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  • Max Stanley Level 1 (10 points)
    why cant we just use the ATV to authorize accounts to stream through that instead of authorizing all computers....just have an ATV authorization method that can play the content from multiple authorized libraries that may or not be the same account and not shared through out the computers just ported through the ATV?

    that might make a difference? maybe not?
  • Mr Lizard Level 2 (255 points)
    Actually, we'd like to authorise individual computers.

    That's how it worked with the old Apple TV, and we'd prefer that functionality back.
  • KeithJenner Level 4 (1,020 points)
    Does the 5 computer limit apply to homesharing?

    You are not authorising for iTunes content to be played, just to setup homesharing.
  • Mr Lizard Level 2 (255 points)
    Yes, Home Sharing limits 5 computers to playback content purchased with a single account.

    My response to Max was with reference to authorising individual computers to stream to Apple TV via the old 'PIN code' method, as opposed to using Home Sharing.

    Unfortunately, with Apple's new method of streaming to Apple TV, you can no longer stream content from other, non-home shared computers (e.g., a flat-mate or partner who has a different iTunes account, even though their content appears in iTunes)
  • KeithJenner Level 4 (1,020 points)
    I wasn't asking whether it limits playing of purchased content.

    If you want to play purchased content you have to AUTHORISE iTunes for that account. That is limited to 5 computers.

    Homesharing is a different procedure. I am asking whether the 5 computer limit applies to that (i.e. can you have 6 or more computers sharing content with the Apple TV).

    It's not a situation that many will come across, but on the previous page someone seems to be indicating that the 5 computer limit applies to Homeshare, and I'm wondering whether that is correct.

    Has anyone tried it?

    By the way, my first post wasn't directed specifically at you. I just hit reply. It was a general response to the thread and I couldn't be bothered to go back to page 1 to reply to the OP.

    Message was edited by: KeithJenner
  • Mr Lizard Level 2 (255 points)
    Yes, Home Sharing is limited to 5 computers.

    If you try to turn on Home Sharing on a sixth computer, you are told you must first turn off Home Sharing on another.
  • KeithJenner Level 4 (1,020 points)
    That does seem like an odd restriction, but one that will only effect a small minority of users, so I suspect they won't rush to review it.
  • Mr Lizard Level 2 (255 points)
    The reason for the restriction is because Home Sharing is primarily designed to share purchased content between your computers.

    Purchased content is automatically sync'd (whereas content you add from other sources, such as CDs, must be manually copied)

    As Purchased Content is limited to 5 computers, Home Sharing follows the same rule.
  • Max Stanley Level 1 (10 points)
    So essentially like the made by Apple that you use with your iphones/ipod touch/ipads to control your content on your Mac's iTunes library?
    -youre not necessarily authorizing a computer or account just access for that device to your library of purchased or manually added music from cds, etc?

    That would make it easier, i guess thats what I was trying to get at but not at good verbiage.

    Message was edited by: Max Stanley
  • Mr Lizard Level 2 (255 points)
    Spot on.

    As the Apple TV is a streaming-only device, it's unfortunate that it's now limited to streaming from computers of just one iTunes account, a step backward compared to the previous Apple TV.
  • marzer Level 1 (75 points)
    So I've read and re-read this thread and just don't understand the issue. Here's my experience...

    I have an itunes library that's used to share content from two acounts between several computers and ATV's (1st and 2d gen). When my daughter visits with her laptop, which is not authorized or shared to the house library in any way, she connects to the home network. From there she can select any apple tv from her laptop itunes (i.e. Airplay) to stream content. No itunes cross-authorizing required.

    Of course, the atv1 won't airplay video but it will audio.

    Maybe There's something more folks are trying to do that's not clearly explained in the thread but airplay appears to work with any itunes library on the same network regardless of itunes authorization.
  • Max Stanley Level 1 (10 points)
    You do know we are discussing AppleTV 2? not the first generation ones with built in harddrives?

    In order to showcase your entire library on the AppleTV2 you had to have enabled Home Sharing function to view your library to stream and distribute content.

    I have since returned my AppleTV2 a few months ago so I cant recall exactly off the top of my head the exact wordage, but the general idea is it requires a Home Sharing account to enable access to your library of music.
  • marzer Level 1 (75 points)
    You do know that I said I have both Apple TV 1 and 2?

    And I can stream to EITHER regardless of account authorization on the source machine. But yes, Homesharing does enable the explicit library listing in the Apple TV menu. Again, my daughter has her own itunes account on her laptop and is NOT authorized on my account. Yet, when she connects to my home network she can stream HER library content to the Apple TV 2. No cross-pollenation of iTunes accounts needed.

    Homesharing is not necessary for sending content to an Apple TV 2 if the source machine is present on the same network. All it takes is to simply toggle the appropriate Apple TV (or AE) as the Airplay output from iTunes program. Again, WITHOUT using Homesharing.
  • newagemac Level 2 (240 points)
    You're talking about Airplay but this thread was about Home Sharing. Yes, you can Airplay anything in iTunes without cross authorizing. But that's not what this thread was about. This thread was about have the iTunes libraries showing up on the Apple TV with Home Sharing so you can access the content from the ATV using it's menu system and the aluminum remote rather than the method you are describing where you select what to play on your computer and push it to the ATV with Airplay.
  • marzer Level 1 (75 points)
    Nope. I disagree. To quote frustrations or misunderstandings from this thread:

    "I have several at home but frankly might not want to use a Home Sharing activation on some of these especially if they were for serving non-protected content of my own."

    "in my house, our iTunes account is our MobileMe account, so authorizing more than one computer under the same iTunes account potentially exposes the password for mail, address book, calendar"

    "The fact that this thread exists shows that this whole home sharing thing is more complex than it needs to be."

    "If the Appletv even allowed multiple home sharing accounts to log in and stream from"

    "How come i cant have my computer/itunes library/home sharing account and my mates computer/iTunes library(account)/home sharing show up together on the appletv home sharing without having to use the same iTunes account?"

    "Exactly, why would i want to authorize my account on another computer I don't use just to stream content?"

    " iTunes account is my Apple ID, which is my MobileMe information. Home Sharing asks me to authenticate to my iTunes account. When I enter that username and password into someone else's machine, that information is saved somewhere"

    "My wife and I have our own music collections on different profiles. We want to easily play our media on the ATV2. From what I have read and experienced with home sharing what we want cannot be done?"

    "Unfortunately, with Apple's new method of streaming to Apple TV, you can no longer stream content from other, non-home shared computers (e.g., a flat-mate or partner who has a different iTunes account, even though their content appears in iTunes) "

    "As the Apple TV is a streaming-only device, it's unfortunate that it's now limited to streaming from computers of just one iTunes account"

    Just because you don't like or understand the feature doesn't mean its not a viable solution. Saying it can't stream from "other" accounts just isn't so.