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Reuben Feffer Calculating status...
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Sep 10, 2009 4:47 AM
I have two Macs here, both with iTunes 9 and Snow Leopard. They both have Home Sharing turned on, yet the Home Sharing menu item isn't showing up in the sidebar on the left.

What am I doing wrong? Why do neither of us have Home Sharing (little house) icons?
iMac 17" 2GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive (Xbench 134.26), Mac OS X (10.6), 16GB iPhone 3GS, 40GB Apple TV
  • kncowans Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 5:05 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)
    Hello

    I had the same problem until I realised that the 'Done' button in the Home Sharing window does not mean you are 'Done' with the setup but means 'Done' with Home Sharing.

    When you setup Home Sharing do not click on 'Done' but instead click on the House icon to the left.

    Mine worked perfectly once I realised this.

    Hope this helps.

    Kevin
    Dell XPS, Windows XP Pro
  • UMRebel Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2009 5:07 AM (in response to kncowans)
    Make sure you enter the same ID and password on each computer when you fill in the Home Sharing info.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6), 2.8 GHZ C2D 15"
  • Mark82981 Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2009 5:10 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)
    You may also want to check your iTunes Library names (Preferences/General in iTunes) to make sure that your libraries have different names.

    I had the same problem, until I made this change.
    iMac, MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • UMRebel Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 10, 2009 9:35 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)
    No idea but try this. On the mac that shows all the apps, sync your iPhone to make sure they're all copied into iTunes. Then restart iTunes on the other computer to see if they show up.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6), 2.8 GHZ C2D 15"
  • burdell1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Apr 12, 2010 6:46 PM (in response to Reuben Feffer)
    i am having the same problem, but none of those fixes seem to work for me...
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • morsmordre Calculating status...
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    Nov 23, 2010 7:44 PM (in response to Reuben Feffer)
    I have two PCs both with windows vista. My main library is on my desktop and my secondary library is on my laptop. Home sharing isn't showing up on either of my computers. Home sharing is turned on on both computers, I'm using the same account, I made sure Look for shared libraries and Share my library on my local network were checked on both computers, I made sure that both libraries had different names, both computers are authorized and both computers have the latest version of itunes (10.1).

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    PC, Windows Vista
  • jsl2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 21, 2010 5:23 AM (in response to Reuben Feffer)
    I've done everything above and then some. iTunes set up properly, computers authorized poperly, network working perfectly, Home Sharing works on other devices (like Apple TV), latest version of iTunes. I've shut down, authorized, deauthorized, turned on and off home sharing, and everything else. No matter what I do, the shared iTunes libary does not show up on one of my laptops (both are windows 7). Apple support is zilch. No success with anythin on the web.
  • Gnadenthal Calculating status...
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    Jan 5, 2011 8:05 PM (in response to jsl2)
    I have an iMac, MacBook, and PC. Home Sharing works between the iMac and Macbook. It does not show up on the PC. All computers are on the same LAN and all settings have been double-checked as per all recommendations in this thread. I'm thinking this must be some kind of bug with the latest release of iTunes because it was working with earlier versions.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Gnadenthal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 5, 2011 8:22 PM (in response to Gnadenthal)
    In followup...I have the PC firewall completely disabled. I can see the PC iTunes library on both of the Macs (and can play music from the PC library on the Macs). However, I cannot see any of the Mac libraries on the PC. There is no SHARED section showing up on the PC iTunes. All iTunes are at the latest 10.1.1 version. This is very odd. I even tried to "Share my library..." from the Preferences on one of the Macs, but that didn't help at all. Wish I could get this working.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • tomerhs Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2011 3:11 PM (in response to Gnadenthal)
    Hey - I am getting the same issue here -

    got 2 macs showing ok on apple tv, but win machine is not.
    been through everything with support - disabled fw, uninstall reinstall of latest itunes - turn on homeshare using the same account on all machines - still homeshare is not showing on the vista machine. its very disappointing.

    has anybody been there and managed to solve this?
    appleTV gen2, Windows Vista
  • MadLila Calculating status...
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    Jan 16, 2011 1:11 AM (in response to tomerhs)
    Same problem developed after switching to new airport extreme. Once you turn on home sharing in itunes, don't click "done." Then look at your wireless settings using airport utility - select manual setup, check button which says "allow guest network clients to communicate with each other"
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