Apple Home Sharing for Music to return in iOS 9

7 Jul 2015

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Apple's internet software chief Eddy Cue has confirmed that Home Sharing, which disappeared with iOS 8.4, will return with iOS 9.

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The much-loved Home Sharing for music feature that disappeared in the latest iOS update iOS 8.4 – possibly due to negotiations with record labels – is due to make a comeback in iOS 9, Apple’s software chief Eddy Cue has confirmed.

It is understood that, as well as negotiating with indie labels and artists, Apple had a tough job getting record labels on side in time for the launch of Apple Music last week as part of the iOS 8.4 update.

It is clear that Home Sharing for music was a casualty of war in this instance.

Users can still use Home Sharing for video content and Home Sharing for music is open to users with an Apple TV box.

Responding to a question on Twitter from Peter Kaufman (aka @inklake) calling for the return of Home Sharing for Music, Eddy Cue (aka @Cue) said: “We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9.”

The Home Sharing feature makes it easy to play or copy music, movies and other content among up to five computers in your home.

Music listening image via Shutterstock

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