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2011 MacBook Pros Experiencing Issues With Home Sharing in iTunes


One of the major new features included in Apple's iOS 4.3 released last week was a new Home Sharing feature allowing users to stream music, movies, and TV shows from Macs and PCs to iOS devices. The feature is an extension of the Home Sharing feature that allowed for streaming between computers and from computers to the Apple TV.

But as noted by AppleInsider, a growing thread in Apple's support discussions reveals that a number of owners of Apple's new MacBook Pros are experiencing problems with Home Sharing compatibility. A similar thread in our own forums also covers the issue, with thirteen poll respondents in that thread reporting experiencing the issue.

Just wanted to pass along my experience with a new 17 inch MacBook Pro quad-core. They don't seem to play very well with Home Sharing. Picked mine up at the Apple store on Friday. Set up Saturday, and at first all seemed well. Was able to stream to my Apple TV 2nd gen just fine. Then, later in the day, although the Apple TV could see the name of my iTunes library, it wouldn't connect to it, or sometimes, would report that "There are no movies in this library". I tried every solution I could think of, but no dice.

Some have suggested that the iTunes 10.2.1 update released last week might address the issue, but that does not appear to be the case.

Last week it was noted that the new MacBook Pros appeared to be having difficulties interfacing with Apple 24-inch LED Cinema Display, with the pairing resulting in flickering and flashing on the external display.