Airport Express Question

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  1. Dr Strangelove macrumors regular

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    I have been searching high and low for this answer and cannot seem to find it. If I purchase an Airport Express for streaming music from iTunes, is it it's own dedicated music receiver in that I can choose different music to play on it than what is playing on another airport or itunes directly?

    Or do the airport extremes simply only stream what is playing iTunes and not their own stream?
     
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

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    They stream what is playing in iTunes. You have to select which speakers to output to inside of iTunes. It will only let you output the sound to one set of speakers at a time.
     
  3. Dr Strangelove thread starter macrumors regular

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    Damn, then this does not server my purpose... I guess I do need to look at getting an Apple TV then.
     
  4. teiresias macrumors regular

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    I can output sound to my iMac and my Airport Express at the same time without any issue. I don't think there is an issue streaming to more than one Airtunes device at a time - though I only own the one Airport Express so I can't really test this.

    You are correct that it only streams what is currently playing on the host iTunes and doesn't allow for different "streams" to be sent to different locations.

    However, will the AppleTV actually solve this problem? Can the AppleTV be streaming music from your iTunes library and playing it locally on the AppleTV while the host machine plays something different and possibly sends it out to another airtunes device?
     
  5. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    Unless something changed, there is absolutely no problem streaming to more than one at a time.

    I've streamed music to three different Airport Expresses (in addition to the computer speakers) at the same time. Very convenient to walk around from room to room with seamless music playing everywhere.
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Should be able to. You can do so from shared iTunes libraries...
     
  7. Dr Strangelove thread starter macrumors regular

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    So wait a second, I could make multiple libraries that are shared and stream different stuff to my airport express stations?
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not from the same Mac. You can only play one iTunes song at a time on a Mac, so that is what would be streamed via Airport Express to speakers.
     
  9. statik13 macrumors regular

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    What about if you have two log in accounts on a single Mac? Then you can have two copies of iTunes running, each one pointing at a different Airport Express.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can only have one account logged in at a time. As soon as you log in to one account, the music from the other account stops.
     
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    That totally works as long as you enable Fast User Switching. I just tested the theory.

    Another solution would be to buy AirFoil and then use VLC or Quicktime itself to playback as many songs as you'd like. AirFoil can stream music to multiple Airport Expresses from multiple audio sources on your Mac.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I just tested it. If you're using the computer speakers, the music stops as soon as you log into the 2nd account. If you're streaming via Airport Express, it keeps playing, but won't allow the 2nd user to stream to the same AE. So if you have multiple AEs, it would work.
     
  13. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Exactly. He could also stream music to the APX and play music through the computer speakers at the same time if he wants to use his Mac's speakers (or line out) as the second audio source.

    Cheaper & harder solution:
    Stream music from iTunes to APX, use Fast User Switching to switch to other account and play music through iTunes to computer speakers.

    More Expensive & Easier solution:
    Buy AirFoil. Done.

    In either case you can always buy multiple APX's to stream to.
     
  14. Dr Strangelove thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not sure if this even matters but the itunes server is Windows Vista not Mac.

    I m am still just considering going with an Apple Tv instead for the living room, I just don't know....lol.
     

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