Let’s say you are at home, with your computer full of music, but you want to listen to it in another room. You can either connect a wireless speaker to your PC (like this one) or transfer the music to your iPhone or iPad and transport it wherever you want. The problem is that if your music library is very large, the latter solution becomes unfeasible, taking up too much internal space on the device.
Fortunately Apple offers a way for you to listen to your entire music library on your computer on a device connected to the same Wi-Fi network, without having to transfer any files or take up extra space. All through a streaming local.
In this article we will show you how to do this easily.
Of course, we are assuming that you are not a subscriber to any streaming, such as Apple Music or Spotify, or has music that is not available on these services. Or you have podcasts or videos on iTunes and want to listen / watch on iPad without having to transfer files. Then the streaming location is a very practical solution.
In fact, the iTunes program allows you to share your entire music library (or part of it) on your Wi-Fi network, so it can be heard on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV and even other Macs / PCs connected to the same network. It’s the Personal Sharing.
Note that this solution it is not similar to AirPlay, in which you directs the sound from the computer to another device, but control continues through the computer. In Personal Sharing, you have direct access to the music, being able to choose on the device which one you want to listen, pause, skip, etc.
First of all, you need to share your iTunes library on your network. Here’s how to do it:
– Share your iTunes library
- Open the iTunes program on your computer.
- Open the menu Archive »Personal Sharing and activate the function.
- Log in to your Apple ID or iCloud account.
Okay, from there your music library can be accessed by other devices on the same Wi-Fi network, as long as they are also connected to the same Personal Sharing account. That is what we will see next.
– Listen to your music on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
With the library already shared, now it’s time to access it on another device on the same network. On iOS, do the following:
- Open the System Settings.
- Touch the menu Music and at the bottom of the page you will see the option to Personal Sharing. Sign in with the same Apple ID used on your computer.
- Now open the application Music.
- Touch Personal Sharing and choose the available library. If you don’t see this option, tap To edit, select Personal Sharing and tap OK.
Wait to synchronize the songs and that’s it, from now on you can listen to your entire library without having to copy any files to your iPhone or iPad. And the interesting thing is that the songs play independently on each device, allowing each one to listen to the music they want.
And this is not limited to music. If you open the Videos app on iOS, you’ll also see all the videos you have in your iTunes library, and you can watch them on your device.
To repeat: this is an easy solution for those who do not have subscriptions to streaming, such as Apple Music or iTunes Match.
See this and other iOS tips at this link.