Over time, it is not uncommon for you to accumulate an extensive music library on your Mac. And if you want other members of your family to enjoy it, you are alleged to know that it is a fairly simple process on Apple devices. If you decided to share Apple Music and your tracks, you can do it through the function Share at home Apple or giving access to your playlists. Do you want to know how to do it? We will tell you below.
Speaking of the Apple Music application, in MacOS Catalina the company divided iTunes into three different applications: Music, TV and Podcasts. If you're looking to share an iTunes library, you'll notice that it's no longer possible on your Mac. However, iTunes is still alive for Windows. If you want to know how to share a music library on iTunes, we also have a guide for you on that topic.
Configure Share at Home
Apple devices have a function called Share at home which is designed for – as the name implies – share, stream and import several multimedia files from up to five devices whether Mac, PC, iOS or Apple TV devices that are connected to your Wi-Fi network.
Step 1: Make sure that any device you want to share with has signed in with the same Apple ID and has been authorized to play items purchased in that Apple ID.
Step 2: on your Mac, open System preferences, by clicking on the Apple icon and then click System preferences.
Step 3: click on Share and then in Multimedia sharing in the left sidebar.
Step 4: check the checkbox next to Share at home, then enter the username and password of your Apple ID and click Enable Share at home. Now you see a dialog box that tells you that it has been activated Share at home.
Use Share at home on a Mac
Now that has been enabled Share at home, want to start sharing your Apple Music content.
Step 1: make sure that the device with which you want to share an Apple Music library is turned on, that it is not in sleep mode and that Apple Music is running.
Step 2: Open the music application and log in with your Apple ID (if you haven't already done so).
Step 3: click on the down arrow next to library in the left sidebar.
Step 4: See a list of libraries that have been shared with you. Click on the one you want to access and the version loaded on Apple Music. Any playlist that has been created in the shared library will also be displayed in the left sidebar.
Use Share at home on iOS
You can also access Share at home from your iOS or iPadOS device. Then we explain how.
Step 1: Open the Settings app in iOS and scroll down to Music. Select it
Step 2: At the bottom of the window, under Share at home, touch Sign in if you have not yet logged in with your Apple ID. If you are logged in, check the email address of your Apple ID on your screen.
Step 3: Open the Music app, then tap Library in the lower toolbar and then Share at home.
Step 4: Choose a library and wait for the Music app to download to your device. Once this is done, you can play the shared content.
Share your multimedia files with guests
What if you want to share your music library with another person who has a different Apple ID? Don't be afraid, since doing so is just as easy.
Step 1: opens System preferences on your Mac, click on Share and then click Multimedia sharing in the left sidebar.
Step 2: at the bottom of the window, check the checkbox next to Multimedia sharing with guests
Step 3: Click on Options … on the right side.
Step 4: to request a password when people try to access your media library, check the checkbox next to Request password and then enter the combination you want in the adjacent box.
Step 5: You can choose to share all multimedia elements or only those selected. For this last option, click on Selected Playlists and then choose exactly the types of multimedia content you want to share.
Share an Apple Music playlist
If you prefer to share a single Apple Music playlist instead of your entire library, it is also an easy task.
However, keep in mind that both you and the person with whom you want to share the playlist must have an active subscription to Apple Music.
Step 1: on iOS or iPadOS, search for the playlist you want to share, touch the three dot icon below your name and then touch Share. You will get several options to share, including AirDrop, Messages, Mail, Facebook and more.
Step 2: On a Mac, find the playlist, then touch the three dots icon as in step 1. From here, click Share playlist.