Help me share!
February 15, 2007 9:10 PM   Subscribe

Since I've downloaded the newest version of iTunes, none of my friends can access my music through OurTunes. Can the hive mind help me fix this?

Yes, I have sharing on, and everything is just as it was in the previous version - the only change is the new version. Is there anything I can do?
posted by wandering steve to Technology (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Other than going back to an older version, there's nothing you can do for now.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:17 PM on February 15, 2007

I've never used OurTunes, but I share my home iTunes collection with my laptop at work using Hamachi. Both laptop and home iMac are running iTunes 7.
posted by ldenneau at 9:23 PM on February 15, 2007

Yah, 'tis broked, all on-purpose-like.
posted by Aquaman at 10:22 PM on February 15, 2007

The best thing you can do is probably to donate a couple of bucks to the guys who are working on the upgrade.

Otherwise, you can downgrade back to iTunes 6 for the time being (for Windows too).
posted by bubukaba at 1:02 AM on February 16, 2007

OurTunes doesn't work in iTunes 7. Downgrade to 6 as bubukaba suggests.
posted by sneakin at 3:42 AM on February 16, 2007

You could also use Tangerine to share your music instead of iTunes. It uses the same protocal that iTunes does, so it'll show up and should be usable with iTunes Music Sharing and with ourTunes.
posted by SemiSophos at 6:35 AM on February 16, 2007

The newest version of iTunes adds an authentication string to the DAAP protocol, which effectively prevents a recent-version-iTunes server from sharing to anything except other recent-version-iTunes clients. It's like this on purpose, to try and eliminate things like OurTunes. (Of course, it also blocks legitimate clients, like Linux machines, etc., but those are just collateral damage.)

You have a few options: if you really want to share music, you could just turn on File Sharing, and export your music library as a SAMBA/CIFS share. Then people could just log on and copy stuff. Pretty quick, easy, and no less illegal than what you're already doing. That would be the easiest method, I think. Pretty much all major OSes can read CIFS shares, if you do it right.

The other option is to turn off iTunes' sharing, and instead share it with some other server application that utilizes the DAAP protocol. Tangerine (Windows) or MT-DAAPD (Linux, possibly OS X?) do this, and will let any version of iTunes connect. If you want to set up a "music server," it's pretty simple to do, especially if you have an old computer around. I moved my music off of my main desktop and onto a dedicated machine for the house, and have never been happier. Particularly since they keep hobbling the sharing features of iTunes, it's really not the best thing to try and use as a server.
posted by Kadin2048 at 10:38 AM on February 16, 2007

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