How-To

Stream iTunes Music Library to Windows Media Center

If you have Windows Media Center rolling you can also make it see your iTunes library and play it.

Update: Windows 7 is no longer supported by Microsoft. Windows Media Center (WMC) is also unsupported and no longer available on Windows 10. Although you could still install WMC on Windows 8.1, it is also no longer receiving support from Microsoft. Here is what the company says:

Windows 8.1 reached the end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and will reach end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the general availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 had until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 to remain supported.

Stream iTunes to WMC

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 Windows Media Center (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 your 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.

Music Library

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.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Mike Rothman

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

  2. Kate Pinto

    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

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

    Thank you for reading!

  4. Jonathan

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

  5. PD

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

  6. Dave

    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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