Computer sounds other than iTunes thru Airport?

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  1. kentamcolin macrumors newbie

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    I have setup Airport to play iTunes thru my stereo but cannot figure out how to play other sounds from my Mac Pro; like Youtube, Pandora radio...

    I'm thinking this must just be a setting but I can't find anything in system preferences.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    There is no built-in option for this. Take a look at Airfoil...
     
  3. kentamcolin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bummer, which I'd have know that before buying Airport, I'd have taken a pass. I downloaded Airfoil but have not been able to get it to work as I want.

    Thanks for the tip though.
     
  4. boston04and07 macrumors 65816

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    I love Airfoil, it works great for me. What exactly are you trying to do, and how is it not working?
     
  5. kentamcolin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I want all sounds to play through my stereo, all the time. ITunes, Pandora, internet video, whatever I'm listening to. It's probably because I just don't know how to set it up that way. I thought Airport would be "plug & play" and do it all.
     
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    In Airfoil simple select "System Audio" as the source and it'll do what you want.

    I have no idea why you thought an Airport Express would do what you want. Apple clearly state it's for iTunes only: "Play iTunes music through your stereo or powered speakers using AirTunes"
     
  7. cube macrumors G5

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    AirTunes lags badly. AirFoil can't fix this in general.

    AirFoil comes with its own video player to play your local media.

    You can't use AirTunes for web videos, games, and such.

    Bad design.
     
  8. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    not really a bad design, it's got a buffer in there so that there aren't drop outs.

    iTunes has the buffer also, but the interface is delayed so that it is synced up with the audio output.

    Also, for playing videos, you can use Plex with airfoil, an OS X port of XBMC, there is an audio offset setting, so you can have the audio play before the video, which makes it in sync coming out of the speakers. setting of 2 seconds seems to be good most of the time.
     
  9. kentamcolin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It may be my fault for not inquiring further, but the statement above from Apple does not say it's "only" for iTunes. In fact, if it said iTunes only, I would have taken a pass. Thanks for the tip though, I'll give it a try. Otherwise there's always eBay...

    Anyway, I can still plug my iPhone into the stereo and listen to Pandora.
     
  10. Disc Golfer macrumors 6502a

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    This works perfectly..
     
  11. cube macrumors G5

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    Well, there is hardly a delay and dropouts with AULab.

    AirTunes does not work for browsing with embedded videos.
     
  12. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    AULab appears to be machine local. The dropouts if it were not buffered are due to the network.
     
  13. cube macrumors G5

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    AULab has Audio Units to send audio between Macs through the network.
     
  14. kentamcolin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried setting Airfoil to "System Audio" but got this message:

    "We were unable to capture all system audio. The System Audio device could not be set as system default output."
     

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