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

By Mark L. Chambers

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:

1Choose iTunes→Preferences.

The Preferences dialog opens.

2Click Sharing.

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

3Select 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.

4Specify 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.

6Click 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.