“Apple Computer’s iTunes software has apparently opened up a new way for Macintosh owners to share music collections across the Internet. The new music jukebox software, released two weeks ago as part of a set of high-profile Apple music announcements, contains features that allow Mac users to stream music to each other over a network. The songs are not downloaded permanently but do allow computer users to listen to any song on another network-connected Macintosh’s hard drive,” reports CNET News.com’s John Borland.
“Several groups of online programmers say they have figured out ways to extend this feature from a local area network to the Net. A few Web sites and software applications are claiming to allow people to search other Net-connected Macintosh computers’ hard drives in order to listen to songs online. iTunes ‘is not meant to be used in any other way than for personal use,’ said an Apple representative. The company said it will be monitoring the trend, but had no further comment,” Borland reports here.
In related news, iCommune is a standalone open source application for Mac OS X that extends Apple’s iTunes to share your music over a network. You can share the music in your iTunes library and access other iCommune music collections. iCommune music collections appear as playlists in your iTunes window. You can browse through them, and choose to stream or download the music they contain. More information and the download link for iCommune is available here.