Mastering iTunes: Use A Password To Protect Shared Music and Movies [OS X Tips]

Password iTunes Sharing

If you share your songs and movies via iTunes on your home network, you might not want just any old people to access your shared media or playlists, even if you let them onto your Wi-Fi. While iTunes lets you share all the types of media it can serve up, maybe your kids or office mates don’t need to listen to those hardcore rap tunes.

It’s fairly easy to protect your shared items with a password, using the iTunes Preferences. Here’s how to do just that.

Launch iTunes, and then open Preferences from the iTunes menu, or hit Command-Comma on your keyboard. Click on the Sharing tab at the top, and (as long as Sharing is enabled, of course) click on either the “Share entire library” radio button, or the “Share selected playlists” button. If you choose the latter, click on the checkboxes next to the specific media or playlists you’d like to share. That way you can just share music, or movies, or iTunes TV shows, if you like.

Once that’s taken care of, click on the “Require password” checkbox, and type in a password that you’ll remember, and you’ll be able to share with the folks you’d like to give access to. Or keep it to yourself for private iTunes sharing, you selfish meanie. Don’t use your Mac’s admin password or any other secure password that you don’t want to share. When finished, click on OK.

That’s all there is to it. Anyone who is on the same network as you will be able to share the library or playlists you’ve enabled, but only if they have the password you set up.

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