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Old Dec 25, 2011, 01:25 PM   #1
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Bluetooth speakers & Imac

My mom got a bluetooth speaker for Christmas. We got it connected but...It appears the Mac is reading the speakers like a pair of headphones. This means when the speaker is playing the computer speakers go silent? Is there something simple that I am doing wrong?

Thanks and Merry Christmas!!!

The speakers are Creative D200
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 01:35 PM   #2
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My mom got a bluetooth speaker for Christmas. We got it connected but...It appears the Mac is reading the speakers like a pair of headphones. This means when the speaker is playing the computer speakers go silent? Is there something simple that I am doing wrong?
That's normal. If you go to System Preferences > Sound > Output you'll see your choices for which speakers to use. You can't select more than one.
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 01:49 PM   #3
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Well that is certainly disappointing.

It never even occured to me that "remote" speakers wouldn't be able to play along with the mac speakers. Wow.

What would be her options for playing her music in multiple rooms then?

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Old Dec 25, 2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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Well that is certainly disappointing.

It never even occured to me that "remote" speakers wouldn't be able to play along with the mac speakers. Wow.

What would be her options for playing her music in multiple rooms then?
You can play iTunes music on multiple speakers, but not other apps.
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 02:28 PM   #5
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sweet, this was our only goal. Could you explain how please?
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 02:33 PM   #6
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sweet, this was our only goal. Could you explain how please?
Use an AirPort Express to connect your stereo speakers or desktop computer speakers. Or use AirPlay-enabled speakers. Then click the speaker selection link in the lower right corner of your iTunes window, then select "Multiple Speakers".
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 03:04 PM   #7
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I see. To sum this up the speakers I purchased would work well with my iphone. In order for her to get what she would like she will have to purchase apple speakers or an apple wireless router?
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 03:07 PM   #8
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I see. To sum this up the speakers I purchased would work well with my iphone. In order for her to get what she would like she will have to purchase apple speakers or an apple wireless router?
If you have an existing stereo with good speakers, and you bought the AirPort Express, you could play iTunes music from your stereo speakers and your bluetooth speakers simultaneously.
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 03:24 PM   #9
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Well hell. My family is genetically predisposed to buy incorrect/inappropriate appliances/equipment/electronics. I can't thank y'all enough for your help.

I just sipped of the apple juice and got a 4s recently. I'll be replacing my crappy old pc desktop with some sort of apple set-up...debating between an iMac or a MacBook air with a separate monitor.

Then the REALLY stupid questions will commence.
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 03:27 PM   #10
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Then the REALLY stupid questions will commence.
The only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask.
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Old Dec 25, 2011, 05:01 PM   #11
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The only stupid questions are the ones you don't ask.
Ha! I've participated for a couple of years on a National Electric Code forum as well as a DIY forum...

Stupid questions asked stupidly are definitely stupid questions.

Stupid questions asked with the obvious willingness to learn are more tolerable but still stupid

Again, Thanks!!!
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Would Bluetooth speakers be in sync with an internal iMac speaker?
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Would Bluetooth speakers be in sync with an internal iMac speaker?
Yes, they should, but I have noticed that when you select multiple speakers in iTunes, sometimes they're not in perfect sync.
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my favorite quote on the subject:

"There is no such thing as a stupid question... remember, however, that there are those perverse people who delight in giving stupid answers."
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