How Do I Stream Music Through iTunes to My Laptop?

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How Do I Stream Music Through iTunes to My Laptop?
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If you have iTunes on two computers but wish to stream music from one library to another, you can do so by sharing your music library through the iTunes program. When two computers are on the same network and both have iTunes sharing enabled, each is able to listen to unprotected music in the other computer's library via streaming. For protected music that was purchased from the iTunes Store, you must authorise the secondary computer with the primary computer's iTunes account before it can be streamed.

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Things you need

  • Shared network connection
  • iTunes 7.0 or later

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  1. 1

    Connect both your primary and secondary computer to the same network.

  2. 2

    Open the iTunes program on the primary computer and click "Edit" and Preferences" from the drop-down menu. If you're using a Macintosh computer, click "iTunes" at the top of the screen and then click "Preferences."

  3. 3

    Click the "Sharing" button in the Preferences window, and click the box next to "Share my library on my local network." Click either "Share my entire library" or "Share selected playlists," and check the box next to the playlist you wish to share.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" to save the changes to the sharing preferences, and open the iTunes program on your secondary computer. Click "Edit" and "Preferences" on the iTunes' menu on your PC, or click "iTunes" and "Preferences" on your Macintosh computer.

  5. 5

    Click the "Sharing" button, and click the box next to "Look for shared libraries." Click "OK" to save the changes, and click the name of the primary computer's iTunes library in the "Shared" header of the iTunes' sidebar. The primary computer's iTunes library will be displayed in the main window of iTunes.

  6. 6

    Double-click the song you wish to stream to begin playback.

Tips and warnings

  • In order to authorise your secondary computer to access protected music, click "Store" at the top of the iTunes menu, click "Authorize Computer" and enter the iTunes account ID and password used on the primary computer.

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