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Reuben Feffer Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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)

    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.

  • UMRebel Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Make sure you enter the same ID and password on each computer when you fill in the Home Sharing info.
  • Mark82981 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    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.
  • Reuben Feffer Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    Ok thanks, it was that we were using different Apple IDs and passwords. You have to use the same one on both machines.

    So now it works. Only problem is, the other Mac can't see all of my iPhone apps. It can only see 1 out of the 60-odd that I own. Any idea why that's happening?
  • UMRebel Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    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.
  • Reuben Feffer Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    I tried all of that. Didn't make a different.

    Mac B is only showing the Applications and Ringtones added to Mac A since Mac was upgrade to iTunes 9. So it's not randomly not showing cretins apps. For some reason it's only showing the new ones; the ones that have been added or upgraded within the past 24 hours, since iTunes 9 came out.
  • Reuben Feffer Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
    Just installed iTunes 9.0.1 on both Macs.

    Mac B is still only showing 20 out of the 70 Applications on Mac A, which are the all ones that have had updates or been bought since iTunes 9 came out.

    This is really frustrating. How do I fix it?
  • burdell1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    i am having the same problem, but none of those fixes seem to work for me...
  • morsmordre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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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  • jsl2 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    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 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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.
  • Gnadenthal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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.
  • tomerhs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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?
  • MadLila Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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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