Anyway to stop iTunes from checking if speakers are hooked up?

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  1. bug macrumors regular

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    #1
    So I just got a dedicated external DAC to run the optical from my airport express to.

    Now in iTunes whenever I start a song when there hasn't been anything playing for a few seconds I get the "No speakers are connected" message and the song starts playing anyway, but its really annoying because I have to click 'OK' every time.

    I know what is happening - the airport express stops running any digital signal when no music has been playing for a while, my DAC starts cycling through its inputs to check for a live signal, and then when I press play again it takes a moment for the airport express and the DAC to sync up and start playing.

    I don't have to press play twice, I just press play, get the stupid "no speakers connected" message, and the music starts playing anyway. ...so since iTunes reporting this to me is certainly not helping - is there any way to just tell it to shut up and play regardless of if it thinks there are speakers hooked up or not?

    ...or better yet, is there a way to force the airport express to maintain a digital sync with an external DAC even when no songs are playing?

    Thanks!
     
  2. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    I presume you've tried unchecking "look for remote speakers" under Prefs > Advanced ? (although it may not play at all then...)
     
  3. bug thread starter macrumors regular

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    ...yeah, unfortunately then I just don't get the option to play through my airport express at all.

    I think the solution is just to play music 100% of the time ;-)
     
  4. lordj4000 macrumors member

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    Here's a less elegant solution. Disable remote speakers in iTunes and then download Airfoil and use that to send the music to your airport express. I believe it costs $25 though :(
     
  5. bug thread starter macrumors regular

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    That looks like a pretty nice program actually. Thanks for the tip!
     

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