Jun 10, '03 09:49:00AM • Contributed by: lugal
Under iTunes 4.0, a lot of people started using music sharing to access the music on their home computers from work. Sadly, iTunes 4.0.1 removed this feature due to piracy concerns. Fortunately, you can re-enable iTunes sharing across subnets with the freeware Rendezvous Beacon.
After downloading and launching Rendezvous Beacon, create a new Beacon with the following values:
- Beacon Enabled: (checked)
- Service Name: (descriptive name)
- Service Type: _daap._tcp.
- Port Number: 3689
- Text Record: (empty)
- Enable Host Proxy: (checked)
- Host Name: (rendezvous name of your home computer)
- IP Address: (ip address of home computer)
Now you'll be able to access the iTunes shared music on your home computer through your work computer's iTunes as if they were both on the same subnet.
Note 1: I feel that iTunes, because of its five-connection limit and the need to authorize computers to play purchased music, is a very weak platform for pirating music. This hint is intended simply for restoring a very useful feature that was removed by iTunes 4.0.1 because of Apple's fears of music pirating. Please don't ruin this for the rest of us by trying to iTunes for pirating.
Note 2: With Rendezvous Beacon you can use a similar process to publish services via Rendezvous that are served up by non Rendezvous enabled servers. This is potentially very useful for a net admin.[robg adds: Unlike hints on defeating copy protected songs, which clearly violate the infamous DMCA, I don't believe there's anything inherently illegal about accessing your own music from another location. However, if I'm wrong, I guess this article (but hopefully not the site) will soon vanish in a puff of legal smoke.
The other reason that I feel OK about publishing this one is that there are a ton of other ways to do the same thing. For instance, search macosxhints for "streaming," and you can read several hints on how to set up your own streaming server to send your music to another location. Also, an anonymous hinster pointed out a command line program called mDNSResponder that does the same thing.
People that are truly interested in pirating music are going to use one of the P2P applications, not a measly little iTunes five-connection-limited application that requires an additional third-party application with which to actually steal the music...]