Stream music from your computer to Xbox 360

You can use Windows Media Player 11 media sharing to stream music over your home network to your Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system.

What you’ll need

To complete the steps below, you will need the following software and hardware.



  • TV

  • Router

Step 1: Connect Xbox 360 to wireless home network

The first step to streaming music from your computer to your Xbox 360 is to make sure that your Xbox 360 is connected to your home network. (This article assumes that you have a wireless home network.)

To connect your Xbox 360 to your home network

  1. Turn on your console and any wireless networking devices (such as a router or access point).

  2. Plug the Xbox 360 wireless adapter into the USB port on the Xbox 360 game console.

    Your Xbox 360 should use the same router that your computer uses to connect to your home network and the Internet.

  3. On the Xbox 360 dashboard, select the System blade.

  4. Select Network Settings, select Edit Settings, and then select the section that begins with Wireless Mode.

  5. Select your wireless network, and then enter your network password (if necessary), and then select Done.

    Your Xbox 360 console should be connected to your wireless home network.

Step 2: Set up media sharing in Windows Media Player 11

After you download and install Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP, you need to set up media sharing so that you can share music and other digital media with your Xbox 360. The following steps describe how to set up media sharing in Windows Media Player 11.

To set up media sharing in Windows Media Player 11

  1. In Windows Media Player 11, click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click Media Sharing.

  2. In the Media Sharing dialog box, select the Share my media check box, and then click OK.

    Screen shot showing the Share my media check box
  3. In the list below the Share my media to check box, click your Xbox 360 , click Allow, and then click OK.

    It might take a little bit of time for your Xbox 360 to appear in the list of devices.

    The following screen shot shows an Xbox 360 as a device that is allowed to receive shared music.

    Screen shot showing Xbox 360 as an allowed shared device

Step 3: Play shared music on Xbox 360

After you have set up media sharing in Windows Media Player 11 and allowed Xbox 360 to receive and play shared content, you can now stream music from your computer and play it on your Xbox 360.

To play music streamed from your computer on Xbox 360

  1. Using your Xbox 360 controller, select the media blade.

  2. Select music.

  3. Select Computer.

  4. On the Windows-based PC screen, select Yes, Continue.

    After a few moments, your computer with the shared media name should appear.

  5. Under Select your computer, select your computer and the shared media name.

  6. Find the music that you want to play, and then select Play.

    The music streams from your computer to your Xbox 360.