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  1. Stuart Meyers
    November 26, 2010

    Good tip.

    I would like to see Remote on my ipad be able to select music or video from the iTunes as it does now, but play it on my ipad as apposed to loading everything on the ipad. I could play a movie on appletv and if the wife wanted to watch tv, I could continue on my ipad.


    • tk
      December 21, 2010

      the wife wants an “easy” way to access our music library and we like the Sonos sytem, but not the price…same goes for squeezebox.

      Is there any way to operate the Apple TV2 headless? i have the remote app on my itouch, but the TV needs to be on to operate. (i.e. it is not menu driven from my itouch)

      also, any hacks out there to have multiple streams from itunes? ATV would accomplish this, but see my 1st point.

      • Neil
        December 31, 2010

        I’ve got the new AppleTV running semi-headless right now. I use it for music and podcasts, so I’ve got it connected to my AV receiver via the optical audio out. I can control it via the iOS remote app, or stream to it from iTunes. Works perfectly with the TV off.

        I do also have it connected to the TV via HDMI, but rarely use it this way (though it is necessary at first to set up the WiFi, network keys, etc).

    • moveair
      May 4, 2011

      i’m pretty sure you can do this via home sharing(if i understand you correctly).

      I stream music and videos from my imac onto my iphone and ipad similar to aTV but you need to sign in to home sharing on your ios device.

  2. Ole
    November 26, 2010

    Wold like to see a setup where I dont have to turn on iTunes on my Mac to stream. I have a NAS disk sitting on my network with all my media, music, film, podcast …. it is on all the time. I would enjoy to pick up my iPad and then the remote app could connect directly to the NAS iTunes files and stream to upcoming Airplay speakers, or AirPort Express units…

    Regards, Ole

    • Neil
      December 31, 2010

      It’s a workaround, but try the PlugPlayer app on your iOS device. You can stream from a NAS or mediaserver to the AppleTV via AirPlay. Works great and you don’t need a computer on (or even the TV if you AppleTV is connected via the optical audio), but it can run down the batter on your iOS device while you’re relaying the audio. But it’s a low-cost solution that almost gets you what you’re asking for…

    • Gabriel
      September 13, 2011

      I think, this is doable with a NAS from QNAP (e.g., TS-412) – but I believe, many other NAS’s should have such a feature, too.

  3. Ade
    November 26, 2010

    Great article. Thanks for the tip, this is exactly what I was looking for. I was looking at the Sonos system, which carries a hefty price tag. With this system I can just buy a couple of airport expresses and off I go.

    One piece of feedback if I may. I would have easily missed reading this article because of the title. Perhaps modify the blog title to indicate that you have a workaround?

    Thanks, and all the best.

    • airplayj
      November 26, 2010

      Thanks Ade. Glad you found this useful.

  4. Scott
    November 28, 2010

    Airplay does work with multiple speakers on iTunes!
    Just click on however many speakers you want to run!

    Works fantastic!


    • airplayj
      November 28, 2010

      That’s right Scott. AirPlay does work on multiple speakers from iTunes, but does not work on multiple speakers from iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad).

  5. David
    November 30, 2010

    I would like to see AirPlay stream to the original AppleTV even if it’s a hack. If you can steam to an AirPort Express you should be able to stream the the old AppleTV as neither have iOS built in.

  6. Steve Collins
    December 1, 2010

    The best thing about all of this is that I can now stream Spotify from my iPhone to my home sound system for the cost of an AppleTV – I almost shelled out for a Sonos S5!!!

  7. Shaun
    December 3, 2010

    I agree with Ole, would love to stream from my NAS!
    It is handy being able to stream from iPhone and iPad.
    I can’t wait until more speakers and hardware hits the stores!

  8. Bret
    December 6, 2010

    Another work around would be to use a remote desktop app such as LogMeIn on the iPad to access iTunes or Airfoil to control multiple Airplay speakers. Airfoil is a 3rd party app that lets you send non-iTunes audio to Airplay speakers.

  9. JD
    December 8, 2010

    Now while I can’t speak about using Airfoil with this new latest 4.2.1 Airplay-enabled iTunes version, I liked the demo and bought a copy of the software back in July to stream Sirius to my airport express. It worked pretty well, and it turned my iphone4 into speakers. I still had my old 3G, and parked it in my bathroom to have a little music to shower with.

    As of recently though, I spend most nights at my girlfriends apartment and then with thanksgiving and now school finals, I still haven’t checked out how well Airfoil works with iOS airplay devices.

    • Nancy Kurul
      January 21, 2014

      I use Airfoil with my Apple TV and can then play the same music on my computer, my Surround Sound system (hooked up to Apple TV) and the 2 other computers hooked up to airport express in different areas of the house.

  10. Dave
    December 15, 2010

    Interesting that iHomes marketing states, “Add multiple iW1 speakers throughout your home and with AirPlay enjoy music from any or all of your speakers, simultaneously.” Is this a typo, misunderstanding or a feature to be added? Can this be confirmed with iHome as well?

    • airplayj
      December 15, 2010

      Hi Dave,

      This isn’t a typo. It’s true. You can stream to multiple AirPlay enabled devices and speakers, just not from iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). Only from iTunes on your computer.

      • Dave
        December 15, 2010

        Thanks for clarifying, that certainly makes a difference although these should still be pretty cool. They should include a statement about iTunes content only to be more accurate.

        Would love to see some outdoor speakers as well. I check the site regularly for prices and more information.

  11. Colin
    December 31, 2010

    I would like to be able to stream video content to one source and audio to another via airplay is this coming?

  12. Geoff
    January 7, 2011

    Take care with the Airport Express.

    There is a common bug on these devices when connected wirelessly to a Mac based setup. After a few minutes of flawless music, the sound frequently drops out for up to 10 seconds interrupting the stream. This gets progressively worse as you add additional wirelessly connected devices to the network.

    It is an issue that Apple is aware of, and despite several long problem solving calls to Apple, is something that I cannot resolve. (I have 4 APXs in the house and an Apple TV – the solution is to connect them via ethernet – not ideal, but it does work)


    • Pastienot
      June 20, 2011

      Geoff: did you solve this yet? it almost certainly interference on your wifi; probably from a cordless phone, neighbourds wifi or similar. Try going into your wifi router and selecting a channel another channel (ie if it shows you are using Channel 1 change to 6 and do not use auto select). This fixed your isue on my 3 APX set up.

  13. Seri97
    February 14, 2011

    I have a brand new Apple Mini Mac 2/11
    I have the newest verision of the portable Xm satelite radio with a home docking station. I have Sony 900hz wireless speakers with a base.
    I have a Samsung un46c7000 LED TV
    I have I Tunes set up

    I would like my Sony wireless speakers to play music from my satelite radio, my Mini Mac or my Mini Mac’s CD drive.

    Can anyone tell me how to make this work?

  14. DanH
    June 28, 2011

    A lot of these problems about having to have itunes switched on will be fixed with Apple’s new cloud technology and the match system that means you don’t require the file to be on your device to play it. It simply holds a reference to all the music in your itunes and and streams it from the internet. Ok it would be better if you could do it from a NAS but it’s a possible solution.

    I was wondering if it is possible to play music from a Macbook plugged directly with an audio jack to a mini system and 1) stream different or 2) the same music over airplay to an airplay compatible system in a different room?

  15. Mark Kelly
    July 26, 2011


    Not sure if this is the right thread, I have one Airport Express and added it to a very badly designed home audio set-up in a new build, the set-up can take 4 inputs and I want to know – Can I add 3 more Airport Express untis and play different music on each e.g. One feeds from itunes on my iMac, one from my iPhone, one from her iPhone, one from the iPad?

    • AirPlayJ
      July 26, 2011

      Hi Mark, yes that will work. Each AirPort Express will show up as a separate AirPlay device. Are you planning on running audio from each device at the same time? If not, you can just go with one AirPort Express.

  16. Dufus Del Dia
    August 31, 2011

    The workaround of using Remote on IOS to control multiple speakers isn’t really streaming to multiple speakers from IOS. Your Mac is doing the actual streaming, and you’re just controlling it with Remote on IOS. This won’t work unless the Mac is up and running iTunes.

  17. blewharvest
    October 3, 2011

    Yeah, I know this is an old thread, but I’ve cracked this nut. I used AirServer and AirFoil in conjunction and I can now stream music from my iPhone to multiple speakers/devices in my house. I used AirFoil to select multiple audio output destinations, then select AirServer as the source. Then I send music from my iPhone, using AirServer, to my Mac.

  18. gatcamelias
    October 30, 2011

    i have got an airplay express linked to router and hi-fi system which can only take 2 speakers. I’d like to have additional speakers (to listen to the same music stream). I wonder if I have to invest in expensive sonos system or if i could simply enhance my system with airplay.
    i see 2 options:
    1) buying any other hif-fi system + a new airplay express device
    2) buying an airplay-compatible speaker (problem is that choice is still limited)
    Can these 2 options be compared ?
    Am i obliged to link the new system to the router via ethernet ?
    Another question: has anyone heard of/tried Sony SA-NS500? is it available yet ? i can only see pre-launch articles.
    I am very new to this, thanks for your advice

  19. Brad
    January 5, 2012

    I am building a new home and am investigating using Airplay to create a whole house audio system. Rather than Sonos or a similar unit, I think Airport Express / Airplay will allow me to best leverage my exisiting devices (MacBook, iPad, iPhone) and iTunes library. I want to create a whole house audio system with built in speakers with as many as ten separate zones.

    However, I am wondering if as many as 10 Airport Express units are actually supportable via the Remote App and whether they will all successfully function as separate audio zones in my home.

    Does anyone have any experience using this many? I have the ability to hard wire the units, so this will prevent wireless interference, but regardless, is this going to work??

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts or tips.

    • Rtm
      February 15, 2012

      Yes Brad but I recommended as you said hardwire them and I advise getting Apple TVs over the Airport Express

  20. Grey
    March 15, 2012

    Work around using ping… Listen to pandora add trackes played to ping play via airplay simple

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