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Use iTunes in Windows 7 as a streaming server

In this post I’ll go through how to use iTunes in Windows 7 as a streaming server so you can listen to your music all across your LAN. Then I’ll go through how to use another program to share your iTunes library across the Internet. Finally I’ll give you some server tips and tricks.

Introduction

In this article I will show you how to music on iTunes from other media. It is rumored that a new “Live” streamer from Apple will be released next month, but now we must use other means of streaming. The method which I am on the first show includes a feature called iTunes built in “Home Sharing”.

This feature only works if you have another computer running a version of Windows that supports iTunes and installed iTunes. I’m going through an alternative option you use when you want to stream to the Internet can go later in this article.

iTunes – Home Sharing

Home sharing is a feature that recently with iTunes which allows you to music to share between computers introduced. Can a computer on the ground floor have played music from the media server, in the basement. Need an iTunes account for this, but once you have signed up should you able to other computers both see.

However, you can see only the other, if it is on the same network and logged in the same iTunes account. The biggest limitation of this method is that you share only on the LAN. This limits the portability of your music. With Internet streamed in to help you resolve this issue. It is a good tip for those who try, music share context but via their home!

Internet Streaming

Internet streaming can be very difficult due to the fact that Apple have removed DAAP sharing in version 10. However, there are rumors that Apple will release a Live streamer very shortly which could allow you to stream across the Internet.

Until then though, Pulptunes works very well at sharing your iTunes library online. This trick sets up a web server which you can then connect to from anywhere and play your music. This also means that you can connect to it from a Linux or another unsupported operating system, and listen to your iTunes library. The main advantage with using this method is that you can connect to your iTunes library anywhere, so you have music on the go!

There are a whole host of other ways to share your iTunes library online which I couldn’t possibly go through in the scope of this article. If you do not like Pulptunes or it does not work as expected, you can use another one by searching Google.

Conclusion

Hopefully you should now have a working streaming server for iTunes. This should help you either play through your home network (if you use the officially supported method) or the rest of the world (if you use an addon such as Pulptunes).

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