iTunes vs. Firewalls

iTunes on the PC on my desk (notice I feel more possessive of the desk than the PC) hasn’t been able to share music to or from iTunes on my PowerBook. Blame the firewall.

A moment of Googline led me to Travis Saling’s guide to enabling iTunes sharing through a firewall. Here’s the ports that need to be open:

Port 3689 TCP
Port 5353 UDP

However, he notes:

Mac OS X users have it slightly simpler. They only need to allow one port through [port 3689 TCP], for reasons that are unclear to me as yet (I’m guessing the Mac firewall is at least partially stateful, which would explain this).

15 thoughts on “iTunes vs. Firewalls

  1. Can anyone give me like step by step directions on how to open port 3689 tcp because i have no clue.

  2. This helped loads (XP user)
    If you are still having probs you should also check norton ‘cus it has a firewall built into it sumwhere which is accessed through options menu, nowhere else

  3. Mike, most likely you don’t want to open TCP 3689. If you have a specific reason, please do let us know.

  4. I just got my 2000t and all of my songs are skipping in iTunes, and I cant figure out why. If someone could help me out and tell me how to fix this I would really appreciate it because its driving me crazy. Thanks for the replys.

  5. I am reading that you helped folks with Port 3689 TCP. i can’t open the shared iTunes with my son. I could before and now I am getting this message:

    The shared library “jwilder’s music” is not accessible for an unknown reason. (-3259)

    Check that any firewall software on either the shared computer or this computer has been set to allow communication on port 3689.

    Can you help?

  6. Not iTunes sharing library.

    Router D-Link DI-624s.
    iMac – LAN to router.
    BookPC – Wi-Fi to router.

    My help.

  7. I’m completly lost… How it works??? I just don’t understand what am I supposed to do to “open” this fucking port! Please I’m going mad…

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