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Question: Why do I have to PAY to share my music via family sharing???

I've been trying to set up Family Sharing. I am the Family Organizer; I'm trying to set up sharing between my husband and my son. I can set up Purchase Sharing and Location Sharing, but when I try to turn on Apple Music, I get sent to iTunes where it tells me I have to purchase a $14.99/month plan. Why do I have to pay a monthly fee, to share music I've already paid for once?

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Mar 16, 2018 5:27 PM in response to combatTVgirl In response to combatTVgirl

Apple Music is a separate and unique paid service from sharing your iTunes purchased music.


If you wish to simply share your purchased iTunes music, you do not need Apple Music.


See >>> Share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases with Family Sharing - Apple Support

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Mar 17, 2018 9:31 AM in response to LACAllen In response to LACAllen

iTunes would NOT allow me to share my purchased music until I purchased a Family plan. Even with tech support on the line. Family members could see my apps but not my music or movies; not until I paid for a plan. If there’s some otheir way of doing it for free please tell me, because tech support did not know of one.

Mar 17, 2018 9:31 AM

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Mar 17, 2018 10:02 AM in response to combatTVgirl In response to combatTVgirl

It works the same way as it does for Apps. Exactly the same.


Not sure what tech support you are talking to. But Apple Music is absolutely not required.


Once Family sharing is set up, you can:

On your iPhone or iPod touch

  1. If you're not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
  2. Open the store app that you want to download content from, then go to the Purchased page:
    • iTunes Store: On your iPhone or iPod touch, tap More > Purchased.
    • iBooks: Tap Purchased.
    • App Store: Tap Updates > Purchased.
  3. Tap the family member's name to see their content. Learn what to do if you don’t see any content or can't tap your family member.
  4. To download an item, tap User uploaded file next to it.


The music will not appear directly in the Music App, or the Tv app, but will be shareable,and can be accessed as explained above.


There is again no requirement to pay for an Apple Music Plan whatsoever.

Mar 17, 2018 10:02 AM

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Mar 19, 2018 6:12 PM in response to Phil0124 In response to Phil0124

I have no idea what glitch there was before; my family could see purchased APPS, but not purchased MEDIA. I had to completely delete Family Sharing and start over again from the very beginning. For now, it looks like it works. The Apple Music subscription runs out on April 16th; if my husband & son can no longer see music I purchased then, we'll know there's still a problem.

Mar 19, 2018 6:12 PM

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Mar 20, 2018 8:54 AM in response to combatTVgirl In response to combatTVgirl

Note, that Family Sharing will only share music you bought from iTunes.


If you had music that was ripped from CDs or added from a different source to iTunes Family, Sharing will not share that, and you would need either Apple Music to upload or match them, and then share them.


But that is entirely outside of the Family Sharing music feature.

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