I've had a home network set up for about a year now and am looking for a better way to share my music across the network. I have about 1500 songs on the desktop computer, and my laptop really doesn't have the hardrive to hold all of it without slowing it down. iTunes has the option of sharing music, but the music can only be accessed by my laptop if iTunes is presently open on the desktop. I was thinking I could share my music folder and us it as the source of my iTunes library, but ic oudln't exactly figure it out.. So my question is, can I share my music without buying any hardware and avoiding always having iTunes open?
I know there are things like network stations that do what I am asking for, but I am cheap/.