Can iTunes be streamed on an AirPort Extreme?

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  1. PaulinMaryland macrumors regular

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    I've read that "only the Airport Express" is automatically recognized by iTunes. Does this mean that Airport Extreme is not?
     
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    The Airport Extreme Basestation(s) do not have any audio out connectors so there would be no point streaming audio to them.
     
  4. PaulinMaryland thread starter macrumors regular

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    A/V connectors

    Ah, now I get it: With the Express and an iPod, you can listent to music while your computer is off. Correct?
     
  5. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    No you need your computer on to use the Express.
     
  6. PaulinMaryland thread starter macrumors regular

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    Then I'm still missing something.

    With the Express, the A/V cables would convey your iTunes from your Mac to the router, and from there to your stereo, which presumably sound better than your Mac speakers?

    While with the Extreme, your iTunes would just play over your your Mac's built-in or external speakers?

    Is that the difference?
     
  7. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    They are both wireless routers. So wirelessly itunes sends the music to the express which has Audio out on it which is connected to your stereo. With the extreme it is just like any other router and does not play music, so you use itunes like you always do.
     
  8. jmsait19 macrumors 6502

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    The AirPort Extreme is just a router. It has nothing to do with iTunes. It just a fancy looking router, just like any of the Belkin or Linksys out there. It has a little extra functionality, but none concerning iTunes.


    The Express is different though. With this your computer plays your iTunes wirelessly to the Express, which you then connect via 1/8" stereo mini out to the input of your stereo. That is how you play wirelessly.

    BTW, pardon if 'wirelessly' isn't a real word

    EDIT: Trainguy beat me, so yea, what he said too
     
  9. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I used it too :)
     
  10. PaulinMaryland thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK. It seems, then, that the Express would be of value when the stereo is in a different room from the Mac. Which of course, many of you already knew. I was thinking in terms of my daughter's dorm room, which will have Mac speakers but no stereo, and wondering, "What on earth is the point"?
     
  11. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Your computer's sounds won't play out of the stereo connected to the AirPort. iTunes supports up to 3 seperate songs playing in different parts of the house at the same time.
     
  12. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Uh....

    You sure about that?

    I interpreted it as your one computer (via iTunes) can stream ONE song to up to three airport EXPRESSES at a time.

    NO way you can play more than one song at a time via iTunes.
     
  13. balamw Moderator

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    Although if that behaviour is desirable, Airfoil is your friend...

    http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/mac/

    B
     
  14. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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