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Archived - iTunes for Windows: Music Sharing With Windows Internet Connection Firewall

Learn how to use iTunes music sharing with Windows Internet Connection Firewall.

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If you have turned on the Internet Connection Firewall (ICF), other iTunes users on your local network may not be able connect to your shared playlists even though they can see your iTunes shared name. To allow users to access your shared playlists, either turn off Internet Connection Firewall or open a network port to allow music sharing.

Open a port to allow music sharing
If you would like to leave Internet Connection Firewall turned on, you can open a port (TCP Port 3689 and UDP Port 5353) to allow music sharing on your local network.

  1. Click the Start button, then point to Control Panel.
  2. Click Networking and Internet Connections.
  3. Click Network Connections.
  4. Double-click the connection you use for iTunes music sharing.
  5. Click Properties.
  6. Click the Advanced tab.
  7. Click the checkbox to turn on "Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet." (Figure 4).
  8. Click Settings. The Advanced Settings window appears (Figure 1).
  9. Click the Add button. The Service Settings window appears.
  10. In the Service Settings window, type in the following information (Figure 2):
    • Description of Service: iTunes Sharing
    • Name or IP address: Enter the Internet address or name of the computer. Note: If you are not sure what your IP address is, ask your system administrator or consult Microsoft's help pages.
    • External Port number: 3689
    • Internal Port number: 3689
    • Select TCP
  11. Click OK. The iTunes Sharing service appears in the Services list (Figure 3).
  12. Click the Add button again. The Service Settings window appears.
  13. In the Service Settings window, type in the following information (Figure 2):
    • Description of Service: Multicast DNS
    • Name or IP address: Enter the Internet address or name of the computer.
    • External Port number: 5353
    • Internal Port number: 5353
    • Select UDP
  14. Click OK to close the Advanced Settings window.
  15. Click OK to close the Connection Properties window.




Figure 1 Advanced Settings window



Figure 2 Service Settings window




Figure 3 iTunes Sharing in the Service Settings window

Turn off Internet Connection Firewall to allow music sharing

  1. Click the Start button, then point to Control Panel.
  2. Click Networking and Internet Connections (Not necessary for Windows 2000 or if the Start menu is in Classic mode).
  3. Click Network Connections.
  4. Double-click the connection you use for iTunes music sharing.
  5. Click Properties.
  6. Click the Advanced tab.
  7. Click the checkbox to deselect "Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet." (Figure 4).
  8. Click OK.


Note: Disabling Internet Connection Firewall may reduce the security of your computer. If you have questions about using Internet Connection Firewall, ask your system administrator or consult Microsoft's help pages.


Figure 4 Internet Connection Firewall setting

Last Modified: May 19, 2009
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