What is airtunes and why is it supposed to make my new Apple TV that much cooler?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Rm.237, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Rm.237 macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Im a new Apple TV owner and am really just kind of confused on how to both access this feature and what it exactly does. Layman terms please. :p
  2. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001

    In this case, iTunes on your home computer can output music straight to the Apple TV. Instead of outputting to your computer speakers, you can choose "Apple TV"

    The menu is on the bottom of the iTunes window. see attachment.

    What's nice is that it also sends the Album art and song information to the Apple TV so it appears on the Apple TV like normal. And you can use the Apple TV remote to advance or go to previous song.

    Attached Files:

  3. cgray24 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2007
    whats the difference than just selecting the music from the Apple TV and streaming it?
  4. knpm macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2005
    aside from music from your itunes library, you can now use the radio function of itunes. that was something that was not available prior to this update.
  5. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    Well... this is GREAT news for iPhone or iPod touch owners.

    Now, your iPod touch or iPhone can control your Apple TV (although your computer has to be on).

    1) Grab this: http://www.alloysoft.com/
    2) Install it on your Mac or PC
    3) Open Safari on your iPod touch or iPhone and enter the specified address
    4) Control iTunes

    Make sure you've set up iTunes to play through the Apple TV. Of course, it should be noted that this only works with music but still, kinda cool.

    Ta Da!!!!
  6. severe macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007


    How are you streaming the album art and song information? I'm getting the audio to stream, but getting "Untitled:Unknown Artist:Unknown Album" on the TV.
  7. zathras macrumors member


    Nov 6, 2005
    North AL
    Hmmm I'm not able to get it to work apparently - my iTunes just sits at connecting to aTV when I select it. I do have airtunes enabled also. Oh well I'm sure it will clear up eventually.
  8. Elektronkind macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2003
    Baltimore, MD
    The advantage here is that, from a audio-only perspective, it's no longer necessary to turn on your TV in order to operate Apple TV. If all I want to do is play music on my stereo system, I just pop open iTunes and stream my music to the Apple TV. This makes the Apple TV a perfect replacement for the Airport Express in that regard.

    This is the one feature that has kept my from buying a Apple TV. My TV is actually a HD projector, and I don't like to have to fire that up just to play music on my attached stereo system (I do this now with a Airport Express). Now with Take 2 of the Apple TV, I can now do video and maintain the same functionality I have had with the AP Express.

  9. Rm.237 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Thanks arn and others for the replies. The link provided also answered some other questions I had regarding a setting up a wireless network. Timecapsule cannot get here soon enough.
  10. lord patton macrumors 65816

    lord patton

    Jun 6, 2005
    Yes, huzzah! Between this and remote buddy, surely one will work well (can you give us your experience, ClassicBean?). And with the SDK around the corner, I bet there will be one or two new ways to do this.

    I don't have to fire up the tv, *and* I can rent movies with it? That's it. Now I have to have one.
  11. mensrea macrumors member

    Sep 11, 2006
    La$ Vega$, NV
    Also, don't forget you can use mutiple systems as the ultimate and cheapest multiilink system available!!!!

  12. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I didn't do anything special, the art just showed up.

  13. davak macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2007
  14. tburns macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2007
    Multiple speakers

    I use multiple airport express' for different parts/zones of my house. Unfortunately I can put itunes on multiple speakers but the furthest express is just a little to far away to get a constant stream. Can you use the apple tv and other express' at the same time? I realize that I would have to keep the apple tv on the the 802.11g because airport express in not 802.11n compatible. To switch the subject a little, I use an airport express as a base station but am replacing with Time Capsule. My main objective is to play music from itunes in all zones simultaneously. So I am hoping Time Capsule
    will cover a bit more distance in the 802.11g format because I am still using airport express' in different zones. My last thought is Apple says Time capsule will work with your iphone, I hope people realize they cannot do that in the 802.11n, iphone is only 802.11g compatible. The End
  15. supercooled macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2007
    Can't AppleTV already do that w/o the Airtunes hardware? I assumed it was possible; very much in the way another computer on the same network could share iTunes library of another computer on the same network. I either have completely misinterpret the original question and your response or something because I don't see a very practical application for the Airtunes device outside of using it to send songs to your stereo system without a computer.
  16. legacyb4 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002
    Vancouver, BC
    Very nice. I think I'll have to give that a try.


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