Air play questions

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by MattGintx, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. MattGintx macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    I'm a windows media center guy and know little about airplay :)

    I've been toying with the idea of adding airplay to my setup and had a few questions

    I would like to be able to control airplay with my iphone or iPad. I always have one of them with me

    Currently I have all my music on my main htpc server that sits in a closet. If I put airport expresses or apple tvs in all the rooms I want my music in can I stream the music from my main htpc to all the "zones"? Will I be able to control the music playback with my iPhone? I don't want to have to go back to the main htpc to change anything.

    I have airplay setup so that I can go from my ipad to my windows media centers. Is there a way to go from one media center to the other using airplay if i have iTunes running on both machines? Again is there a way to control it with e iPhone?

  2. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2011
    If you connect you itunes home sharing to the same apple idnas the home sharing of the apple tv you can stream np

    Apple release an app that can control the apple tv. It's called remote

    Sent from my iPad2 using Tapatalk
  3. MattGintx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    What about controlling the airport express via iPhone? I don't have a digital audio connection in every room.
  4. posnera macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2010
    Remote will work for streaming audio from the main computer (running itunes) to multiple expresses and or apple TVs.
    Watch from about the 3 minute mark.
  5. MattGintx, Jun 21, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2011

    MattGintx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Im either retarded or just not understanding the capabilities of airplay. Im trying to get a sonos type experience without spending a ton of money.

    I have multiple computers (HTPC's) in a closet each connected to a TV in different rooms. What i want to do is use my iphone or ipad to control the music in each room.

    I have been able to get itunes home sharing to play music that is specifically on that rooms itunes library with the remote app on my iphone.

    What i want to do is be able to turn on multiple rooms all playing the same music (from a single computers itunes library) with my iphone. I believe this would work if i purchased an airport express for each Television. That isnt something i want to do however.... Seems like a computer running itunes should be able to do this?

    I just want to be able to run an app and be able to select what rooms are going to play the music
  6. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Ya, whole house or multiple rooms is not an Airplay feature. You can do a single room with tremendous remote control from your ipod\ipad\iphone. Or, just look at a multizone receiver.
  7. MattGintx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Well that stinks. I thought u could play the same song in multiple rooms just not different songs in rooms. Oh well back to the drawing board I guess

    Thanks for the replies
  8. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    No, no, no. That is certainly possible with Airplay.

    You will need an Airplay-compatible device connected to each set of speakers you wish to use. (Duh..)

    But in the lower right corner of the iTunes window is the Airplay button. Simply select this and then choose "multiple speakers"
  9. MattGintx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Debref: very cool link. It throws a monkey wrench in my plans. I'm now able to have all my htpc's recognized as AirPlay speakers meaning I can control all of them from the remote app. To make things even better through iTunes I can select multiple speakers and control multiple rooms at the same time! Only bad thing is I can't control the multiple speaker selection with my iPhone. Any fixes for that part :)
  10. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    Well darn, your right! I just tested this and it works just fine... Hot dog.
  11. MattGintx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011

    Originally I was trying AirPlay through the iPod which didn't allow multiple speakers. Tried it in the remote app and I can select which "zones" I want music in

    Thanks a ton everyone !
  12. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    I wonder, does video streaming work the same way, or is it just music?
  13. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    unless im mistaken, so far it has only allowed me to select 1 target for airplay video. unless someone else knows a way to select multiple.....

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