iOS 8.4 removed iTunes Home Sharing support
On Tuesday, Apple introduced its new streaming music service Music through the release of the iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2 software updates. For iOS users, it was required to update to the latest version of the OS in order to use the service – that’s the only way to get the updated Music app. But what some eagle-eyed individuals are learning today about iOS 8.4 is that Home Sharing for iTunes is gone in the new update.
This isn’t any accident either; apart from the various reports in Apple’s Support forum, the Apple support page for Home Sharing has also been updated to show iOS 8.4 does not support it. Home Sharing essentially allowed for iOS users to access their iTunes library at any place in their house and them stream that media to their iOS devices. Home Sharing was for both audio and video, but with 8.4, that audio part has been removed.
9to5Mac speculates that the reason for the removal has to due with licensing terms having to do with Apple Music; it’s likely a grey area as far as streaming media that isn’t purchased by the user goes. To solve the issue, the best fix as of now looks to be simply to sign up for the $14.99/mo Apple Music family plan.