I have an ever growing collection of iTunes music that I would like to play on my iPad as I walk around the house. Rather than syncing the music to the device, I wondered if I could stream the music to the device on the fly. It turns out you can, although it needs a little setup. However, when you have finished you can play your iTunes library from your Mac onto your iPhone or iPad. This only works when you on the same home network, but is great if you want to move your iOS device around the house while playing music. This works in the new iOS 7.
Set Up iTunes To Stream Music
The first stage is to set up iTunes, within the app go to File > Home Sharing > Turn On Home Sharing. Enter your apple id email and password and press OK. I am not wholly sure why you need to enter this password. I have a suspicion it is too lock down the number of devices it can be used on, and not allow you library to be access by anyone on your network.
Set Up iOS To Stream Music
We now need to set up our iOS device, iPad or iPhone, to receive the streamed music. The use of the apple ID ensures only the allowed devices can get to your music. Within your iOS device open up Settings. Select music from the list on the left hand side.
Within the options, at the bottom, there is a home sharing option. Enter the same username and password that you enter in iTunes.
The last step is to load the library into your iOS device. This ensures it knows what music you can listen to. Open up the music app and you will notice at the bottom there is an options called Shared. Which has now appeared due to us setting up the home sharing option.
Within the shared tab, select your iTunes music library from the list. Depending on how big your library is it may take a while to load. When it is completed you will now notice, to much rejoicing, that you can select the music, which is residing in your iTunes library to play on your iOS device. Songs, artists and albums are all selectable.
The music app is now a billion times more useful. I don’t have to sync songs to play. I can select what I want to listen to. I only have to sync music if I am leaving the house.
The only things that doesn’t seem to get synced across correctly is the playlists. Other than that I can plaything I want. I was so pleased when I found out how to use this tip. It made my Mac and iPad more awesome than it is.