Playing music remotely

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by nbedros, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. nbedros macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2010

    Sharing my music across LAN is not a problem, but I'm looking for a way to execute the mp3 (located on my Windows desktop) from my MBA to have it play on the desktop speakers. The Remote app works okay from my iPhone with homesharing enabled, but I'd like to do that from my MBA.

    I don't mind switching from iTunes to any other program on my desktop if you know a better solution. I would prefer not having to buy anything, but I'm open to suggestions.

  2. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    Have you considered something like this?

    If you run an AirPlay client on the Windows machine, it will be seen by the iTunes on your MBA. Then you can play your music through the desktop speakers. Granted, this doesn't give you access to the *music* on your Windows machine, but it at least comes up with something worthwhile that Windows can do... I keed! I keed! :D
  3. nbedros thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2010
    Thanks so much for the help!

    That option didn't quite work, but it got me looking in the right direction and Shairport4w was recommended. With homesharing enabled on my desktop's iTunes library, I can now stream from iTunes on the MBA and have the sound play through the desktop's speakers. Installed Shairport4w and the AirPlay icon popped up right away on the MBA.

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