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Announcing TunesAtWork—Leave your music at home, and listen at work. Free.

TunesAtWork lets you listen to your personal iTunes music collection while at your office or lab, even though your iTunes collection resides at home.

TunesAtWork is a specialized web server that runs on your home Macintosh and serves web pages that present your music collection (including playlists) organized visually much the same as in iTunes itself.  This makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Clicking the various links in the web page will cause MP3 files to be streamed from your home Mac to the computer where your browser is running.  As long as that computer (where the browser is running) has a helper application that can play streamed MP3 files (e.g., WinAmp on Windows, MacAmp or iTunes itself on Macintosh), you will hear your music on that computer.

TunesAtWork is free. It requires a Mac, OS X, iTunes 4, and a high-speed internet connection.

Because TunesAtWork is for personal use, it allows only a small number of remote computers (four in this version) to play streamed MP3 files from your Mac.  Once this number of remote computers have streamed music from your Mac, no additional computers will be allowed to do so.  (Note that if multiple remote computers are behind a firewall, they may appear as a single computer to TunesAtWork.)  However, TunesAtWork will let you clear the list of “allowed” remote computers, after which new remote computers (again no more than four) will be permitted to stream music from your Mac.

TunesAtWork requires Java 1.4.  If your Mac has an older version of Java, when you start TunesAtWork you’ll be asked to update it.  This is easily done from Apple’s web site, .

—The TunesAtWork Team
    ([email protected])

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This is the coolest thing I’ve heard since the iPod!

Posted by AlexM. in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 11:46 AM (CST)


indeed…. yet another step towards me getting a Mac. ...

Posted by Max in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 12:01 PM (CST)


MP3Sushi ( has been doing this for a long time, and was just recently updated. Lots of features and free. The only difference may be the interface, although Sushi has a bunch of skins.


Posted by scheerd in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 12:22 PM (CST)


albeit with a yearly fee, PC’s have been able to do this for a while, OVER A YEAR AND A HALF actually, with Muse’s MediaCode. In fact, you could do it with not just MP3, but with “Ogg, WMA, AVI or other media files.” AAC as well, I assume. in fact, you can do this all with “Windows Media Player, Winamp, MusicMatch, Real Jukebox, iTunes or other desktop media player(s).”

if you just wanted to listen to playlists from home (without picking specific MP3s), you could just set up a Shoutcast or Icecast station on your home computer, and listen to it at work.

Posted by eric in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 12:31 PM (CST)


and leave my ipod at home?!!!!!

what about the car?

Posted by Daddo in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 12:58 PM (CST)


Sounds like a great idea, but I can’t seem to get the file downloaded, either in Netscape or Explorer…

Posted by shs in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 1:04 PM (CST)


Is there something similar for linux?  I have a linux server at home, and this sounds awesome!!

Posted by Ted in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 1:27 PM (CST)


Our network admins would have a cow with this much traffic over our network.  We already are being monitored for iRadio, so this wold not be good.  Why not just do what I and I’m sure many of you do?  I leave my dock at work.  hook it up via line in and play.

Posted by fergiej in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 1:31 PM (CST)


i would think that it was designed for the non-ipoder in mind, no?

Posted by m0nkey in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 3:34 PM (CST)


for those of you on the windows side, you can do the same thing with anapod explorer from

Posted by sych0 in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 4:01 PM (CST)


shamless plug: If you have PHP running on your Mac (or any machine running PHP really), and can do PHP kung fu, you could roll your own version of this program. I’ve already started an open source’d PHP iTunes Library, which allows PHP to access the iTunes database (playlists and all)...

All that’s needed is a usable front end wrapper, as well as the streaming component.

here it is:

Posted by Joe in Irvine, CA on January 12, 2004 at 4:37 PM (CST)


Netjuke is much more full-featured and doesn’t require Java on either the client or server end.

It is also cross-platform - server can be Mac/Linux/Windoze so long as it can access your music library.

Posted by craig1327 in Irvine, CA on January 13, 2004 at 8:09 AM (CST)


If you were smart, you’d have kept your iTunes 4.0 around, and by running it on each end (work/home), you wouldn’t need anything like this - you could just connect to the other box via DAAP.  That’s what I do.  No muss, no fuss.

Posted by Riot Nrrrd in Irvine, CA on January 14, 2004 at 1:25 AM (CST)

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