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Streaming Music and Video from Your Mac to iPad

The new Home Sharing feature is very nice to have on iOS devices. You can now leave all your content on your computer and access it from iPad and other device on your network. This doesn’t mean that you can take it all with you when you leave your home, but at least you can stream music or video from your Mac to iPad when you’re within reach of your wireless network. Here’s how it works.

iTunes Setup

To start with, you need to activate Home Sharing in iTunes on each of the Macs (and Windows PCs) whose libraries you want to share.

To enable home sharing in iTunes;

  1. Open iTunes on your computer.
  2. Go to Advanced, then select “Turn On Home Sharing”.
  3. Enter your Apple ID and password.

Once you’ve activated Home Sharing on your different copies of iTunes, each copy of iTunes displays the other computers’ iTunes libraries, and any user can listen to or view content in another user’s library.

iOS  Setup

After home sharing is turned on in iTunes, you will need to activate it on your iOS device.

To enable home sharing on the iPad;

  1. Go to the Settings App.
  2. Select iPod.
  3. Enter the same Apple ID and password you used to enable home sharing on your computers.

The next step depends on the type of content you want to stream to your iPad device.

Stream Music

To stream music on an iPad, go to the main screen of the iPod app, tap on Library in the sidebar, and then choose a library from the pop-up menu. You’ll see your different libraries (Music, Podcasts, Audiobooks, and so on), as well as available playlists. After you’ve selected a library or playlist, you can tap Songs, Artists, Albums, Genres, or Composers to sort by those criteria, to help you narrow down your selection. Tap one of these categories to view its contents, and then tap the item you want to listen to.

Stream Video

To stream video from an iTunes library to iPad, you’ll see the available libraries; Tap one library to view its contents, and then tap an icon to view either a movie or the available episodes of a TV show. You can watch any videos on an iPad just as if they were on the device, so long as your network can handle it.


Right now, the time it takes to load a large library limits the usefulness of this feature for people with large media collections, but hopefully Apple will tweak the process to speed things upn, you can also use the 3rd-party iPad transfer tools to transfter music and video from your Mac to iPad easily.