How to Share Media across Your Network with Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Ready to share your music, podcasts, and video legally with other folks on your local network? Mac OS X Snow Leopard lets you offer your digital media to other iTunes users across your home or office. Follow these steps:

1

Choose iTunes→Preferences.

The Preferences dialog opens.

2

Click Sharing.

Your sharing options are displayed, and you can control who can access what.

3

Select the Share My Library on My Local Network check box.

Although you are opting to share your library, you can set additional options to share only certain playlists.

4

Specify whether you want to share your entire library or only selected playlists and files.

Sharing selected playlists is a good idea for those Meatmen and Sex Pistols fans who work at a cubicle farm in a big corporation.

5

(Optional) Select the Require Password check box; then type a password in the text box.

This option lets you restrict access to those you have given the password to.

6

Click OK.

Your shared folder appears within the Source list for all iTunes users who enabled the Look for Shared Libraries check box on the same pane of their iTunes Preferences dialog. Note that the music you share with others can’t be imported or copied, so everything stays legal.

Want to change that frumpy default name for your shared media library to something more exotic, like “Dan’s Techno Beat Palace”? No problem; display the Preferences dialog again, but this time click the General button and click in the Library Name text box. Edit your network entertainment persona to your heart’s content.

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