You Can’t Play Beats 1 Radio Over AirPlay from iTunes

This has to be one of the more ridiculous “features” of Apple Music. A user in my iTunes forum pointed out that he couldn’t play Beats 1 Radio over AirPlay from iTunes on his Mac. I thought this must be wrong, but I tried it. The AirPlay icon is visible in the iTunes toolbar when you’re playing anything else. But when you start playing Beats 1 Radio, it disappears. Here’s a video:



Seriously Apple? This is just weird. You can stream using AirPlay from an iOS device…

You can, however, choose an AirPlay device from your Mac’s audio settings. Or, Option-click the Volume icon in the menu bar (if you have it displayed there) and choose a device to stream to.

16 thoughts on “You Can’t Play Beats 1 Radio Over AirPlay from iTunes

  1. I was going to upgrade to 8.4, which just became available yesterday for me, but what it gives me I don’t want or won’t use. Guess I’ll wait until the Big One (iOS 9). I can’t use Airplay, either, because no Mac and no Apple TV. Apple is really starting to annoy me – more than usual.

  2. I was going to upgrade to 8.4, which just became available yesterday for me, but what it gives me I don’t want or won’t use. Guess I’ll wait until the Big One (iOS 9). I can’t use Airplay, either, because no Mac and no Apple TV. Apple is really starting to annoy me – more than usual.

  3. Very annoying. Apple got buggy soon after Steve Jobs passed away. Nobody’s there to crack the whip I guess.

  4. Very annoying. Apple got buggy soon after Steve Jobs passed away. Nobody’s there to crack the whip I guess.

  5. It is VERY annoying!!! I just want to listen to music. I like the songs so far on Beats 1 but what good is it if i have to stay in one room to listen to it!!!!! I want to be able to play it all through out my house!!! I can’t seem to find the fix.

  6. It is VERY annoying!!! I just want to listen to music. I like the songs so far on Beats 1 but what good is it if i have to stay in one room to listen to it!!!!! I want to be able to play it all through out my house!!! I can’t seem to find the fix.

  7. Not working on Windows 8.1 either (Microsoft Surface Pro 3, last Itunes version). You can airplay anything but Beat 1 Radio. Ridiculous!

  8. Not working on Windows 8.1 either (Microsoft Surface Pro 3, last Itunes version). You can airplay anything but Beat 1 Radio. Ridiculous!

  9. Play it from an iDevice or use full blast airplay, hogging your GPU as well, while it also transmits your desktop… Also, why is my apple-TV not under my audio pulldown anymore (Option-Volume). I was always streaming system audio that way, so I can also use the volume control of the keyboard, another thing not available not available streaming from iTunes directly. .

  10. Play it from an iDevice or use full blast airplay, hogging your GPU as well, while it also transmits your desktop… Also, why is my apple-TV not under my audio pulldown anymore (Option-Volume). I was always streaming system audio that way, so I can also use the volume control of the keyboard, another thing not available not available streaming from iTunes directly. .

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