Airplay, much more functionality than just streaming


Airplay, it is more than just playing around with songs on your I-tunes to different devices. It is a source of high quality music wirelessly to your receiver or Airplay enabled docking station. Sure Airplay has been on the market for a while, but here is something you might not know:

Say you have one set of speakers in your bedroom, one in the office, and one in the living room. For the ultimate sonic panorama, you can stream your tunes to more than one room simultaneously, so you’ll never lose the beat, no matter where you are in the house. Just choose Multiple Speakers from the Airplay menu in iTunes. 

Airplay works over Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection, or a combination of both. So you can stream music directly from your home network if you’re near an Ethernet port or connect wirelessly if you’re not.

Airplay does more than just stream your music to external speakers. It streams information about your music, too. Song titles, artists, album names, elapsed and remaining time, and album artwork all appear on Airplay-enabled speakers with graphical displays.

A Zeppelin Air wall, 8 Zeppelin units playing the same Airplay source at the same time. Hearing this at the 2012 ISE show was amazing, PA like sound stage with crisp B&W quality
Here is some simple steps to setup a multiroom Airplay System:

Step 1:

Gets a proper wireless network running. Get a specialist to install one if you do not have one yet. To ensure streaming without frustration this is the most important step

Step 2:

Get Airplay Enabled devices. Most popular at this will are the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin Air, which has build in Wi-Fi as well as a hard network link. The Zeppelin Air can also be mounted against a wall to save space. New Denon and Marantz Home Theatre Receivers will support Airplay, but needs to be hard wired to your router to be able to receive streaming from you Airplay source.

Step 3:

Make sure you have I-Tunes 10 or above on your Mac or Windows laptop. Also ensure that you have correctly setup your network and that both laptop and Airplay devices falls under the same wireless network and IP range. (If you do not know how to do this, call your local IT specialist).

Step 4:

Open I-Tunes, you will find an Airplay button on the bottom right hand side. 
Click it.

It will give a pop-up menu. Click on Multiple Speakers

It will give you a list of Airplay enabled speakers or devices on your network. From here you will be able to click on each individual device to enable streaming. You can also independently manage the volume for each device.
So there you go, a great sounding multiroom project which you will be able to setup in most existing homes.

Airplay is not just another useless  gadget; it is a practical and usable way to stream music to multiple rooms with little effort, and no compromise on the quality of the sound.