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So you like to share your music eh?

Yes we know that you can let other people on your network connect and listen to your iTunes library. We also know you are sucking up the office bandwidth and wasting valuable company time.

who is connected to my itunes

BUT….don’t worry we wont narc on you to your HR department or even the RIAA! And of course being the curious young admin you are, we would be more than happy to help you find out who on your network is listening to your tunes. If you are into it, keep on reading!

When you go to close iTunes down and it yells back at you that someone is connected to your library – what do you do? How do you know who is sampling your musical tastes?


How do you know if you should leave it open so they can continue to get their music on? Or maybe you should close it even quicker because the concept of sharing scares you?

Either way this simple dos command will point you to who is listening to your music. Press the Windows key on your keyboard and the ‘R’ key. When the Run box comes up on your screen, type “cmd” (without the speech marks) and a command box will come up. Now type :

netstat | find “:3689”

This will return any connections to your machine on port 3689 (that is iTunes)

You will see something like this if you have someone connected to you:

Now you can make an educated decision depending if its Bouncy Betty in HR or Smelly Mark in Editorial… :)

It attempts to resolve net-bios names and give you a friendly name instead of a 192.168.x.x address but, this doesn’t always work. If this is your case you will only see the IP address of who is connected to you. But hey an IP is as good as a name around my office. (You can also run a program like IpScanner as well) And here is a fugly intern.

Can you guess what I did?

Update: Apparently there is an installable app that will do the same thing on Windows or Mac. Check out iTunes Monitor here.

I happen to LOVE NetStat Free Port Analyzers - Defeat Spyware And Botware Free Port Analyzers - Defeat Spyware And Botware Read More and use it for loads of stuff. Do you use NetStat? What for?

Maybe you have an easier method of finding out who is listening to your iTunes?

Well if you do what are you waiting for? Hit us up in the comments!

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  1. jenn
    August 29, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Didn't work on my machine. "Parameter found not correct."

  2. Karl L. Gechlik |
    October 13, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Awesome points George and Buck! Thanks for your 2 cents.

  3. buck
    October 12, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Also check out the psloggedon commandline tool that is part of the sysinternals tools. that can tell you who is logged in to that ip address

  4. George
    October 12, 2008 at 8:27 am

    netstat -a -b lists not only all processes listening/connecting to Windows TCP-IP stack but also shows file names. Great for checking out suspicious activity/malware.

    just run

    netstat -a -b > openthis.txt (will love you take a LONG time)
    notepad openthis.txt

  5. Steve
    October 12, 2008 at 7:36 am

    Just ran a scan at my place and got a really nice surprise, apparently the hot neighbor chick is connected to library now. Hehe

    • Karl L. Gechlik
      October 12, 2008 at 8:24 am

      Glad to help Steveo!