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Home Sharing for music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

Home Sharing for music returns in iOS 9 beta 4

Apple's Software
July 21, 2015

Great news for fans of music Home Sharing on their iOS devices. As promised by Apple’s Eddy Cue, the newest iOS 9 beta – released earlier today – does indeed include the feature.

The feature was surprisingly removed from iOS 8.4 with no explanation from Apple. But Cue announced on Twitter that music Home Sharing would be back.

While not particularly well known, it’s great for homes with large iTunes libraries and a number of Macs and other iOS devices.

Along with extending playback to iOS devices, your music and movie library can be shared among up to five computers on the same home Wi-Fi network. The content can even be accessed by an Apple TV.

Other smaller changes in the new beta software include support for the new A8-powered iPod touch, which was released last week, and revamped icons for Notifications and Battery options in the Settings menu.

In the Music app, there is also a small number of revamped options designed to make the experience more streamlined.

Finally, Handoff is easier to access as users can find it in a new bar right below that app carousel in the switcher view. You’ll just need to pull up the bar to open a Handoff app.

Apple is expected to release iOS 9 to the general public sometime this fall. OS X El Capitan and WatchOS 2 are also expected to land during the same timeframe.

For other news today, see: Why it’s okay that paid YouTube won’t have network TV, Bring MagSafe-like charging to your iOS devices with Znaps, and Fly into savings on just about everything with Jet.

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