Mountain Lion AirPlay to AirPort Express?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by carldavidguta, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Does it work? Or just audio to Apple TV 2?
  2. macrumors 601

    Airport express doesn't do video - only the Apple TV 2 can do that right now.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Yep, working for me. It sees and streams to both of my airport expresses.

  4. macrumors member

    Does that mean that you can now stream all audio to AIRPORT EXPRESS? Is there still the same delay of about 2 seconds like in previous uses?
  5. macrumors 6502

    I am very much interested in that too.
    On an iOS device when I watch a video posted on facebook it opens the youtube app and the audio plays perfectly synced through my airport express. Does it work similarly in Mountain Lion when I watch a youtube video in Safari or chrome? (I use Chrome, so support only for Safari would be useless for me)

    Hope somebody will try this. I tried to install ML to my 8GB USB flash drive, but it didn't work. I guess the flash drive is too small :(
  6. macrumors member

    edit: nothing...
  7. macrumors member

    works perfectly through express, for example play a movie in movist and it works out the delay for you
  8. macrumors 6502a

    For the love of God I can not make my computer see any of my two Airport Expresses. I've installed Mountain Lion on an external Firewire disk of my 2.4 C2D Mac Mini (mid 2010), so probably the hardware requirements for Airplay Display Mirroring and Airplay sound output only have been set exactly the same. Unfortunately I have no computer with a CoreWhatever processor and Firewire to try it out.

    So, to anyone who got it working - what are your CPU specs?

    Since expecting the same firepower for the sound-only feature as for the full live video is just plain silly, I hope somebody at Apple will iron it out and make the Airplay functionality distinguish between sound and video...
  9. macrumors 6502


    What about playing a youtube video in Chrome?
  10. pmz
    macrumors 68000

    I'd love to answer your question, but I have absolutely no idea what you said.
  11. macrumors 6502

    He said he can't see his Airport Express in ML (for Airplay Mirroring obviously) and he is wondering whether the reason for this is that his machine is running on an "old" Core2Duo processor and not on a Core-i-processor.

    Anyway, did someone try to play a youtube video in chrome and have the sound transmitted to an Airport Express?
  12. macrumors newbie

    I have the same problem. I have no difficulties transmitting audio via iTunes, but i don't have the option to transmit system sound via Airplay.

    Maybe it's because my Airport Express doesn't have 802.11n functionality?
  13. macrumors 6502

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    What processor do you have? Core2Duo or Core-iX?
    And isn't the a knowledge page about these new features on apple's developers page?
  14. macrumors newbie

    I have 13" mid 2010 Macbook Pro, so it's a C2D
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Thanks, I didn't know my English is THAT bad.
    Yes. Apparently any kind of systemwide Airplay (sound and/or video) expects a Core-i. This is just plain silly, since my iTunes work flawlessly transmitting sound to my AE's.

    There is, but it only covers screen Airplay Mirroring regarding the specs of the computer.
  16. macrumors newbie

    You sure about that? The first time i installed ML i saw the option to play audio via Airplay in System Settings, but now there's no option.
    You sure it isn't just a bug in ML?
  17. macrumors 6502a


    For what it's worth, I have a c2d proc and I have the option to stream to both my Airport Expresses. They are both of the 802.11n variety though...
  18. macrumors newbie

    I have a question about streaming to Airport Express from Mountain Lion when the audio output of the Airport is connected via optical: can you still use the system volume control in this situation? (I ask because in the past I have used the optical output of a mac mini and the system volume became greyed out, although iTunes volume control still worked.)
  19. macrumors 6502

    Yes - you can stream audio to a very old Airport Express. No it does not sync the sound when you play audio. Performance is almost identical to using iTunes or Airfoil. Unlike Airfoil, you can't stream the audio on an app-per-app basis.
  20. macrumors newbie

    How do I get my devices (Airport Express/Apple TV) to show under sound settings?
  21. macrumors 6502


    Do you need the newest Airport Express to stream music from Youtube without delay or is the previous n-version ok?
  22. macrumors newbie

    Just hold down the Option key and then click the volume icon and your devices will shop up there.
  23. macrumors 6502

    You, sir, are a bleeping genius!
    I switch audio devices all the time (I record music but also use my audio interfaces for music playback) and I never knew that worked that way!
    Bravo for saving me a trip to system preferences!
  24. macrumors 6502a


    Awesome. Looks like my 2010 C2D mini (same machine as the guy above me) will get this feature then. I have a wireless N AirPort Express (previous model) plugged into my stereo in my room.

    Wouldn't you think that this AirPlaying audio feature would see any AirPlay device, though? If it could, I could stream audio to my speakers, and another computer in my room for surround sound. :cool:

    Can you stream audio to multiple AirPlay devices, or only one at a time? If it is not limited to a single device, there could be a lot of cool stuff to do with this feature. :D
  25. macrumors newbie

    I'm having problems with Airplay from iTunes after updating to Mountain Lion yesterday. Before the update (with Lion) I was able to play sound to an Airport Express flawlessly from iTunes. Now, with the same hardware, same network, nothing else has changed besides Lion -> ML, I get "stutter" (it skips or pauses every 2-3 seconds). My partner's Mac, which is still running Lion, also still works flawlessly. Any ideas?

    I didn't know about the system-wide Airplay feature in Mountain Lion, I'll have to give that a try to see if it makes any difference.

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