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Use home sharing with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touchUntil now, home sharing could only be done between PCs..but with the iOS 4.3 update, you can stream your entire iTunes library from your computer to your iPad, iPhone, or iPad. This can save you a lot of storage, and it's actually pretty easy.
-Until now, Home Sharing could only be done between PCs. But with the iOS 4.3 update, you can stream your entire iTunes library from your computer to your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. This can save you a lot of storage and it's actually pretty easy. I'm Sharon Vaknin for CNET.com and I'm here to show you how to use Home Sharing on your iOS device. Now, don't confuse this with the Remote app. That just lets you control music being played on another computer. With Home Sharing, music, movies, and podcasts can be played directly from iOS device. First, you'll need to setup Home Sharin in iTunes. You'll need iTunes 10.2 or later and make sure your computer and all devices are on the same network. Go to the "Advanced" menu and select "Turn On Home Sharing". You'll need to enter your Apple ID and password. Now, head to your iOS device and go to "Settings", then "iPod". Enter the ID of the library you wanna access. This means that if you're at someone else's house, you'll need to enter their ID. It might get tricky though. iTunes only allows 5 devices for Home Sharing account. So, if that account has reached its limit, you have to de-authorize one of the computers. Go to "Store" and then "De-authorize this computer". Now that you've got your account setup, you can access the shared library. On an iPhone, open the iPod app and hit "More". Tap "Shared" and select the computer you want to access. That's it. On an iPod Touch, you can listen to the shared files by opening the Music app, tapping "More", and then "Shared". Click the library you wanna access. If you wanna watch shared videos, open the Videos app and do the same thing. If you have an iPad, open then iPod app and tap "Library" in the sidebar. A popup window will let you choose which library you want to open. Home Sharing is great if you wanna save a lot of space on your computer or take a peek at your friend's libraries. Just remember that you can only access those libraries if you're in the same Wi-Fi network. If you go out of range, the library won't be available anymore. For CNET.com, I'm Sharon Vaknin and I'll see you on the intrawebs.