Everything you need to know about playing music with AirPlay

If you use a Mac or an iOS device, you may know about AirPlay, Apple’s streaming protocol that can send audio and/or video to a variety of devices. Initially launched in 2004 as AirTunes, for audio only from iTunes to Apple devices, AirPlay is now supported by speakers, amplifiers, receivers, and more, from dozens of brands.

While you don’t have many options with AirPlay Mirroring (streaming both audio and video; you can do this from a Mac or iOS device to an Apple TV), using AirPlay with music is incredibly flexible. There are ways to use AirPlay you may never have thought of. Here’s an overview of some of the ways you can send music throughout your house using AirPlay.

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4 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about playing music with AirPlay

  1. Hi Kirk (and readers!),

    I recently wanted to stream a movie from an iPad Mini to my Apple TV.

    Due to a temporary audio/video configuration, my ATV is setup to automatically stream its audio via Airplay to my Yamaha receiver (RXV-673 which is Airplay compatible) as for now I cannot connect the ATV directly to this receiver using HDMI.

    So I used Airplay mirroring from the iPad Mini to display the video on the ATV and expected to have the audio sent to the ATV via Airplay and then automatically sent to my receiver.

    In fact it did not work (only the video was showing on the ATV). I tried to remove on the ATV the option to stream audio via Airplay to the receiver; it worked and the movie audio output could be heard from the TV speakers.

    Are you aware of any limitiation for either Airplay mirroring or audio being transmitted + extended as for me it should work flawlessly?

    Thanks,

    François

    • Is everything connected correctly? If you’ve set things up to stream audio to the Yamaha, your connections may be such that the audio is going out a different way than the audio would when you stream video. When you do the latter, the audio and video can either go out via the HDMI cable, or you can have the audio go out through a Toslink cable (if you have an ATV 2 or 3).

      Remember, you can only stream audio to the Yamaha, so check the way everything is connected.

  2. Hi Kirk (and readers!),

    I recently wanted to stream a movie from an iPad Mini to my Apple TV.

    Due to a temporary audio/video configuration, my ATV is setup to automatically stream its audio via Airplay to my Yamaha receiver (RXV-673 which is Airplay compatible) as for now I cannot connect the ATV directly to this receiver using HDMI.

    So I used Airplay mirroring from the iPad Mini to display the video on the ATV and expected to have the audio sent to the ATV via Airplay and then automatically sent to my receiver.

    In fact it did not work (only the video was showing on the ATV). I tried to remove on the ATV the option to stream audio via Airplay to the receiver; it worked and the movie audio output could be heard from the TV speakers.

    Are you aware of any limitiation for either Airplay mirroring or audio being transmitted + extended as for me it should work flawlessly?

    Thanks,

    François

    • Is everything connected correctly? If you’ve set things up to stream audio to the Yamaha, your connections may be such that the audio is going out a different way than the audio would when you stream video. When you do the latter, the audio and video can either go out via the HDMI cable, or you can have the audio go out through a Toslink cable (if you have an ATV 2 or 3).

      Remember, you can only stream audio to the Yamaha, so check the way everything is connected.

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