Apple has removed iOS 8.4 Home Sharing for Music feature from its latest software update. Just two days ago Apple launched iOS 8.4 to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users and the big news, of course, was the addition of Apple Music and Beats 1. As it become known, unfortunately Apple has removed a Home Sharing feature still used by many users from the operating system. Due to recent users reports the company appears to have erased Home Sharing support for Music in iOS 8.4. This breaks the ability for users to share their iTunes Library via Wi-Fi from their devices.
The Home Sharing support page has also been updated to reflect that the feature is not present in iOS 8.4. Originally launched in 2011 as part of iOS 4.3 the Home Sharing feature let iOS devices to share their music and video library over Wi-Fi with other iOS devices on the same Wi-Fi network. Currently the feature support only videos. Apple company has not made any official announcement and had updated its support pages to reflect the change. However, Apple TV and Mac owners can still share their music library with other iOS devices using Home Sharing. In the release notes of iOS 8.4 beta 4 Apple had mentioned that iOS 8.4 Home Sharing for Music and Genius Mixes were “not available currently”.
This means there were possibility that the feature could return in future versions of iOS. While the possibility of Home Sharing for music returning on iOS devices is there, it’s unclear whether Apple would return the option for non-subscribers of Apple Music. Hopefully Apple will re-release Home Sharing down the line while keeping Apple Music in mind since the latter’s Family Membership somewhat negates the need for Home Sharing. Possibly, the company will only allow for Home Sharing if the user has a membership to Apple Music.