iOS 8.4 is now available, and while it includes the new Apple Music streaming service application, it also breaks a major feature that Apple’s most dedicated iTunes fanbase probably uses.
A report from Apple Insider revealed that iOS 8.4 removes support for Home Sharing in iTunes, which means you can’t automatically share your PC’s iTunes library with other computers and iOS devices on your home network. If you subscribe to Apple Music and iTunes Match, chances are this isn’t a problem since you can access tens of millions of songs from Apple Music anywhere — even outside of your house. If you don’t, however, there’s no real way to share your library across devices at this point. Apple hasn’t responded to the problem but 9to5Mac suggests that the issue probably focuses around Apple’s licensing agreements with its music partners.
This might be a permanent change, and it appears that Home Sharing still works with the Apple TV, which doesn’t have the new Apple Music app yet. We’ll let you know if we hear more.