Streaming Music to Multiple Speakers using iTunes | January 24, 2006
I really like Airport Express as it allows me to stream music from my iMac to the stereo in my living room. This is particularly handy when we have guests around as I can stick iTunes on party shuffle and not have to worry about music for the rest of the evening (for extra geek cred you can control iTunes with your mobile phone using salling clicker). If I had a bigger flat I’d probably consider getting a few more Airport Express units and hooking them up to stereos in the bedroom and kitchen. If the rumours are true, Tom Coates has 5 of the things. Now that’s just showing off.
Anyway, the one thing that has always bothered me is you could only ever listen to music on one device at a time. If you had iTunes streaming to the living room, you couldn’t listed to the music on your Mac in the bedroom. Luckily now you can. In fact you can stream your music to any and all the remote speakers on your network, so you can sashay through your home barely missing a beat.
For this to work you need to have iTunes 6.0.2 installed. You also need to download and install the latest Airport Express Firmware. Once your Airport Expresses reboot after the firmware update, you should see a new “multiple speakers” option in your speakers dropdown. Clicking on this will bring up a list of your connected speakers, allowing you to choose which ones you want to stream music to. Sweet.
Posted at January 24, 2006 11:52 PM