Is Apple ever going to add AirTunes to the AirPort Extreme and/or Time Capsule?

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  1. devburke Guest

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    Why this glaring omission? I mean, they don't really expect everyone that buys an Extreme or TC to spend an extra $100 just for AirTunes, do they?
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Probably not, since a/v support what the :apple:tv is all about (it supports AirTunes).
     
  3. devburke thread starter Guest

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    But that's an entirely different product. I mean, they offer AirTunes in their lowest-end router, the AirPort Express. I'd buy that on top of an Extreme before throwing down for an ATV. It just doesn't make sense to me that they would have something like that ONLY on the cheapest model.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I think the reason they have it only on the express is because its nice and small box.
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    AirTunes is overrated. It's no good for video.
     
  6. OllyW Moderator

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    It isn't supposed to do video. AirTunes is just a relatively inexpensive solution for wireless multiroom music systems.
     
  7. cube macrumors G5

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    I see it as a locked audio solution. It is useless to open it with AirFoil for video.
     
  8. OllyW Moderator

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    But Apple makes no claims for the AirPort Express to support video. It doesn't even have any video outputs.
     
  9. cube macrumors G5

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    Audio from video. You can only use the AirFoil video player, which is no good for TV tuners and web videos.
     
  10. OllyW Moderator

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    I wouldn't imagine the market for listening to the audio track of a video that is playing in a different room is that great. You probably need something more specialised for your needs.

    Apple only promote AirTunes as a feature that works with iTunes. It does what it is supposed to do really well and is inexpensive for what it does.

    It obviously isn't the right product for you.
     
  11. cube macrumors G5

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    There is no dock for the MacBooks. I just want to listen the audio in the same room without having to connect any more wires. A lot of people would also want to do this.
     
  12. OllyW Moderator

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    I don't think Apple are going to give you what you want. AirTunes has been around for 5 years and still only officially supports audio from iTunes.

    You either need third party software or alternative hardware to met your needs. Have you thought about Bluetooth speaker systems?
     
  13. cube macrumors G5

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    I have a hifi system.

    If I can work around with the simple AU Lab components through another Mac, I should be able to do it without hassle through my Express without all this encryption/buffering crap.
     
  14. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    I don't think that most people would put a top-end router right next to their AV equipment, esp. when one of the routers features is a 4-port switch.

    I wonder how many people have their Internet connection, wired computers, and AV equipment all next to each other?

    I'd guess that Apple intended their solution to work like you suggested -- an Extreme running the network, and then Expresses where audio is needed.
     
  15. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    I'd like to see Airtunes on the Extreme or even the TC as well. Just makes sense to include this. There's gotta be enough room inside to include the DAC and the optical out can't take up that much space...
     
  16. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    Maybe I'm the only one. :confused:

    My setup:
    Bose Lifestyle 35
    Yamaha Receiver (powers built in speakers)
    DVR

    Motorola Cable Modem
    Airport Extreme Base Station w/ External 1tb WD HD
    Slingbox
    Airport Express w/ Air Tunes

    I was thinking how I would love if my AEBS had airtunes functionality - then I could use the Express to extend the network somewhere else.
     
  17. Wakakanada macrumors regular

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    too good

    I think the problem with Airport Express is that it does too much and people then think the other products like TC and Airport Extreme should also be as versatile. The idea with the Express was adding a network to your stereo so it can play itunes via wifi. It does this extremely well, having revitalized my 15 year old stereo. It's really a one trick pony that has a few extra tricks, I think. TC and the Extreme don't need Airtunes.
     
  18. dave999z macrumors newbie

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    if they added airtunes to TC then they wouldn't sell any more airport expresses.

    for anyone in a studio or one bedroom apt, TC should have an audio jack. it's ridiculous.
     
  19. nineohtoo macrumors 6502

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    ^But since it doesn't, I have both an AE and AEBS... plugged into the same surge protector.

    It's okay though. It allows me to run G for my iPhone and laptops that can't access N, while my MacBook enjoys the N, on top of getting my iTunes and VLC audio wireless.

    But I would pay extra money for web video support, hell even Hulu since that's what I mostly use. Now that many networks host entire seasons online in decent quality, it would be nice to be able to stream that audio to my iPod HiFi.
     
  20. ghileman macrumors regular

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    i wish they would add this to TC

    just in case anyone from Apple is listening...
     

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