‘accessTunes’ allows for always-on music sharing via iTunes and the Web

accessTunes from Bains Software is designed to makes it easy to access your music anytime, anywhere. accessTunes starts sharing your iTunes Music Library as soon as you turn on your computer, making it available as a shared iTunes library on the local network, and accessible from anywhere in the world via the Web.

With accessTunes, you can listen to your roommate’s music even if he doesn’t have iTunes open, or listen to music from your home computer while you’re at work, even if you’re stuck on a PC.

• Starts sharing music at computer startup, even before you login.
• Shares music via iTunes Music Sharing and the Web
• Password protection for both iTunes and Web sharing.
• Can share your entire library, or just a few playlists.
• Reports what songs are currently being streamed.

accessTunes supports any Mac running Mac OS 10.3 or later. accessTunes is US$15 shareware. Users can download a copy for free that will expire after it has streamed 50 songs.

More info and download link here.

[Attribution: MacNN]


  1. Yeah, didn’t Apple take this feature *OUT* of iTunes ‘cuz the FCC got on their case? I can’t imagine this will go over well at all.

    When did MDN start advertising applications?

  2. On OSX, any RTF document with graphics that you create with Text Edit gets an RTFD extension. This was probably done to address problems when someone would create an RTF on a Mac but the PC user couldn’t open it.

  3. I think other methods got stomped because they were illegally using Apple’s API’s to do it. Depending on how they’ve accomplished this, Apple may change iTunes at some point in the future but not really see any use in a legal challenge.

  4. Yeah, but it’s “only streaming” with on-demand requesting, and presumably capable of multiple streams (does anyone know this for sure?) — that makes it an unlicensed internet radio broadcast. more than that, actually.. unlicensed internet jukebox!

    What does RTFD actually stand for? Surely it’s not “read the ****ing documentation”?

  5. I think as long as the songs that are streamed cannot be copied to another computer it’s legal. Others always made a way to break the copy protection and actually download the songs on another computer. That’s when things get ugly.

  6. RTFD: “Read the fscking documentation” That’s funny! I presume the official answer is “Rich Text Format Document” but I’d like to think the developer who made up the acronym had the first name in mind… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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