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How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

When Apple introduced the latest version of the Apple TV, a lot of people were worried that they would no longer be able to stream content from their iTunes libraries. In the screenshots on the Apple website, the Computers tile isn’t shown, and on the Tech Specs page, nothing said that you could still use Home Sharing to access your iTunes library.

Well, rest assured; nothing much has changed. You can still stream music and videos from your iTunes library, as you have been able to do for years. You can watch movies and TV shows, you can stream music, and you can listen to podcasts and audiobooks on the Apple TV. Here’s how you set up and use the Apple TV to access media in your iTunes library.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

Access media in your iTunes library from the Computers tile.

Set up Home Sharing

Home Sharing is Apple’s method of authenticating you so you can access content from your iTunes library on other devices. This feature uses your Apple ID, the one linked to your iTunes Store account. To activate it, go to iTunes and choose File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing. Enter your Apple ID and password, and iTunes will be ready to serve up audio and video to other Apple devices.

Home Sharing works with other computers (iTunes), iOS devices (the Music or Videos apps), and the Apple TV. On the latter, go to Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing, and enter your credentials. If you have more than one Apple TV, enter the same credentials on each of the devices so they will be able to access your iTunes library. Remember that each device that will access your library has to be set up to use the same Apple ID for Home Sharing.

Stream content with Home Sharing

Home Sharing lets you stream media. Even though the new Apple TV contains either 32GB or 64GB flash storage, you can’t “send” files from your iTunes library to the device, as you could with the very first Apple TV, which synced content from your iTunes library. That device was more like an iPod in the living room; the current Apple TV (and the second- and third-generation models) pull media from your iTunes library, or from the cloud.

To use Home Sharing to access content from your iTunes library, select Computers on the Apple TV’s home screen, and then select a library. If you have more than one computer running iTunes, and Home Sharing is active on each of them, they will all display here.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If you have more than one library available, you can select one here. If not, you’ll go straight to the content type list, as in the screenshot below.

Select a library, and you’ll then see the types of content available:

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

Browse the different types of content in your shared library.

Drill down through your music and videos, and choose what to play. If you don’t have all of these media kinds in your iTunes library, the Apple TV will only display those available, though my MacBook’s library shows a listing for Home Videos, even though I don’t have any on that device.

One good thing about Home Sharing is its ability to access multiple devices. For example, you may have your music library on the computer you use regularly, but store your videos on a dedicated device, such as a Mac mini. If so, you can select either device from the Apple TV and access its content. In fact, if you’re running out of storage on your Mac and have another older Mac, it would be useful to convert it to a media server. Set up iTunes on the old Mac, perhaps add an external hard drive, and add, say, all your videos to that iTunes library. Since videos take up so much space, you could still have room on your main Mac for your music.

Home Sharing has not been without problems over the years. Sometimes the Apple TV can no longer see your iTunes library. I’ve had to do one or more of the following at different times to get Home Sharing to work again (though Apple may have improved Home Sharing for the new device):

  • Quit and relaunch iTunes on my Mac.
  • Restart my Apple TV.
  • Sign out of Home Sharing on my Mac or Apple TV, then sign in again.
  • Restart my router.

You may also need to tweak your computer’s security settings. Home Sharing uses TCP port 3689 and UDP port 5342, and if you have a firewall on your computer, you’ll need to make sure these ports are open. An Apple support document explains what you need to do.

While the Apple TV is great for getting content from Apple’s cloud, it also lets you use the music and videos in your iTunes library. Use Home Sharing to access all your stuff, and enjoy your movies, TV shows, and music on your TV set.

Matt Klein has nearly two decades of technical writing experience. He’s covered Windows, Android, macOS, Microsoft Office, and everything in between. He’s even written a book, The How-To Geek Guide to Windows 8. Read more.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If you already have a lot of music and home videos in your iTunes library, you can easily stream it all to your Apple TV, and thus whatever output sources to which it is connected.

For a media streaming device that is relatively long in tooth, the Apple TV has a lot going for it and at $69 it’s a good deal if you have an Apple-centric home. If you don’t currently own an Apple TV, then we recommend you try to hold off until Apple announces its next version (hopefully sometime this year).

If you have already taken the leap, but you’ve never dug deeper into its capabilities then you’ll quickly discover that it actually does a great deal. You can connect it to your iCloud account and then use the device to display your photos as your screen saver or a slideshow, and such as with Chromecast, you can also do screen mirroring from your iOS device or your computer.

One of Apple TV’s biggest features, is that it integrates with iTunes, which means you can view and purchase content directly from the device in the iTunes store. If you already have a sizable amount of content stored locally on your computer, however, you can enable home sharing and play all of that on your Apple TV as well.

Checking Home Sharing on Your Other Devices

At the heart of this is the Home Sharing feature, which can be enabled in iTunes from the “File” menu if you’re using a computer.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If you’re stuck on this part and want a more detailed treatment of the process, please read up on how to share your iTunes library with your iOS devices.

Home Sharing on Your Apple TV

There are actually two aspects of iTunes integration in Apple TV. There’s the usual movies, music, and other content that you can purchase and play, and then there’s the “Computers” tile, which is actually your portal to Home Sharing and your private collection.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryIf we maneuver over to the “Computers” tile, we see that we need to enable Home Sharing to access our personal iTunes library.

Click the “Settings” on the Apple TV’s main menu.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

To turn on Home Sharing, you need to click on “Computers” in the Settings menu.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

On the next screen, click “Turn On Home Sharing”.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

You have two options, you can use a different Apple ID, or the one you’re currently logged into on your Apple TV.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryRemember, you need to connect to the same Apple ID account that all your other Home Sharing devices are using.

Once Home Sharing is enabled, you’ll be shown a confirmation message.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If at any point, you decide you don’t want to use Home Sharing on your Apple TV, or you want to log into a different Apple ID, then you will need to first turn it off and then redo the above procedure.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

With Home Sharing now enabled, we’re connected to the content stored on our computer(s).

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If we click the Computers tile, we now see options to access this content, including music, home videos, and podcasts.

Here for example, you can search your music, access playlists, albums, and much more.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

With so many people adding higher end sound systems to their HD televisions, it makes sense to want to play all your media on it. Thankfully, Apple TV allows you to do that easily through iTunes Home Sharing. Best of all, you can access your collections from anywhere, so you can listen to your favorite podcast in the bedroom, or jam out to your tunes in the living room.

If you already own an Apple TV, and you have a computer running iTunes, you can set this is up and start playing your music, videos, and other local content on your TV right now.

Do you have any questions or comments you would like to contribute? We appreciate your feedback, so please leave it in our discussion forum.

На экране «Медиатека» в приложении «Музыка» собран весь контент и плейлисты, добавленные из Apple Music, покупки из iTunes Store, созданные Вами плейлисты, а также музыка, синхронизированная с компьютера, iPhone, iPad или iPod touch, если у Вас есть подписка на Apple Music или iTunes Match.

Подробнее о синхронизации медиатеки см. в статье службы поддержки Apple Включение функции «Синхронизация Медиатеки» с помощью Apple Music.

Примечание. Если Вы подписаны на план Apple Music Voice, в Вашей медиатеке доступны только совершенные ранее покупки из iTunes Store, созданные Вами плейлисты, а также музыка, синхронизированная с компьютера, iPhone, iPad или iPod touch, если у Вас есть подписка на iTunes Match. Подробная информация приведена в статье службы поддержки Apple Использование Apple Music Voice.

Просмотр и воспроизведение музыки из медиатеки

Откройте приложение «Музыка» на Apple TV .

Перейдите к разделу «Медиатека», затем выберите вариант в списке для показа музыки из таких категорий, как «Недавно добавленные», «Плейлисты», «Артисты», «Альбомы», «Песни» и т. д.

Выбор песни для воспроизведения.

Просмотр плейлистов

Откройте приложение «Музыка» на Apple TV , затем перейдите к разделу «Медиатека».

Выберите «Плейлисты», затем выберите один из своих плейлистов.

Выбор песни для воспроизведения.

На вкладке «Плейлисты» содержатся не только плейлисты, созданные Вами на экране «Исполняется», но и плейлисты, добавленные из Apple Music, а также те, которыми с Вами поделились другие пользователи.

Сортировка объектов внутри категории или жанра

Откройте приложение «Музыка» на Apple TV , затем перейдите к разделу «Медиатека».

Перейдите вниз, чтобы выделить категорию или жанр.

Выберите «Сортировка» вверху списка, затем выберите «Артист», «Название» или «Недавно добавленные».

Перемешивание объектов внутри категории или жанра

Откройте приложение «Музыка» на Apple TV , затем перейдите к разделу «Медиатека».

Перейдите вниз, чтобы выделить категорию или жанр.

Выберите «Перемешать» вверху списка, затем выберите «Воспроизвести».

Siri. Скажите, например:

«Включи Bastille в случайном порядке»

«Включи ”More Rain” в случайном порядке»

Просмотр дополнительных действий

Откройте приложение «Музыка» на Apple TV , затем перейдите к разделу «Исполняется».

Нажмите на центр сенсорной панели (на пульте Siri Remote 2-го поколения) или на сенсорную поверхность (на пульте Siri Remote 1-го поколения), затем перейдите вверх и выберите кнопку «Еще» , чтобы просмотреть дополнительные возможности.

Плейлисты, которые Вы создаете на Apple TV , отображаются на всех Ваших устройствах iOS, iPadOS и macOS, если включена функция «Синхронизация Медиатеки». Подробнее см. в статье службы поддержки Apple Включение функции «Синхронизация Медиатеки» с помощью Apple Music.

С помощью Apple TV можно воспроизводить медиатеку iTunes на домашнем кинотеатре. С помощью Apple TV (2-го поколения или новее) можно выполнять потоковую передачу материалов на домашний кинотеатр из любой медиатеки iTunes в Вашей Домашней коллекции. Точно так же можно передавать фотографии с жесткого диска Вашего компьютера.

Для потоковой передачи на Apple TV необходимо настроить Домашнюю коллекцию в iTunes и на Apple TV.

Настройка функции «Домашняя коллекция» на компьютере

В приложении iTunes на ПК выберите пункт меню «Файл» > «Домашняя коллекция» > «Включить Домашнюю коллекцию».

Введите имя и пароль своего Apple ID, затем нажмите «Включить Домашнюю коллекцию».

Повторите эти действия на каждом компьютере, с которого Вы хотите выполнять потоковую передачу на Apple TV. При настройке используйте один и тот же Apple ID и пароль.

Потоковая передача фильмов или телешоу из медиатеки iTunes на Apple TV

Убедитесь, что на ПК открыто приложение iTunes .

На Apple TV выполните одно из следующих действий.

Потоковая передача фильма. Выберите «Фильмы», затем в верхнем меню выберите «Покупки».

Фильмы, которые были приобретены или взяты напрокат, отобразятся на Apple TV. Чтобы воспроизвести объект, выберите его.

Потоковая передача телешоу. Выберите «Телешоу», затем в верхнем меню выберите «Покупки».

Телешоу, которые были приобретены, отобразятся на Apple TV. Чтобы воспроизвести объект, выберите его.

Потоковая передача фотографий с компьютера на Apple TV

После настройки функции «Домашняя коллекция» на компьютере и на Apple TV можно использовать iTunes для потоковой передачи фотографий на домашний кинотеатр.

В приложении iTunes на ПК выберите пункт меню «Файл» > «Домашняя коллекция» > «Выбрать фотографии для общего доступа с Apple TV».

В появившемся окне нажмите «Поделиться фотографиями из», затем выберите источник во всплывающем меню.

Выполните одно из следующих действий.

Выберите «Все фотографии и альбомы».

Выберите «Выбранные альбомы», затем выберите объекты, которые хотите передавать в потоковом режиме.

Нажмите кнопку «Применить».

На Apple TV выберите «Компьютеры», чтобы просмотреть медиатеки на общих устройствах, контент с которых Вы хотите просматривать или воспроизводить.

Музыку, фильмы, телешоу, фотографии и другой контент можно передавать в потоковом режиме с компьютера, устройства iOS или iPadOS на Apple TV . На устройстве и на Apple TV должен быть выполнен вход в учетную запись с одним и тем же Apple ID. Кроме того, на обоих устройствах должна быть включена Домашняя коллекция.

Настройка Домашней коллекции на Apple TV

Откройте Настройки на Apple TV и выберите «Пользователи и учетные записи» > «Домашняя коллекция».

Включите параметр «Домашняя коллекция» и введите свой Apple ID и пароль.

Для настройки устройств выполните одно из следующих действий.

Настройка Mac с macOS Catalina или новее. На Mac выберите меню Apple  > «Системные настройки», затем нажмите «Общий доступ». Установите флажок «Общий медиадоступ», затем установите флажок «Домашняя коллекция» и введите свой Apple ID и пароль.

Настройка Mac с macOS Mojave или более ранней версией либо на ПК под управлением Windows. В iTunes выберите «Файл» > «Домашняя коллекция» и выберите «Включить Домашнюю коллекцию». Введите свой Apple ID и пароль, затем нажмите «Включить Домашнюю коллекцию».

Примечание. В Windows 7 и Windows 8 меню iTunes скрыты по умолчанию. Чтобы временно их отобразить, нажмите и удерживайте клавишу Alt.

Настройка устройства iOS или iPadOS. На устройстве выберите «Настройки», затем выберите «Музыка» или «TV» > «Видео iTunes» . Включите параметр «Домашняя коллекция» и введите свой Apple ID и пароль.

После настройки на всех устройствах одной учетной записи Apple ID откройте приложение «Компьютеры» на экране «Домой» на Apple TV .

Отобразятся медиатеки подключенных устройств, и Вы сможете просматривать или воспроизводить материалы из любой медиатеки.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If you already have a lot of music and home videos in your iTunes library, you can easily stream it all to your Apple TV, and therefore whatever output sources it’s connected to.

For a relatively long media streaming device, the Apple TV has a lot to offer and at $ 69 it’s a good deal if you have an Apple-centric home. If you don’t currently have an Apple TV, we recommend that you wait until Apple announces its next version (hopefully this year).

If you’ve taken the plunge before, but never delved into his abilities, you’ll quickly find that he really does a lot. You can connect it to your iCloud account, then use the device to view your photos as a screen saver or slideshow, and like with Chromecast, you can also perform screen mirroring from your device. iOS or your computer.

One of the greatest features of Apple TV is that it integrates with iTunes, which means that you can view and purchase content directly from the device in the iTunes Store. If you already have a significant amount of content stored locally on your computer, however, you can turn on Home Sharing and play it all on your Apple TV as well.

Checking Home Sharing on Your Other Devices

At the heart of this is the Home Sharing feature, which can be enabled in iTunes from the “File” menu if you’re using a computer.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If you are stuck on this part and want a more in-depth look at the process, please read how to share your iTunes library with your iOS devices.

Home sharing on your Apple TV

There are actually two aspects of integrating iTunes into Apple TV. There’s the movies, music, and other regular content that you can buy and play, and then there’s the “Computers” tile, which is actually your portal to home sharing and your private collection.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryIf we go to the “Computers” tile, we find that we need to enable home sharing to access our personal iTunes library.

Click “Settings” from the Apple TV’s main menu.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

To enable home sharing, you need to click on “Computers” in the Settings menu.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

On the next screen, click on “Turn on home sharing”.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

You have two options, you can use a different Apple ID or the one you’re currently signed into on your Apple TV.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryRemember, you need to sign in to the same Apple ID account as all of your other home sharing devices.

Once Home Sharing is enabled, a confirmation message will be displayed.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If at some point you decide not to use Home Sharing on your Apple TV, or if you want to sign in to a different Apple ID, you’ll need to turn it off first and then redo the above procedure.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

With home sharing now enabled, we are connected to the content stored on our computers.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

If we click on the Computers tile, now we see options to access this content including music, home videos, and podcasts.

Here, for example, you can search your music, access playlists, albums and much more.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

With so many people adding premium sound systems to their HDTVs, it makes sense to want to play all your media there. Fortunately, Apple TV allows you to do this easily through iTunes Home Sharing. Best of all, you can access your collections from anywhere, so you can listen to your favorite podcast in the bedroom or listen to your music in the living room.

If you already own an Apple TV and have a computer running iTunes, you can set it up and start playing your music, videos, and other local content on your TV right now.

Do you have questions or comments that you would like to contribute? We value your feedback, so please leave it in our discussion forum.

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If you are among the 20 million people who subscribe to Apple Music and also own an Apple TV, then you have all the world’s music available to explore, all packed inside your TV set. Here is everything you need to learn to get the best out of Apple Music on your Apple TV.

What Is Apple Music?

Apple Music is a subscription-based music streaming service with a catalog of over 30 million tracks. For a monthly fee (which varies by country) you can access all that music, along with the popular Beats1 radio station, music recommendations, curated playlist collections, the artist to fan-focused Connect service and more. Available across every Apple device the service is also available for Android, the Apple TV, and with limited support for Windows.

Apple Music on Apple TV 4

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

Apple’s latest Apple TV offers the Music app.

The app lets you listen to all your own music through iCloud Music Library in the My Music section, and lets Apple Music subscribers access all the tracks made available through that service, including radio stations.

Once you’ve subscribed to Apple Music you need to log into your Apple TV using the same Apple ID as used for your Apple Music account in Settings > Accounts. You can then enable the service on your Apple TV in Settings > Apps > Music, where you should turn on iCloud Music Library in order to access all your own music on the system.

Home Sharing

To listen to music collections that you already own and keep on the Macs and iOS devices you have at home you need to set the Home Sharing feature up.

On a Mac: Launch iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID, then go to File > Home Sharing to turn the feature on.

On an iOS device: Open Settings > Music, find Home Sharing and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

On Apple TV: open Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing. (On older Apple TVs you need to go to Settings > Computers). Turn Home Sharing on and enter your Apple ID.

The Music Sections on Apple TV

Apple improved the navigation within Apple Music in 2016. Today, the Apple Music service is split into six key sections:

  • Library: The music you already own
  • For You: Personalized music recommendations, playlists, and more
  • Browse: Artist spotlights, curated collections, playlists, new music collections, editorially curated playlists, and more. Additional links to New Music, Playlists, Videos, Top Charts, and Genres are all hosted in the Browse section.
  • Radio: Beats1 and a range of automated station playlists. If you look at the top of the screen you find additional sub-menus that lead you to featured content, Beats 1 shows and a selection of virtual ‘stations, including charting now and more.
  • Search: The place to look for specific material, both within your own collection and via Apple Music.
  • Now Playing: Whatever music you are playing now.

You can control Apple Music using your Siri Remote. On Apple TV, Siri understands a range of commands, including:

  • “Start a radio station based on this song.”
  • “Add this album to my library.”
  • “Play this song again.”
  • “Add ‘Burn The Witch’ to my song collection.”

When music is playing through the Music app on Apple TV it will continue playing in the background while you navigate to other apps and content, including while screensavers are active. Playback stops automatically when you launch another app on Apple TV.

Playlists

To create playlists on Apple TV just play a track you’d like to add to the playlist, click while in the Now Playing screen and navigate your remote and click on the small circle that appears above the relevant song image to access the More menu.

Here you’ll find a range of options, including Add to a Playlist. Select this and either add the track to an existing list or create and name a new one. Repeat this process for each song you hope to add to a playlist.

What You Can Do With Tracks

There are several things you can do when you are playing music. To find these commands tap the ‘Now Playing’ section and scroll to select the artwork for the current track. If you are using a Playlist you should see previous and future tracks appear in the carousel view. You can pause tracks, or flick to the next track in this view, but the best commands are a little harder to find.

With the track selected scroll to the top of the screen. You should see two small dots. The dot on the left will download the currently playing track to your local Apple Music collection, while the right-hand dot (when tapped) provides numerous additional tools:

  • Go to Album: Takes you to the album containing the current song.
  • Go to Artist: Directs you to the artist info page relevant to the current song.
  • Add to Library: Downloads the current track to your music library
  • Add to a Playlist: You choose which playlist to put the track in using the subsequent window.
  • Play Next: This will let you choose a track to follow the current track.
  • Create Station: Creates an automated radio station based on the current track.
  • Love: Tap this button if you like the music that is playing. Doing so improves Music’s capacity to understand your preferences,
  • Dislike: Tap this button if you hate something that plays in order to prevent Apple Music suggesting similar tracks in the future.
  • Speakers: Only useful if you have multiple speaker systems in place, this button lets you choose which speakers to use for music playback.

How to AirPlay Apple Music to Older Apple TV Models

If you have an older Apple TV model then Apple Music is not supported on the device and you won’t find an app for it. You can stream music collections held on other Apple devices around your home using the Home Sharing feature, but if you want to listen to Apple Music tracks you need to stream them to your TV from another Apple device using AirPlay. You won’t be able to use your Siri Remote to control music playback, which you must manage directly on the device you’re streaming content from.

Here is how to AirPlay content from an iOS device:

Swipe up from the bottom of your iOS device screen to open Control Center, locate the AirPlay button at the lower middle right of Control Center, and choose to AirPlay music from that device through the correct Apple TV.

Apple has two music subscription services, which are closely connected through iCloud Music Library: Apple Music and iTunes Match. When iCloud Music Library is turned on, you can access your entire music library anywhere. Here, we’re going to show you the best available ways to get Apple Music on Apple TV so it can be as painless as possible.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

Method 1: How to Play Apple Music on Apple TV with iCloud Music Library

If you have subscribed to Apple Music and iTunes Match, you can store up to 100,000 songs in iCloud and easily stream Apple Music & iTunes music on Apple TV when you turn on iCloud Music Library.

Enable iCloud Music Library

1) On Apple TV 4, go to Settings > Accounts to log in with the same Apple ID , which is used for Apple Music Account.

2) On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Music and turn on “iCloud Music Library” to sync all your music to iCloud Music Library.

On your Mac: from the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose iTunes > Preferences, Then select iCloud Music Library to turn it on.

On your PC: from the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Edit > Preferences. Then select iCloud Music Library to turn it on.

3) Now, you have the access to your Apple Music through Apple TV 4 and you can play them directly on a TV.

Why some users may want to leave the iCloud Music Library turned off?

At the moment iCloud Music Library is potentially dangerous to turn on. Users have complained about it creating duplicates, assigning inaccurate metadata and artwork, and/or restoring previously deleted music. For people with large, carefully tagged iTunes libraries, this can create chaos and undo years of work. In our own experiences, we’ve also run into some major issues in enabling the feature.

Method 2: How to Get Apple Music on Apple TV without iCloud Music Library

It’s very easy to play Apple Music on Apple TV 4 through iCloud Music Library, but what if you want to play Apple Music on Apple TV 1/2/3 that don’t support Apple Music, or you simply don’t want to use the iCloud Music Library to access your music? You can use the third-party software to convert the Apple Music music into plain MP3 audio format and sync it to Apple TV. If you want to convert without fiddling with any settings, using as few clicks as possible, we recommend you try Sidify Apple Music Converter, which is especially suited to quickly set up a conversion for Apple Music and iTunes purchased music.

Key Features of Sidify Apple Music Converter

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Sidify Apple Music Converter

  • Convert Apple Music/iTunes M4P to MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF/ALAC.
  • Preserve the quality of the original sound; Keep ID3 tags.
  • Fast Conversion Speed; Simple and innovative user interface.
  • Highly compatible with the latest Mac/ Windows OS and iTunes.

Step 1 Launch Sidify Apple Music Converter

After downloading and installing Sidify Apple Music Converter, launch the program and then you’ll see the user-friendly interface of this Apple Music Converter. The program is compatible with Windows and Mac.

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Step 2 Import Apple Music Tracks to Sidify

Click the “Add” button, and you’ll see a pop-up dialog that shows you your entir

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Step 3 Adjust Output Setting

Click the “Settings” button on the upper right. Here you can choose output formats (MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF), output quality(Low, Medium, High, Very High 320kbps) , output folder and how you like the audio files to be organized and so on. If you don’t change the output path, the output audio files will be saved under the default folder.

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Step 4 Start Conversion

After the conversion is done, you can find the converted audio files by clicking the “Converted” button or directly go to the output folder that you set in the previous step. All ID3 tags, including artist, album, year, track number and genre, are preserved in the output audios.

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Step 5 Sync Local Music File from Computer to Apple TV

Now, you may have a sizable amount of content stored locally on your computer, you can directly enable home sharing and play all of them on your Apple TV. Before you start, make sure that you are running the latest version of iTunes on your Mac or PC.

Turn on Home Sharing:

To set up Home Sharing on your Apple TV 4, open Settings >Accounts >Home Sharing.

To set up Home Sharing on your Mac or PC, open iTunes and sign in with your Apple ID. Next, go to File > Home Sharing and click Turn on Home Sharing.

After that, you can stream Apple Music on Apple TV without limitation.

Note: The trial version of Sidify Apple Music converter has a 3-minute conversion limit. If you want to unlock the time restriction, purchase the Sidify Pro now.

Don’t worry, your music isn’t going anywhere.

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Apple Music is taking over the bulk of iTunes’ duties.

iTunes is as good as dead , leaving many to wonder: When iTunes goes, what happens to all your music? Don’t worry — Apple isn’t taking away your tunes. But it is carving up iTunes’ duties into four parts, giving Apple Music the bulk of the work. It’ll be a shock for loyal iTunes users who, for 18 years, learned to rely on the app for everything from syncing their iPhones to building playlists and buying songs. However, Apple is confident in your ability to teach yourself new tricks, as it channels you to Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Apple TV and the Finder instead .

Apple’s shifting strategy may be jarring for longtime users, but music fits squarely into the tech giant’s portfolio of premium experiences that keep loyal users invested in the brand’s ecosystem. For a company initially focused on hardware, iTunes was one of Apple’s first major successes in this area. People who had bought music from Apple were less likely to stray. Now, Apple is betting that Apple Music help juice Apple’s further push into software and services.

Nevertheless, closing down iTunes raises big questions for those who have built up musical collections over the years. What do you have to do, if anything, to keep your investment intact? What if you use iTunes for Windows? What happens to iTunes Match? And why is Apple axing iTunes to begin with?

Here’s what we know about Apple’s plans to transition you to Apple Music and the rest.

WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote

Does iTunes still work today?

Yes. Apple still advertises iTunes on the website. iTunes will continue to exist for the time being, but Apple won’t support it in MacOS Catalina, the upgrade coming this fall.

Why is Apple ending iTunes?

Apple said that iTunes was initially focused on burning and mixing songs on the Mac, but then suggested it was too big and bloated, and lost its purpose. “How about calendar in iTunes?” Apple engineering lead Craig Federighi joked during the presentation. “I mean, you can have all of your appointments and your best tracks all in one app!”

Apple describes Apple Music as being extremely fast, which suggests that iTunes performance had gotten laggy.

Do I still get access to the same number of songs with Apple Music?

Yes, Apple advertises a catalog of over 50 million songs, plus collections of music videos (through Apple TV) and podcasts (through the Apple Podcasts app). Scroll to the end for more details.

Does my iTunes collection go away?

No way. Every song you’ve ever bought, ripped, uploaded or imported will already be part of Apple Music when you upgrade from your current Mac OS version to Catalina. All the files that are already on your computer will remain. Apple isn’t liquidating anything you already own, but it will reorganize where the files live.

Even my ripped CDs, MP3s and playlists?

Yep, even those. You’ll find them in your Apple Music library.

Will I still be able to burn a CD with Apple Music?

Yes, if you have an external CD drive and the necessary cables, though this isn’t something we’ve tested yet.

What about backing up my device, restoring my settings and syncing settings?

iTunes is the app you think of for backups and syncs, and those capabilities will exist with Catalina, just not in the Apple Music app. You’ll find them by opening the Finder tool in Mac. That’s the one with the square, stylized icon of a smiling face that serves as the operating system’s file manager. Open it, and you’ll see device will appear in the Finder menu, for example: “Jessica’s iPhone.”

How will I move music onto a device?

If you want to move music onto a device, you open one of your media apps, click and drag from your music library into the folder for your connected device, and it will transfer over.

Apple Music is a subscription service you can use across your Apple devices.

What happens when I sync my iPhone or other device?

Today, iTunes pops up when you plug in your iPhone to sync devices, but that’s not the case with Apple Music. If you want to sync, you’ll find the setting in the sidebar in Finder. Apple is making this more opt-in (you trigger the syncing in Finder) rather than opt-out (you close the window if it pops up and bugs you).

What happens to people who use iTunes on Windows?

iTunes will continue to work on Windows as is.

– Feb. 26th 2019 12:00 am PT

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Is your Apple Music Library missing? Read on for how to check your iCloud Music settings to recover your Apple Music Library.

Apple Music is a great streaming service that allows users to save and download music and videos to a personal library. However, if you’ve signed out of your iTunes/App Store account or are setting up a new device, iCloud Music Library isn’t turned on by default.

Follow along with the steps below to see if this quick change will recover your Apple Music Library on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Apple Music library missing? Check your iCloud Music settings

iPhone and iPad

  1. Open Settings
  2. Swipe down to Music
  3. Tap the toggle next to iCloud Music Libaryto recover your Apple Music Library
  4. It make take some time for your library to repopulate in the Music app

Here’s how the process looks:

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  1. Open iTunes
  2. Click iTunes in the top left corner, then select Preferences…
  3. Under the Generaltab, check the box next to iCloud Music Library
  4. It make take some time for your library to show up in iTunes again

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The iTunes feature that let you stream your personal media to other devices like an Apple TV is still in macOS Catalina, but the procedure is a bit different. Here’s what you need to know to set it up, turn it on, and why it’s worth doing.

Say this for the old iTunes app, it did a lot. One of its less high-profile features was the deeply useful ability to share your music, films and TV to your other devices around the home, like your Apple TV, without having to use AirPlay. This Home Sharing meant you could watch your film library on your Apple TV, for instance, and more importantly, select what you wanted to watch from the Apple TV instead of pushing it to the set top with another device.

Even though iTunes is now gone, its features have been dispersed around macOS Catalina. When you know where to look, you can get back Home Sharing particularly easily.

First you need to enable Home Sharing in Settings, then you have to find it in the new Music and TV apps.

Turn it on

On your Mac, enable home sharing by going to System Preferences.

  • Click on Sharing
  • Tick Media Sharing

Once you do this, you see a whole section of settings to do with home sharing.

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You can give your media library a name that will be easy to identify from other devices later. By default, it will already be called by your Mac’s name.

Next, specify what you want to share.

  • Tick Home Sharing
  • Authenticate with your Apple ID account and password
  • Optionally, turn on Share media with guests

Under Home Sharing, you get some overall controls. You can tick to have your play counts updated when you watch on another device. So, if you have smart playlists that, for instance, include only music that you’ve played more than some particular number of times, this will keep that count accurate.

Next to Share media with guests, you get an Share media with guests button.

The most important option is Require password. It’s up to you, and it’s definitely more inconvenient for your guests if they have to use a password. However, if you’re not keen on a neighbour working through your entire “Harry Potter” movie collection, set a password.

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You can then choose between sharing everything, or just specific playlists.

Listening and watching

Whether you want to watch or listen to your media on a Mac or an iOS device, the next part of the job is the same. You have to sign in to Home Sharing on that device — and using the same Apple ID that you did on your Mac.

On another Mac, anywhere on your network, open the new Music app. On the left, you’ll see a column containing Apple Music sections, and then Library.

If your Macs are logged in to the same Apple ID, then when Home Sharing is running on one, its library will appear on the other.

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This isn’t a case of your main Mac acting as a single, central library, either. In this example, the Master iTunes Library is the name we gave a Mac mini that has our music on.

This Library section will show you as many Home Shared devices as you have.

On iPhone and iPad

On an iOS device, go to Settings, and tap Music. Oddly, you have to go to Music even what you want is to share TV or podcasts.

In the Music section, scroll to the bottom and Home Sharing. Tap to log in with your Apple ID — and if that ID is the same as the one on your phone, it will even suggest that plus its password.

Once you’ve done this, then in the Music, TV or Podcasts apps, tap on Library.

In each of these apps, you’ll see the name of your Catalina Mac’s library listed and can just tap through to watch or listen to what you want.

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Where it goes wrong

Apple’s built-in Home Sharing isn’t gigantically customizable and it doesn’t offer a lot of options to choose from, but using it and setting it up is straightforward. Where you may find a problem is when you come to turn on Home Sharing on your Catalina Mac. It’s possible that you’ll find you can’t tick the Media Sharing box.

Oddly, even when that is unavailable, you can still go into the sharing section and turn on Home Sharing. You can turn it on, you’ll be prompted to authenticate with your password, and you can then choose the options about sharing with guests, but it doesn’t matter.

If you can’t first tick that Media Sharing button, your Mac ignores everything you do in the section.

The issue is likely to be related to authorizations on your Mac. Even if you believe your Mac was authorized to play your iTunes media, the move to Catalina appears to sometimes undo that.

To fix it, authorize your macOS Catalina Mac in Music and TV. In our testing, we’ve found that rarely you may have to deauthorize all of your Macs first and then re-authorize them in Music and TV — and then Home Sharing will work.

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‘Q: Apple Music on Apple TV 3? Is it possible to get Apple Music on Apple TV 3? I can stream to it from my iMac, but it would be nice to launch Apple Music from the TV directly. Evgeniy Krechun asked on the famous Q&A website Ask Different.’

We can learn from the Apple website: If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can download songs, albums, and playlists for offline listening on Apple TV with the Music app. But it requires Apple TV (4th generation) or later. That’s to say, Apple Music is not supported on the 3rd Generation Apple TV or earlier.

So can we get Apple Music on all models of Apple TV? Don’t worry; we will have the issue of playing Apple Music on Apple TV in two solutions.

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Solution 1. Sync Apple Music to Apple TV 4 through iCloud Music Library

Apple’s latest Apple TV offers the Music app. With Music app, you can not only listen to all your own music collection through iCloud Music Library in the My Music section, but also access all the tracks made available through that service, including radio stations.

1 Open the Music app on Apple TV. Once you’ve subscribed to Apple Music, you need to log into your Apple TV using the same Apple ID as used for your Apple Music account in Settings > Accounts.

2 You can then enable the service on your Apple TV in Settings > Apps > Music, where you should turn on iCloud Music Library in order to access all your own music on the system.

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3 Now you can find an artist, song, or album to play.

Solution 2. How to Play Apple Music on Apple TV 1/2/3

If you have an older Apple TV model, and you will find there is no Music app on it. If you want to play Apple Music files on this kind of Apple TV, what should you do? You can stream music collections held on other Apple devices around your home using the Home Sharing feature. Still, if you want to listen to Apple Music tracks, you need to stream them to your TV from a compatible device, such as an iPhone, iPad, or Mac using AirPlay.

All the solutions require an apple music subscription. If you’d like to cancel your subscription, any streaming music you’ve added to your library from the Apple Music catalog will no longer be playable. So is it possible to save Apple Music songs before your Apple Music subscription ends so that you can play Apple Music song on all models of Apple TV anytime?

Apple Music Converter is designed for Apple users. It is an all-in-one Apple Music Converter software. With it, you can convert Apple Music songs to MP3, AAC, AIFF, FALC and WAV with original output quality kept. Thus, without Apple Music subscription, you can also save your Apple Music files and easily sync them to Apple TV with Home Sharing.

Simple Tutorial: How to Convert Apple Music for Playback on Apple TV

Now you can download the latest version of Apple Music Converter and follow the detailed guide below to learn the Apple Music to Apple TV conversion process. The program is compatible with Mac and Windows platforms. Here we will illustrate how it works with the Windows version.

Step 1 Install and Run the Apple Music Converter on PC

Launch Apple Music Converter on your computer and follow the indication to open Apple Music web player and sign in with Apple ID.

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Step 2 Set the output format

Click the Settings gear icon on the top right of the user interface, you can set MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV or FLAC as output format.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

Step 3 Add Apple Music

Choose a playlist, artist, or album and open it. Then, click on the Add button and you will see a pop-up windows that shows music for conversion. You can convert all of them or select the music by yourself.

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Step 4 Start Apple Music Conversion Process

Click the Convert button, the program will start to convert Apple Music automatically. After conversion, you can locate the Apple Music files in the history folder.

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Step 5 Sync Converted Apple Music Songs to Apple TV

After conversion, you can import all the converted Apple Music songs to iTunes, and then stream those converted Apple Music songs to Apple TV using Home Sharing. The main steps are as below.

On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing, and select Turn on Home Sharing, then enter your Apple ID and password. Use the same Apple ID for your computer on your Home Sharing network. Now you can use Home Sharing to stream music from computer to all models of Apple TV.

Note: The free trial version of the TunePat Apple Music Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song and convert 3 music files at a time. If you want to unlock the time limitation, you can purchase the full version of Apple Music Converter from $14.95.

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod you can use the Remote app — free at the Apple App Store — to control your Mac’s Music library from a distance.

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iTunes Remote lets you control Apple Music, iTunes, or the Apple TV app from anywhere in your home. Download the app to your iPhone or iPad, and connect directly to Apple Music, iTunes, or the Apple TV app on your Mac or PC.

With iTunes Remote — which has been updated with macOS Catalina support and Dark Mode support — you can:

  • Access your Apple Music, Apple TV, or iTunes libraries
  • Browse music by artist, albums, and songs
  • Browse movies, TV shows, and podcasts
  • Create and edit playlists
  • See upcoming songs with Up Next
  • Search your entire Apple Music, Apple TV, or iTunes libraries
  • Explore shared Apple Music, Apple TV, or iTunes libraries
  • Listen with AirPlay
  • Send music to AirPlay speakers
  • Group speakers together to play music in multiple rooms at the same time
  • Set the volume on each speaker independently

iTunes 12.8 or later is recommended for use with iTunes Remote. Ready? Okay, pair the app with the iTunes library (or libraries) you want to control. Your device and your Mac must be on the same wireless network and iTunes must be open on your Mac.

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On your iOS or iPadOS device, open the Remote app and do one of the following:

  • If it’s your first time using iTunes Remote: Tap Connect Manually.
  • If it’s not your first time using iTunes Remote: Tap Settings, then tap “Add a media library.”

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A 4-digit code may appear. In the Music app on your Mac, click the Remote button under Devices in the sidebar, then type the 4-digit code.

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Music pairs the library on your computer with the iTunes Remote app on your device.

A caveat: I said “may appear” because on my set-up (see below), there was no need to enter a 4-digit code. The iTunes app and the Music library on my Mac paired automatically.

If you have Home Sharing turned on, you can set the iTunes Remote app to pair automatically with any of the media libraries on your Home Sharing network.

On your iOS or iPadOS device, open the Remote app.

Do one of the following:

  • If it’s your first time using iTunes Remote: Tap Use Home Sharing.
  • If it’s not your first time using iTunes Remote: Tap Settings, then tap to turn on Home Sharing.

Sign in using your Apple ID and password.

Tap the media library you want to control.

These instructions apply, for the most part, to other versions of macOS besides Catalina. However, I’m using Catalina on a 16-inch MacBook Pro for this tutorial.

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Apple TV App will launch on LG Smart TV’s in the US and 54 other countries on 2/3/20 at 3pm PST

Apple TV app is available on what models?

The app is available on select 2018 LG webOS 4.0 and later models. The Apple TV+ will launch on certain 2016 and 2017 models in 2021.

What if model is not compatible?

Although the app is not available for your TV, there are other options that will allow you to stream Apple TV on your LG TV. Apple TV can be streamed on LG compatible devices such as Roku, Amazon Firestick, iPhones, etc. The complete list of devices can be found at apple.com/apple-tv-app/devices.

Why is it not compatible on older models?

While LG is constantly working to update all devices to the latest technology, newer apps often require the benefit of technology not available on older devices. However, you can still stream the Apple TV App on other compatible devices that are connected to your TV. A complete list can be found at apple.com/apple-tv-app/devices

Apple TV App Issues (i.e., streaming, setup, content, in-app, or error messages, etc)

Contact Apple Support at support.apple.com/tv/LG for support issues on Apple TV app on LG smart TVs. Customers can also contact Apple support via phone, e-mail, and chat channels by navigating to getsupport.apple.com via a browser, smartphone, or desktop computer. Phone numbers to call Apple by country support.apple.com/en-us/HT201232.

Absolutely. You can stream the application on certain compatible devices like Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, iPhone, and iPad. You can find a complete list of compatible devices at www.apple.com/apple-tv-app/devices.

For most applicable models, it can be located on the launcher bar. If it’s not visible on the launcher bar, please visit the LG Content Store.

There is a slight latency that could be experienced at times by the content being watched and information displayed on the TV. This is a known issue and is being investigated

You can try to download it again. If you still encounter issues downloading the app you can contact Apple customer support at www.support.apple.com/tv/LG for support issues on Apple TV on LG smart TVs. Make sure your software is fully up to date. TV firmware needed is (018: 04.71.05, 018K: 04.71.04, M16P3: 04.71.04, K5LP: 04.71.03)

Apple TV+ is $4.99 a month

Unfortunately, at this time Dolby Atmos is not supported by the Apple TV app.

If this problem occurs, please log out of the Apple TV app and log back in with your Apple TV account information. If you wish to remove all previous Apple TV options and settings that might be stored on the TV, you can reset the TV to initial settings. Please contact LG customer support for assistance.

Before you sell or give away your TV or uninstall the Apple TV app or Apple TV+ app, you should reset the Apple TV app and Apple TV+ app. Resetting the Apple TV app and Apple TV+ app signs you out of your account, removes your personal information, and restores the apps to their original settings.

If you reset the Apple TV app and Apple TV+ app on a smart TV that’s also signed in to the Apple Music app, then the Apple Music app will also be restored to its original settings.

  1. Open the Apple TV app or Apple TV+ app.
  2. Go to Settings.
  3. Choose Reset Apple TV app and Apple Music, or Reset Apple TV+ app. Then confirm your choice.

NOTE: If you have a 2016 model TV, complete removal of all app information may require resetting the TV to initial settings. Please contact LG customer support for assistance.

How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

Listening to music is one of the most relaxing hobbies we have in our free time. Thus, as we listen to different music, we find some songs that we like and want to share with our friends and family. Good thing is that you can now enjoy listening to your favorite music together with a very relaxing background on a bigger screen as you mirror iPhone to TV and enjoy music on a Smart TV. Here are the best ways to help you play, connect, and stream Apple Music to TV.

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Ways to Play, Connect, and Stream Apple Music to TV

  • Apple TV
  • LetsView
  • ApowerMirror

Apple TV

The first method for you to play Apple Music on Smart TV is by using an Apple TV. This displays movies and TV shows where you can access streaming services in one place. All you need is to sync your Apple Music to your Apple TV through your iCloud Music Library. Simply follow the simple steps below to cast your Apple Music to your TV to share with others.

  • Connect your Apple TV box to your TV. Then connect your phone and TV to the same WiFi network.
  • Open Apple music, and then play a song. Tap the AirPlay button in the middle bottom.How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library
  • After that, you can choose to cast music on your TV and other devices. Just tap the name of your Apple TV and stream music to your TV. How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

LetsView

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Next, we have LetsView. This amazing free screen mirroring tool helps you stream music and videos from iPhone to TV quickly and easily. It allows you to mirror your device with multiple platforms like a phone to phone, phone to PC, phone to TV, PC to PC, and PC to TV. With a high screen display quality, the audio quality also offers a great deal even when being just mirrored from the iPhone. To learn how to connect Apple Music to TV using this amazing tool, just follow the simple steps below.

    Download and install LetsView on your iPhone and TV.

  • Launch the app on your iPhone and TV. Enter the PIN code displayed on the TV to your iPhone. How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library
  • You can stream Apple Music to TV immediately.
  • ApowerMirror

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    ApowerMirror is another reliable app for casting music to a TV for free. With its cross-platform screen mirroring feature, you can control your TV by just using your iPhone and control your music like playing, pause, play next and previous songs easily. Also, choosing what songs to play will be easier as your iPhone’s screen is being mirrored on a wider screen on your TV. To learn how to cast Apple Music to Smart TV, just follow the guidance below.

      Download the application from the AppStore for your iPhone and also get the app for your TV from your TV apps store. You can also click the button below to get this tool. Launch it afterward.

  • Using your iPhone to scan the QR code displayed on your TV to start the mirroring process. How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library
  • Afterward, you can stream Apple Music to TV without Apple TV.
  • Conclusion

    These are the best and easiest ways on how to cast and play your Apple music to TV. Apple TV is a practical tool, but if you do not have one, just try LetsView or ApowerMirror. Both of these two apps are free.

    In Apple TV there’s an option called ‘Computer’ where you can stream movies that are stored on your computer. But these movies need to be shared from your computer to Apple TV. In Catalina Apple changed how you turn this sharing on and off from your Computer.

    Previously you need to go into iTunes and select ‘Turn on Home Sharing’ from your iTunes App. In Catalina it’s been moved from iTunes into the System Preferences. (It’s not been moved to the TV app – that’s where I went looking!)

    To turn on sharing for your media Library you need to go into System Preferences, then ‘Sharing’ and then select the box that says ‘Media Sharing’ and then select the box that says ‘Home Sharing.’ Now all the movies that were in your old iTunes Library will be available on your Apple TV.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryTurn on Home Sharing to see movies in Apple TV

    If you want to add files from a media server or external Hard Disk to be able to view them on your Apple TV as well, you can leave them in place on your media server but you need to drag them into the new TV app on your computer. Before you do this make sure you unselect the option that says ‘Copy files to media folder when adding to Library.’ If that box is selected it will try to copy your movies from your external drive to your computer’s internal drive, and fill it up. If you leave that box unchecked, it will make a link to your external movies (so that you can play them from Apple TV) but it will keep them on the media drive.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryTurn off ‘Copy Files…’ to access files on an external drive without copying them across.

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    Broadcast an iTunes Library in Your Home

    If you want to share your iTunes library with your family—and every device is using the latest software—you may want to Use iCloud Family Sharing. But it’s not the only option. iTunes offers two other ways to share digital content among the computers, iOS devices, and Apple TVs on the same local network. Strictly speaking, however, neither of them is sharing in that the people with whom you’ve shared your media can’t edit or delete anything of yours.

    What Apple calls Music Sharing is really broadcasting. Each Mac or PC running iTunes can make its music (and only music) available for streaming to an unlimited number of other devices on the local network, but tracks can’t be copied to the other devices.

    What Apple calls Home Sharing is more like sending—it includes streaming (for video as well as music) but also lets other computers on the same local network copy media (including music, TV shows, movies, podcasts, and apps) from the Mac or PC that’s sharing it. Any number of Apple TVs and iOS devices can stream content using Home Sharing, but a maximum of five Macs or PCs can be authorized to play the content.

    But keep in mind that unlike iCloud Family Sharing, Home Sharing doesn’t include books, a calendar, reminders, or location data—and photo sharing is limited to the Apple TV. It doesn’t let family members use a single account for purchases or include Ask to Buy. In addition, both Music Sharing and Home Sharing work only when devices are present on the local (wired or Wi-Fi) network. On the other hand, they don’t require iCloud, and they work on older devices that can’t run Yosemite or iOS 8 (or later).

    Enable Music Sharing in iTunes

    1. Choose iTunes > Preferences > Sharing.
    2. Select Share My Library on My Local Network . How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library Select this checkbox to make your iTunes music available for streaming on your local network.
    3. By default, your entire library is shared. To share specific playlist(s) instead, select Share Selected Playlists and then select the playlist(s) you want to share.
    4. Optional: To require other users to have a password in order to stream your music, select Require Password and fill in a password.
    5. Click OK.

    Repeat this on each computer you want to be able to stream music over your local network.

    Enable Home Sharing in iTunes

    1. Choose File > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing.
    2. Fill in your Apple ID and password and click Turn On Home Sharing.
    3. Click Done.

    Repeat this on each Mac or PC on your local network you want to use with Home Sharing. To ensure other computers (up to a total of five) can play music you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store, choose Store > Authorize This Computer, fill in your Apple ID and password, and click Authorize.

    Enable Home Sharing on an Apple TV

    On a 4th-generation Apple TV:

    1. Go to Settings > Accounts > Home Sharing > Turn on Home Sharing.
    2. Select Use This Apple ID to use the existing Apple ID you’ve already set up elsewhere on the Apple TV; or, select Use a Different Apple ID to use a different Apple ID for Home Sharing. (Either way, the Apple ID should match the one you set up on your Mac.)
    3. Enter your credentials to sign in.

    View Shared Media on an Apple TV

    Select Computers (followed by the computer name if you have more than one Mac set up for Home Sharing) and then the type of media—My Music, Movies, TV Shows, or Home Videos.

    View Shared Media in iTunes

    For either Music Sharing or Home Sharing:

      From the pop-up menu in the upper left of the iTunes window, select another computer on your network.

    The window changes to show the media on the other computer.

  • Select the music you want to play just as you would normally.
  • For Home Sharing only, you have additional options:

    • Click the icon representing the type of media you want to stream (Music, Movies, or TV shows; or click the More icon for additional media types).
    • To download media to your own computer, right-click (or Control-click) it and choose Import.

    View Shared Media in iOS

    Check Settings > Music and Settings > Videos to make sure you’re signed in with the right Home Sharing account (at the bottom). Then:

    • Music: In the Music app, go to My Music, tap the current category (such as Artists or Albums), tap Home Sharing in the pop-up menu, and then tap the name of the computer that’s sharing the music.
    • Movies and TV shows: In the Videos app, go to Shared >computer name.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    Nearly all iTunes HD movies and TV shows are accompanied by a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound audio track. If you are not pumping this audio through a surround sound speaker system, you are definitely missing out on a great home theater experience!

    While Apple does a great job on providing clear and concise instructions on setting up an Apple TV in general, details regarding setting up an Apple TV with surround speakers are a little more sparse. Follow along to find out how you can enjoy awesome surround sound audio from your Apple TV!

    What’s involved:
    Apple TV
    HD TV
    Surround receiver with 5 speakers + subwoofer (typical)
    Surround Speaker Check app (for iOS and tvOS)

    Step 1: Connect your Apple TV.

    To do this, you have three options. Which one you choose largely depends on your home theater equipment’s capabilities and which model Apple TV you own.

    Option 1: Connect an HDMI cable from the back of the Apple TV to an HDMI input on the surround receiver. (Note that older receivers may not have HDMI ports. If this is the case with your system, you’ll need to run audio via optical cable as described below.)

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryApple TV rear ports

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryApple TV (4th generation) rear HDMI port

    Option 2 (for the cable-cutters!): Connect an HDMI cable from the Apple TV to an HDMI port on the back of your TV unit. Then run a separate optical cable out from the TV’s optical port and in to the receiver’s optical port. Use this method if your receiver lacks HDMI ports, or if you ditched subscription cable and want to also send Dolby Digital 5.1 from over-the-air broadcast signals to your receiver.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryRear panel of typical home theater receiver

    Option 3: Connect an HDMI cable out from the Apple TV and in to the back of the TV. Connect the optical audio out from Apple TV to receiver. You’ll need to use this method if your receiver lacks HDMI ports. UPDATE: The Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K no longer have an optical audio port. If your receiver lacks HDMI, you can still decode surround audio from the Apple TV 4 by following connection option #2.

    Step 2: Select the Apple TV on the home theater receiver.

    Select the HDMI or optical connector used for audio on the back of the receiver from Step 1. i.e. “HDMI 1” or similar. Selecting the Apple TV on the receiver is often achieved by clicking “Inputs” or “Source” on your receiver’s remote control (dependent on manufacturer terminology).

    Step 3: Check the Dolby Digital setting on the Apple TV.

    In the Apple TV main screen, click on the Settings app. Scroll down to Audio & Video and then find the option for Dolby Digital. Make sure it is set to “on” or “auto”. For Apple TV 4 and 4K, look for Surround Sound and select “Best Quality Available.”

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes libraryEnable Dolby Digital

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes librarytvOS Audio Settings Screen

    Step 4: Confirm Dolby Digital setting is enabled on the receiver.

    Important! Although most receivers should automatically detect and decode the Dolby Digital 5.1 signal, it is not always easy to tell if the correct audio setting is selected. Home theater receivers are typically stuffed with a myriad of digital signal processing modes, so you should read through your manual for how to confirm that the receiver is indeed playing back Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. (Again, specifics can vary among manufacturers.)

    If you have any doubts as to whether your surround sound is working properly, you may want to consider downloading the Surround Speaker Check app for iPhone, iPad or the Apple TV. The app was created to provide a quick-and-easy way for users to test whether or not their surround sound system is properly configured for playing back iTunes HD movies and TV shows.

    Surround Speaker Check is available as a free download in the iOS and tvOS App Stores.

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    Here’s how to upload your own music collection to Apple Music to access your full library on iPhones, Macs, and other devices.

    Like all the best music streaming services, Apple Music is packed with tens of millions of songs for you to add to your library. But Apple’s collection isn’t exhaustive. There are countless live albums, bootleg recordings, and independent artists missing from Apple Music. Fortunately, it’s easy to upload these tracks to your Apple Music library yourself.

    If you own music missing from Apple Music or iTunes, you can add it to your music library and wirelessly sync it across all your devices. Apple used to call this service iCloud Music Library. But now you’ll find it under a simple Sync Library option instead.

    Here’s how to use Apple Music to upload and sync your own music collection.

    How to Add Music to Apple Music or iTunes

    Although we’re in an age of streaming, it’s still common to have music files on your computer that you want to add to iTunes or the Apple Music app. You might have ripped these files from a CD, downloaded them online, or produced them yourself.

    Wherever you got your music files from, all you need to do is drag and drop them into the Apple Music or iTunes window to add them to your library. Make sure you drop the songs in the Library section of the sidebar.

    Alternatively, go to File > Import from the menu bar and select your files in the resulting file browser. Your computer copies the files to the correct directory and adds them to your library.

    You probably need to update the metadata to change the song titles, album names, and artist details for music you import. Open the Recently Added page in Apple Music or iTunes, then right-click your imported music and click Get Info to do so.

    After you update the metadata, your imported music should appear alongside existing iTunes purchases and Apple Music songs in your library.

    How to Upload Your Music to Apple Music or iTunes

    Importing music to iTunes or the Apple Music app is the first step, but you still need to upload your music to the cloud so you can access it on your other devices. This is only possible with an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription.

    With an Apple Music subscription, you can stream or download any of the millions of songs available from Apple. It also lets you upload your own music to the cloud so you can stream or download it from your other devices.

    iTunes Match is cheaper than Apple Music. While it lets you upload and sync your personal music collection, it doesn’t let you stream or download other music from Apple. This is the best option if you already own all the music you want to listen to and don’t plan to stream or download any new songs.

    Whether you go for Apple Music or iTunes Match, Apple treats your uploaded music in the same way:

    • It tries to match every song in your library with existing tracks in Apple Music or on the iTunes Store. Any songs that match Apple’s library don’t get uploaded. Instead, Apple lets you download or stream the existing version of that song from Apple Music.
    • Music that doesn’t match existing tracks in iTunes or Apple Music gets uploaded instead. Apple limits each user to 100,000 uploads, each with a 200MB file size limit.

    Although Apple uploads your music to the cloud, it doesn’t back up that music. You should continue to manually back up your computer using Time Machine or similar backup software.

    Upload File Quality

    If Apple can’t match your song to an existing track in iTunes or Apple Music, it uploads that song from your computer in its original quality. In contrast, any music that Apple does match with iTunes or Apple Music gets converted to 256kbps quality.

    In most cases, this will be an upgrade. However, if you have particularly high-quality original files, you may want to stop Apple from matching them and reducing the quality.

    This is unlikely to be the case unless you intentionally keep your music in a lossless audio format such as WAV, AIFF, or FLAC.

    The easiest way to keep Apple from matching songs in your iTunes or Apple Music library is by changing the metadata. Right-click on the tracks you want to keep and click Get Info. Then change the song title or the album name so it won’t match what’s on Apple’s servers.

    For example, you could add [HQ] to the end of an album name. That way you’ll know it’s high-quality audio and it won’t match the album name on Apple Music or iTunes.

    How to Sync Your Apple Music or iTunes Library

    After adding music to Apple Music or iTunes, you need to sync your library to upload that music to the cloud and make it available on other devices. This is as simple as enabling a particular setting, which Apple turns on by default.

    You can sync your music library across a maximum of 10 devices at once.

    Sync Music From Your Computer

    On a Mac, open Apple Music (or iTunes on macOS Mojave and earlier) and press Cmd + Comma to open its Preferences. At the top of the General tab, turn on the option to Sync Library, then click OK to confirm your settings.

    On a Windows PC, open iTunes and go to File > Preferences from the menu bar. At the top of the General preferences, turn on the option to Sync Library, then click OK to confirm your settings.

    Sync Music to Your Smartphone

    You can only add your own music to iTunes or Apple Music from a computer. But after you upload this music, you can sync it to the Apple Music app on your mobile devices.

    When you tell your mobile device to sync your Apple Music library, it deletes all the existing music on your device first. These files should still be available on the computer you originally synced them from. Simply add them to iTunes or Apple Music from that computer to sync them to your library and get them back on your device.

    On an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, open the Settings app and go to Music. Turn on the option to Sync Library.

    On an Android device, the Apple Music app automatically syncs your music library.

    Using the new FaceTime feature on iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey

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    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    The headline feature for Apple’s fall updates (including iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and macOS Monterey) is SharePlay. It’s a new software feature on top of FaceTime that allows you to watch and listen to movies, TV shows, music, podcasts, and more with friends and family while video chatting.

    Right now, the number of SharePlay-compatible apps is a pretty small list: the Apple TV app for movies and TV shows, the Apple Music app for music, and Apple’s Podcasts app for podcasts. The company is promising some bigger third-party partners when iOS 15 launches this fall, including HBO Max, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus, TikTok, and Twitch. Some big names seem to be skipping out for now, though: most notably, Netflix and YouTube.

    For now, if you want to try it, here’s how.

    SharePlay with iOS

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    Starting playback of a TV episode using SharePlay. Image: Apple

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    SharePlay allows you to still use your phone while watching shows together. Image: Apple

    • To use SharePlay on an iPhone or iPad, first, make sure that everyone on the call is using iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.
    • Next, start a FaceTime call — either one-on-one or a group call — with everyone you want to watch or listen with.
    • Once you’ve done that, exit out of the FaceTime call (which will automatically move to a picture-in-picture window) and head over to a SharePlay-compatible app.
    • After that, playing something over SharePlay is as simple as it is when you’re just watching or listening alone: just select whatever content you want, and it’ll play for everyone.
    • Controlling a SharePlay stream just requires that you play, pause, and skip around as you usually would. SharePlay automatically keeps everyone’s streams in sync so that if one person pauses to get a snack, the movie will pause for everyone.

    You have two options for ending a stream: either end it for everyone on the SharePlay call or end it just for you (letting everyone else continue to watch).

    SharePlay with macOS

    Using SharePlay on macOS Monterey works similarly to iOS and iPadOS: you’ll need to start a FaceTime call, launch a compatible app, and play some content that everyone on the call can access.

    When you’re in a SharePlay session, you’ll be able to access controls for the call through a menu bar icon (instead of the pop-over menu that appears on iOS and iPadOS).

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    macOS’s SharePlay menu. Image: Apple

    SharePlay with Apple TV

    Using SharePlay with an Apple TV works a little differently than the other platforms, given that you can’t actually start (or participate) on a FaceTime call through an Apple TV itself. Rather, when you’re FaceTiming on a nearby iPhone, iPad, or Mac with SharePlay, the Apple TV will offer you the option to hand off the media portion of that call to the bigger screen through Control Center.

    • Simply follow the above steps to start a SharePlay FaceTime call.
    • Then press and hold the TV button on your Apple TV remote. From there, you’ll be able to select the new SharePlay icon.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    The iOS interface when watching a show on an Apple TV while using SharePlay. Image: Apple

    It’s important to note that only the music or movie that you’re watching will shift over to the Apple TV. Your FaceTime video will still be playing on the Mac, iPhone, or iPad that you started with.

    Since 2008, I’ve ripped every DVD and Blu-Ray I bought to my Mac, with a collection of SD and HD media totaling around 2 TB today. To make that library accessible, I’ve always used iTunes and the iTunes Shared Library functionality that—while it still exists today—seems to be on life support, in kind of a “we still support it because the code is there” state.

    The writing’s been on the wall for a few years, especially after the split from iTunes to “Music” and “TV” apps, and while I tested out Plex a few years back, I never really considered switching to another home media library system, mostly due to laziness.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    I have a 2010 Mac mini (see above) that’s acted as my de-facto media library/NAS for over a decade. and it’s still running strong, with an upgraded 20 TB of total storage space. But it’s been unsupported by Apple for a few years, and besides, I have a new ASUSTOR Lockerstor 4 with 16 TB of always-online NAS storage!

    So I was looking at my options for a media library—in aggregate, I need it to serve up hundreds of movies, and potentially thousands of TV show episodes. And I’d like to make sure I can easily browse all that content on my iPad and Apple TV, at a minimum.

    My music and audio track needs are met well enough by Apple’s iCloud Music Library—I’m not some super audiophile nut, but I do have at least a few thousand songs that aren’t part of ‘Apple Music’ I’m loathe to lose. Don’t put blind trust in any of Apple’s cloud services, and always maintain your own backups—I learned that lesson especially back in the .Mac and MobileMe days 🙂

    A few readers might wonder why I’d be so ‘dumb’ as to use Apple’s cloud services if I don’t trust their reliability. First, I use them for the convenience and deep integration with Apple hardware—Apple builds integrated software usable by techies and non-techies alike. Second, I keep my own backups of all the data that I store in iCloud—but I’d do the same for any cloud service. No matter what vendor, you should never put 100% of your faith into any of them, especially the so-called free ones!

    Home Media Library Options

    The main options I considered are Plex, Kodi, and Jellyfin.

    I don’t care too much about transcoding or metadata retrieval services, mostly because I’ve always been meticulous using MetaZ (and formerly MetaX) to label every detail about every media item I’ve imported. And I already subscribe to what feels like 50 TV/streaming/media services (whether I want to or its part of a package deal I’m forced into getting), so I don’t care about useless add-on TV channels or media partnerships.

    My main goal is to have something free, easy to run, and as stable as possible—I don’t want to have to switch to something else again in a few years if the ecosystem dries up!

    I was familiar with Plex (if only a little) from running it a few years ago, but I wanted to see if the open source alternatives were up to snuff.

    I had heard a lot about Kodi in my Raspberry Pi work, so I was checking into it, but didn’t see a simple app install for it on the ASUSTOR App Center, so by default I decided to check out Jellyfin.

    Jellyfin seems to be an open source fork of Emby, which started up in 2018 after Emby switched to a paid model. To be honest, I’m sure there are ‘home media server historians’ who could regale you with great stories about how these projects have evolved over the years.

    . but I just want a media server to replace iTunes.

    Setting up Jellyfin

    The first step was getting all my media onto the NAS. I’ve always copied my media into my own folders (not inside iTunes’ Library), so it was just a matter of copying everything into a ‘Media’ shared folder on my NAS.

    Then I installed Jellyfin from ASUSTOR’s App Central, and went to the web UI to check on it. It took about 15 minutes to scan all the Movies and TV Shows I had just moved to the Media folder, and once that was done, I was up and running:

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    I did have to re-identify some of the movies and TV-shows, because it looks like Jellyfin just grabs the title of the file and grabs the first movie or TV database result from that.

    For example, “X-Men 2” is actually titled “X-2: X-Men United”, even though X-Men ‘1’ was just called X-Men, and X-Men 3 was called “X-Men: The Last Stand”. Sheesh. So I had to manually identify them so they’d pull in the correct cover art and metadata.

    Viewing the content with Infuse

    Jellyfin’s web UI is decent, and I didn’t have any real gripes with it. But I wanted a nice, streamlined app for my kids and family to use on the Apple TV, and for me to use if I wanted to pop open a movie on my iPad.

    It seems like Firecore’s Infuse is one of the best (and simplest—which I like!), so I grabbed it from the App Store, connected it to my Jellyfin library, and was off to the races on my Apple TV:

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    One nice side effect of using Jellyfin is that the library seems to come up slightly faster than when I used iTunes Shared Libraries.

    I’m considering purchasing an Apple TV. I understand that I need to include movies in iTunes in order to play them on the device. On my iMac, my movies are linked in iTunes over a shared drive to my NAS — when I play video, does the file stream from my NAS, to my iMac, and then to the Apple TV? Or is the Apple TV intelligent to understand the remotely linked file?

    I’d like to avoid the unnecessary bandwidth on my network.

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    To answer the op’s exact question, “No, ATV is not intelligent enough to stream directly from a NAS”. Others have pointed out some options, like using ATV2+Plex, or PlexConnect (which is VERY difficult to setup).

    Let me thrown my $0.02 in by saying that unless you’re running your iMac over wi-fi, this will work fine. Even with my older 802.11g network, my Mac mini (hooked up to Ethernet and thus hooked up “closely” to the NAS) could pull the files off the NAS and stream them (over wifi) to the ATV. No issues at all. I’m on 802.11n now, and it’s handling 1080p streams no problem (don’t remember if I tried that on the “g” wifi). In fact, with the Mac on Ethernet, it can download new videos from the iTunes Store while serving up content from the NAS to the ATV. It’s really not a lot of bandwidth. You can check in the Activity Monitor. I’m always surprised by how little bandwidth it uses.

    However, if your Mac is on wifi too, I could see that there could be some problems, but a “n” (or “ac”) grade wifi should be able to handle it.

    By: Stephanie Crawford | Updated: Feb 11, 2021

    Apple wants you to stream music and movies all over your home network. And they want you to do it wirelessly. And of course, they want you to use Apple AirPlay to do it.

    AirPlay is a service that Apple devices can use to stream audio and video between electronic devices. This is similar to the way you might connect to a streaming radio or video Web site, like Pandora or YouTube, except that everything is located on your network rather than out on the Internet. Using AirPlay, you can play media from a single AirPlay-compatible source, like an iPad or iPhone, and stream it to multiple AirPlay-compatible devices on the same network, including TVs and stereo systems.

    AirPlay is a leap beyond just connecting stereo speakers to your iPad or iPhone. AirPlay has two active components: a source and a receiver. The source is a device running AirPlay-enabled software, meaning that it can stream media (audio or video) using AirPlay. The receiver is an AirPlay-compatible device that can play that streaming media as well as display track information, such as the song title and artist name. A single source can send its stream to multiple receivers.

    As of this writing, the list of devices that could be AirPlay sources includes the iPad, second generation or later iPod Touch, iPhone 3G and 4, and the second generation Apple TV. These devices must be running Apple iOS 4.2 or later, and any application you want to stream from must have the option to enable AirPlay streaming for that app. You can also enable AirPlay from your computer by running iTunes 10.2 or later.

    Also as of this writing, devices that can be AirPlay receivers are, primarily, the Apple AirPort (a proprietary wireless hub for Apple products) and Apple TV. Some devices that could be sources also have the ability to be receivers. Apple TV is the only receiver that can stream HD video and photos from your device in addition to audio. Later, we’ll look at some third-party manufacturers that have partnered with Apple to produce stereo equipment with AirPlay compatibility.

    As a basic example of how you might use AirPlay, suppose you have an iPhone and you launch iTunes on it to listen to your favorite tracks. Since you’ll be walking around the house a lot during the day, you decide to turn on an AirPlay-enabled stereo in your bedroom and your WiFi-connected Apple TV in your living room. To make sure there’s no break in the music as you move from room to room, you go back to your iPhone and select the stereo and Apple TV as recipients of your iPhone’s music stream. Since they’re all accessible by network connections, and they can all use AirPlay, all you have to do is turn on the receivers, click to start streaming from the source and enjoy your music.

    In this article, we focus on how Apple AirPlay streams music and whether its limitations and competition could potentially outweigh its advantages. First, let’s zoom in on how you can enable and use AirPlay.

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    In the heyday of iTunes, Apple users stored their music, movies, and TV shows on their Macs and shared them with other Macs in their homes, as well as their iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs. Of late, however, streaming has become Apple’s preferred media consumption approach, thanks to the rise of Apple Music and the way the Apple TV app aggregates video streaming services like Netflix.

    Nevertheless, even though iTunes has been replaced by the Music and TV apps on the Mac, it’s still possible to maintain your libraries of music and videos on your Mac. When you do that, sharing that media with your other Apple devices over your local Wi-Fi network continues to work through Home Sharing, but how you manage that technology has changed. To be clear, we’re talking about content stored in the Media folders specified in the Music and TV apps’ preferences—they may still point to an old iTunes Media folder.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    One note first. We’re focusing on network sharing here, not syncing media to an iPhone or iPad. That’s possible too, but is a separate topic—for more details, check out Take Control of macOS Media Apps, by Kirk McElhearn.

    Set Up Home Sharing on Your Mac

    With the demise of iTunes, Apple has moved the Home Sharing controls to the Sharing pane of System Preferences. Follow these steps to enable it:

    1. Open System Preferences > Sharing > Media Sharing.
    2. Give your library a recognizable name.
    3. Select the checkbox for Home Sharing.
    4. Enter your Apple ID credentials. You’ll need to use this same Apple ID for every computer or device on your Home Sharing network. (There is also a guest option that others in your household can use; see below.)
    5. Click Turn On Home Sharing.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    Home Sharing provides three options via checkboxes:

    • Devices update play counts: Select this option if you want each play from one of your devices to update the play count in your Home Sharing library.
    • Share photos with Apple TV: This option lets you share photos from your Photos library—either everything or just selected albums, with an option to include videos. You can also share photos from your Pictures folder, any folder inside it, or any folder at all.
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    • Share media with guests: Normally, you can access media using Home Sharing only from devices signed in with your Apple ID. With this option, however, you can allow guests to access your songs, movies, and TV shows. If you live in an apartment or other situation where people unknown to you can see your Wi-Fi network, it’s a good idea to require a password, and regardless, you can share just selected playlists if you want. Guests access Home Sharing media just like you do.
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    Access Media from a Mac

    The process of accessing media from another Mac using Home Sharing is the same for music and video—the only difference is that you use the Music app for music and the TV app for video. In either, click Library in the sidebar and choose your shared library under Public Sharing. Library changes to the name of your shared library, and all the items underneath display its contents. You’ll interact with them just like any local or streamed media.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    Access Media from an iPhone or iPad

    As on the Mac, the trick on the iPhone or iPad is simply to use the correct app. For instance, to access your videos, open the TV app, tap Library ➊ at the bottom, and tap the name of your Home Sharing library ➋ above. You’ll then need to tap to select the type of content you want to view, and then you’ll see thumbnails for the actual videos. Tap one to play it.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    Access Media and Photos from an Apple TV

    Finding Home Sharing media is a little different on the Apple TV. Open the Computers app, select your library, and then choose from music, photos, or videos at the top. A sidebar at the right lets you drill down into your content.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    You can also have the Apple TV play a randomized slideshow of your photos as its screen saver. Go to Settings > General > Screen Saver > Type > Home Sharing > Photos, and select either Photos to show all available photos or Albums to limit the selection. In the Screen Saver preferences, you can also set a preferred transition.

    How to set up apple tv to play your personal itunes library

    We won’t pretend that Home Sharing is the latest and greatest technology from Apple—it’s definitely yesteryear’s solution—but if you have a lot of music and video on your Mac, it’s a good way to share it throughout your house and get a personalized screen saver on your Apple TV.

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    Social Media: Home Sharing is a classic Apple feature for sharing local music and video across your home network. It works much as it always did, but this article explains how to use it on current Macs, iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs.