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Stream iTunes Music Library to Windows Media Center

If you use iTunes to manage your music, there isn’t an obvious way to share your collection with Windows Media Center. Here’s how to stream your iTunes music library to WMC.

First, open iTunes and right-click on any song in your library. Select Show in Windows Explorer.

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This brings you to the location of your iTunes music folder. Copy the path so you remember where it’s located. Mine is in C:\Users\i3geek\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music. The location of your iTunes music library will vary.
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Now open Windows Media Center. From the main menu scroll down to Tasks >> Settings.

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Next, scroll down and select Media Libraries.

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Select Music then click Next.

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Select Add Folders to the Library. Click Next.

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Select On This Computer (Includes Mapped Network Drive) click Next.

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Now go to the location of where you iTunes music – which you found earlier. Make sure it’s checked and click Next.

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Select Yes, Use These Locations. Click Finish.

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From the main menu go to Music >> Music Library.

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Here you’ll find all of the songs you added from your iTunes folder. Click an album or song to play.

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Your music collection from iTunes will play through Windows Media Center.

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To add more locations to access your music and video, check out how to stream music from Windows 7 Media Center to the Xbox 360 – includes your iTunes music collection too. Groovy!

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6 Responses to Stream iTunes Music Library to Windows Media Center

  1. Mike Rothman December 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Terrific tip, Brian. Thanks. Windows Media Center is awesome, now just that much better with iTunes music integration.

  2. Kate Pinto December 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    You are the bomb!! I have been getting your daily updates for only a short time and have already been able to do so much more as a result of your awesome tutorials. Thanks!!

  3. Brian Burgess December 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Thanks for the kind words Kate! We aim to please.

    Thank you for reading!

  4. Jonathan June 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Will this work for movies as well? My iTunes library is where I keep copies of DVDs.

  5. PD December 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

    this is lame. you aren’t streaming anything. you’re just adding a folder to the WMC library.

  6. Dave November 19, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Thanks for this, it works for me.
    However when I move an album from one genre to another it does not move in WMC.
    How can I get around this?

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