We announced earlier today that iOS 4.3 is now available to download. Among many of the new features highlighted by Steve Jobs and company during the iPad 2 announcement last week, was iTunes Home Sharing.

This will give you the ability to stream music from your iTunes library, to any iDevice in range of your WiFi. This is different than Remote, an iOS application by Apple, that lets you control iTunes playback on your computer with your iPhone. So what’s the advantage of iTunes Home Sharing? That’s easy….

Let’s say you have a nice home theater setup with an iPhone hookup. Home Sharing will allow you to stream ALL of your music from iTunes to your iPhone, which would then play through your home theatre. Instead of being limited to the 16GB or 32GB, you have access to all of your music.

It’s even super easy to setup. When in iTunes, click the ‘advanced’ tab at the top, and you will see the option to turn home sharing on. From your iPhone, you just go to your ‘Settings’ app, and select iPod. With the 4.3 update, you should now be able to turn on Home Sharing.

Has anyone upgraded to 4.3 and are enjoying the new Home Sharing feature? Are you jailbroken, and considering upgrading anyways? Tell us below!

  • Campbell

    Tried it. Works a treat. Fantastic addition to the iPhone firmware. The next step would be the ability to transfer files from a library on a pc/Mac over to the iPhone. You can do this between pc/Mac. That would be a very nice touch.

  • It will not play DRMed music.

  • six4seven

    Can we jailbreak 4.3 yet??? If not, no way in hells will I update to this firmware yet!!

    • iXanczy

      No jailbreak out yet…

  • Reggie-Reg

    Great article and home sharing is a great idea and feature, but until they have a jailbreak for 4.3, it’s a feature I won’t experience lol.

  • Lawrence la

    You can do this with streamtome. You can stream files from iTunes and anything that is not in iTunes. You can even stream all your content remotely in 3G.

    • DomPerignon

      Right. Streamtome does a much better job for $3.00

  • Woojoo666

    this mite be in preparation for the rumored cheap iphone, that is said to not have much memory space :/

  • Maglor

    The audio quality on StreamToMe is very bad, I gotta say. I hope this new feature on 4.3 has streaming with sound quality that we can find on the airport express…

  • NaveenJ

    Can someone advice me if the Home Sharing works for IPhone 3GS. I cant find the Home Sharing under ipod. please help

    • Alexander Brueck

      after you have set up home sharing on itunes at advanced>turn on home sharing>(type in username and password under home sharing) AND your iphone at settings>ipod>(type in username and password under home sharing)…..
      1.go to ipod app.
      2. press “More” in bottom right corner.
      3. press “Shared”
      4. Select your Library

  • lawrence091

    Streamtome isn’t that bad if you’re using headphones. The Bose in-ear headphones makes anything sound good..at least while I’m working out. The best thing to do would be to get an Apple TV, run XBMC on it, and then stream all of your .flac files. Nothing will beat a direct connection for sound quality though.

  • Maglor

    Well, I must disagree with that… You see, the more better the headphones are the more you notice the flaws in the sound… As if it wasn’t enough to be MP3, it’s being streamed which makes it even worse.

  • Jason

    Audiogalaxy is free and does a great job.

  • Jason Masters

    I’m jailbroken on 4.3 and unlocked and the home sharing works nice

  • Alexander Brueck

    @NaveenJ
    after you have set up home sharing on itunes at advanced>turn on home sharing>(type in username and password under home sharing) AND your iphone at settings>ipod>(type in username and password under home sharing)…..
    1.go to ipod app.
    2. press “More” in bottom right corner.
    3. press “Shared”
    4. Select your Library