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Apple planning to bring back Home Sharing in iOS 9

Apple is working on restoring full Home Sharing functionality to iOS 9, it’s been confirmed.

With the launch of Apple Music in iOS 8.4 last week, it was noticed that Apple had quietly removed the ability to share your iTunes music from a computer to an iOS device across a local Wi-Fi network.

This was the main component of Home Sharing, a feature introduced to iOS 4.3 way back in 2011.

It’s been speculated that this was due to licensing deals for Apple’s new streaming service, but the company itself has kept schtum on the matter – at least until now.

Apple Music chief Eddie Cue has tweeted the news that former Home Sharing users have been dying to hear. Responding to a query on the matter, Cue said: “We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9”.

iOS 9 will likely appear some time in September, around the time of the launch of the iPhone 6S.

For now, Home Sharing still works on iOS devices when it comes to video content. It also works with audio on the Apple TV and Macs.

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Apple Music’s £14.99-per-month family package will allow you to stream unlimited music to up to six family members, which seems to be another potential workaround while we’re waiting for iOS 9 to drop.

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