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iTunes Home Sharing (it doesn’t just work)

The other day I decided for the first time to turn on iTunes Home Sharing, imagine my surprise to discover I could watch everything in my iTunes library with out syncing it to my iPad (at least when I am at home).  Since I only have a 16GB iPad this saves me a lot of trips to the computer to sync.

Seemed like it should be easy enough, enable home sharing, and sign in to iTunes and the iPad with the same Apple ID.  Of course it wasn’t that easy.

The first problem was when I would start iTunes the iPad would see the shared library for about a minute then it would disappear until iTunes was restarted, when it would show up again for a minute.

I solved this problem by adding two rules to the Windows Firewall (Windows 7 Home Premium)

Allow Incoming on TCP port 3689

Allow Incoming on UDP port 5353

Not really sure I should have had to do this manually, but since I added these rules, the shared library shows up consistently and plays back videos just fine.

Now that I was able to see my shared library, I found a second problem.  The videos was all displaying the wrong names and wrong artwork, so you never knew exactly what video you were selecting.  A quick search revealed that this is apparently a very common problem.  I followed the steps in this thread in the Apple discussion forums, which fixed my movies, but TV shows are still all wrong (both the Show/Season name and the artwork).

I am continuing to search for a fix, any suggestions are welcome.  I am not impressed with iTunes Home Sharing so far, it does not “just work”.


Well known TCP and UDP ports used by Apple Software products

Videos showing wrong thumbnail

Understanding Home Sharing

iTunes You Drive me Crazy

I am not a big iTunes fan, but I use it to sync music to my Second Generation iPod Shuffle.  I really like the shuffle, I don’t deal with playlists, a concept I can’t seem to wrap my head around creating and managing. With the Shuffle I just sync the device put it on shuffle and go.  The shuffle also has great battery life, one charge lasts more then a week of heavy usage, while also letting me listen to music with out draining the battery on my phone (you know I worry about these things).

Today I decided it was time to change out some of the music on the shuffle, and in the process learnt something new.  Here is the view of the shuffle in iTunes, you will notice it is sorted by artist A to Z:

itunes a to z

In the process of looking through for items to remove I changed the sort view a few times to look at different views. When I went back to listening to music, I found that the forward button on the shuffle was moving backwards through the alphabet, and the back button was moving forwards.  This was driving me crazy.  Finally a colleague of mine suggested that I check the sort order in iTunes.  So I opened iTunes back up and sure enough it looked like this, sorted Z to A:

itunes z to a

Once I changed the sort order back to A to Z and synced again it was all back to normal forward was forward and back was back.

I never would have thought that the current view in iTunes would sync to the iPod but sure enough it does.  I have had this shuffle for a while and never run in to this before, live and learn.