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iOS 8.4 Quietly Disables Home Sharing for Music

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With one hand Apple giveth, and with the other, it rips a long-standing feature away with no warning.


As part of the iOS 8.4 update that brought Apple Music, Home Sharing has been disabled for iOS devices. Home Sharing would let you stream your local iTunes library from your computer to your iDevice on the same network. It was a great way to press an old iPad into service by hooking it up to your speakers, and had been an iOS feature since v4.3.

Apple quietly updated its Home Sharing support page to reflect the change — which, by the way, doesn’t affect Apple TVs. If you’re willing to pony up a little cash, an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription will probably fill the Home Sharing-shaped hole in your soul, albeit for $15 a month.


[Apple Insider]

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I would never have noticed that it was gone if I didn’t see all these trendy technology blogs posting about this. I have iTunes Match and all my music is on all my devices with or without Home Sharing. If I want to play music on my TV I can AirPlay or just play directly from my ATV2. No big deal. In fact, it all works stupid easy. So what exactly is the problem?

But let’s be honest here,... The industry is slowly moving towards an all cloud model where eventually none of us will store anything and we all rent ALL of our content. That’s not just Apple. That is all of them. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, etc. etc. They all want you to pay per month to enjoy your music and video.