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Using iTunes Home Sharing to Share Music to iPad

One of the marquee features of iOS 4.3 is an extension of iTunes’ Home Sharing feature. If you have a huge music collection, you don’t have to load all of it onto your iPad to have access to it. You can now use Home Sharing to share music to the iPad, iPhone or other computers in your household that run iTunes.

The iPad must be hooked into your Wi-Fi network and must share the same iTunes account, but once everything is set up, you can easily stream music and steam movies to the iPad. This means you don’t need to take up all of your storage space with your music library, saving you more room for apps.

Here’s how to use iTunes Home Sharing to share music to the iPad:

  1. Turn on iTunes Home Sharing by launching iTunes, going to the Advanced tab and choosing “Turn On Home Sharing”, and enter your Apple ID credentials.
  2. Turn on iPad Home Sharing by going into the settings and choosing iPod settings. Again, you’ll need your iTunes account information.
  3. Once set up, you’ll be able to access your music in the iPod application. Simply choose Library.

In either case, you’ll see your different libraries (Music, Podcasts, Audiobooks, and so on), as well as the playlists available. 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 to view its contents, then tap what you want to listen to.

Remember, you’ll need to have iTunes running on your computer to gain access to your music library.

Share Music Between the iPad and iPhone

You can also share music across iOS devices like the iPad and iPhone using Bluetooth. There are several applications in the app store that provide the ability to stream music across Bluetooth. Eavesdrop is available for $1.99 in the app store, and PairShare has a free demo and unlocks the full features for $2.99.

But sharing music over Bluetooth may be a little disappointing, so you should check out PairShare’s free demo before making a decision to actually purchase either of those apps.