To do that follow the above instructions on authorizing Computers.

2)      Click the “Create Home Share” button.

3)      Repeat steps 1 and 2 for any other computer you want to share with on your home network. Remember you can share 5 maximum devices with per iTunes account. And your iPad counts as one computer!

 

Using the Home Sharing Network

 

After you have set up your home network with all the computers you want, everyone’s iTunes library appears in everyone’s Source list. Simply click the triangle next to the House icon for any library you want to check out.  To stream a file, select it and click the Import button in the bottom right corner of the iTunes Window. You have the option to customize which files you automatically want to share. Click the “Settings” button to set up your file sharing customizations.

 

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