iOS 8.4 Removes Home Sharing for Music

homesharingJust a day after the release of iOS 8.4, which includes Apple's brand new music service Apple Music, many users on both the MacRumors forums and Apple Support communities are finding that the update removes Home Sharing for music on iOS devices. This breaks the ability for users to share their iTunes Library over Wi-Fi from their mobile devices.

Apple yesterday updated a Home Sharing support document to note that Home Sharing on iOS devices is only limited to video. Thus far, Home Sharing for music still appears to be available for both Mac and Apple TV. Additionally, while the Music page in iOS' Settings once listed a Home Sharing option prior to iOS 8.4, the option is no longer there in the new Apple Music settings page in iOS 8.4.

As pointed out by AppleInsider, the release notes for iOS 8.4 beta 4 mentioned that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were "not currently available", offering the possibility that the feature could return in future versions of iOS.

While the possibility of Home Sharing for music returning on iOS devices is there, it's unclear whether Apple would return the option for non-subscribers of Apple Music. The music service includes the ability to sign up for a $14.99-a-month family plan, which allows access for up to 6 people.

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gixxerfool Avatar
117 months ago
That's a dick move Apple. Not everyone wants to stream with your service, some of us like to stream the media locally.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citi Avatar
117 months ago
What does Apple music have to do with the fact that I OWN all the music that is in my computer so I should be able to share it with anyone in my HOME? It's not like I can share outside of my network. Stupid.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
APlotdevice Avatar
117 months ago
If this is a ploy to encourage people to subscribe, then **** *** Apple!
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
117 months ago
Don't worry; they've more than accounted for the absence with extra clutter!
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stiligFox Avatar
117 months ago
Wat.

Well, that kind of sucks.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tentales Avatar
117 months ago
Slow down everybody...

Home sharing is still in iTunes just as it was. Home sharing was removed only from iOS, which frankly I wasn't even aware was an option.
Just because you're not aware of it doesn't mean a lot of us with 16GB iPhones shouldn't care. We now can't stream our own 100+GB Music library in our own homes. Apple is forcing us to buy larger cap iPhone/iPads to keep more Music available at a moments notice or pay for subscriptions (Match, AppleMusic) , whereas before I could stream my entire library for free from my office into my bedroom or downstairs workshop. Thanks Apple! and goodbye.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)