Possible to listen to music on ATV without visuals?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by badlydrawnboy, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. badlydrawnboy macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    Is it possible to listen to music on the ATV without the visual display on the TV, i.e. the album art and then the screensaver? Sometimes I'd just like to listen without the TV visuals.
  2. bjm2660 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    While not sure, I think it depends on how you're routing your sound output. If your sound it going out through the HDMI, but your TV is off, you're out of luck. Others should confirm this. I have an aTV3 in transit. I'll know when it arrives. :D
  3. badlydrawnboy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 20, 2003
    By accident, I turned the TV off and the music still played! Problem solved.
  4. testerdennis macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Ya sometimes once you turn your TV off there is a delay then the sound will come back on.
    HDMI to AV processor.
  5. pedz macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2007
    If your audio plays through a receiver, which the atv is plugged into then turning the tv off shouldn't affect it. When I am not using the tv I keep the receiver on with the atv input selected so I can play music whenever I want without having to turn it on. I actually programmed my harmony remote so when I turn the tv off it leaves the receiver on and switches to the atv input. Then the speakers are ready to stream music whenever we want. works really well.
  6. big samm macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2008
    My atv 3 is connected to my theatre system via hdmi so i don't need the tv on... But i need a i device to see what song im playing and control the atv.
  7. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    Remote Control app or Airplay from iOS.

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