iTunes 10: About playing music with AirPlay
AirPlay-enabled output devices, like AirPort Express, work with iTunes 10 to allow you to listen to your content all around your home.
How to use AirPlay
Just plug your stereo system or speakers into the audio port on your AirPort Express using an audio cable or have your AirPlay-enabled output devices connect to the same local network as your iTunes library.
When you open iTunes 10 or later on your Mac or PC, you'll see an AirPlay button at the bottom right-hand corner of the iTunes window.Clicking on the AirPlay button will let you control where you stream your content.
Add AirPlay to your current network
Simply connect your stereo system to the audio port on your AirPort Express using an audio cable and plug it into an electrical outlet. Once this is done, AirPlay wirelessly links to your existing network, letting you play your music in your room of choice with AirPlay-enabled output devices without moving anything or connecting anything else.
AirPlay-enabled output devices other than AirPort Express may connect to the network in other ways. Refer to the instructions from the manufacturer for more details.
Listening through multiple speakers
With AirPlay and iTunes 10 or later, you can listen to music through your computer speakers and multiple AirPlay outputs.
The maximum number of outputs are three to six in typical conditions. The number that works for you will depend on your environmental conditions (such as building composition and local radio interference), distance to the outputs, and available network capacity relative to your other usage.
Controlling multiple speakers
You can use the Multiple Speakers window to control the relative volume of your output devices.
The sound coming out of your AirPlay output device may sound louder or softer because of on the accoustic characteristics of the area in which it is placed. The sound being outputted may sound different even in comparison to the sound output from the same device placed in a different area.
If you set the softest output to most closely match the Master Volume, when you adjust the Master Volume, you have more precise control over that output.
You can adjust Master Volume in the Multiple Speakers window or by using the main volume control in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window:
Louder AirPlay outputs can be set to a lower volume to better control the extra power.
Controlling playback on the go
The Remote app allows you to control iTunes or Apple TV from your iOS device. If you are streaming from your iTunes library and step away from the computer, take your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with you to control the iTunes library.
- For additional information about AirPort Express, see the AirPort Express web page. Note: AirPort Express requires compatible stereo system or powered speakers for audio output.
- For a video explaining AirPlay and AirPlay setup, visit Find out how.
- For a list of featured partners in AirPlay, click here.
- For questions about the AirPort Express, visit AirPort Express frequently asked questions (FAQ).
- For information about Apple TV and AirPlay, read Apple TV: Using AirPlay.
- To download Remote, click here. Note: Remote is a free download from the App Store.