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With the release of iTunes 10.1, Apple introduced AirPlay. AirPlay is based on a previous technology from Apple called AirTunes, which allowed you to stream music from your iTunes library to AirPort Express wifi devices. But now that it's been revamped as AirPlay, a whole world of options has opened up. Not only does AirPlay allow you to stream your iTunes music to an AirPort Express device, but you can also stream audio and video to an Apple TV, or to any number of other third-party products that are quickly appearing on the market. So you'll be able to stream your iTunes content to speakers in another room of your house or through your main entertainment system.
And the beauty of AirPlay is that it requires virtually no set up. As long as your devices are all on the same local network, iTunes will find them, and you'll immediately be able to play your content through them. All you have to do is go to iTunes > Preferences, or if you're on Windows, go to to Edit > Preferences. And under the Devices tab, check Look for remote speakers connected with AirPlay. Now, if you want to be able to select and play your iTunes connect from AirPlay devices, like from an Apple TV, you can also check Allow iTunes control from remote speakers. This is a good feature to select if your AirPlay device is in another room, because it lets you access and choose from your iTunes library without having to be in front of your computer.
So, we'll click OK, and that's all there is to it. Notice this button that not appears in the lower right-hand corner of the iTunes window. When I click it, I can choose to play my iTunes content either through my computer, through my Apple TV, or through my AirPort Express, which is called Living Room because that's where it is. We even have the option to select multiple speakers. This allows you to stream your content to multiple devices simultaneously, which is a great feature that can let you hear your music throughout your house wherever you have an AirPlay device installed. So, let's see how this works. I'm going to start some music playing.
(Music playing.) So right now this music is playing through my computer. I'll come down here, and I'll select Apple TV. So even though you can't hear it anymore right now, my music is now playing through my Apple TV, and you can see its progress displayed up here in the center display. You can see that it is playing. I can now control the audio playback just as I can when it's playing through my computer, although now I'm controlling the playback through my Apple TV. So, I could click the next song, I could pause it, I could scrub through to the middle of the song.
And the same thing would apply if I had selected my AirPort Express to play my content through. Now, let's select a video. I'll go to Movies and let me switch back to playing this through my computer first. So I'll go ahead and double-click the movie to play it. (Music playing.) (Doyald Young: To learn to draw a letter well takes a long time.) So maybe, for example, I was watching the video on my laptop, but then I want to start watching this on my tv. I just need to, again, select my Apple TV, and you'll notice that we have this button here in the playback controls.
I'll select Apple TV. And now when I play the video again, it's going to be playing through my Apple TV, and I just see this Apple TV icon here on my screen. But you can see up here in the center display that it is in fact playing. So here on my computer I don't see the video playing, but I can control its playback as before. But just so you know, you can play your video through multiple devices just like you can with music. Let me go ahead an close this for the moment. So just select Multiple Speakers, and in this window that opens, check the devices you want to play your content through.
So with both computer and Apple TV checked, when I play my video, it will now display on my computer screen and through my Apple TV. I could also select my AirPort Express, even though it's an audio-only device and the audio from the video will play through it. But just know that there will be a lag between the video and the audio when you play it through an AirPort Express. So don't expect that you can watch a movie with the audio coming through an AirPort Express. You'll need to have an Apple TV or another dedicated video device which is able to keep the audio and video tracks synced together. But you'll notice with all three of these items checked, it says 3 Speakers down here next to the AirPlay icon.
So if you have a large house with lots of AirPlay devices all throughout it, you can have the same music playing through your entire house. So that's the new AirPlay feature found in iTunes 10.1. If you have an Apple TV or other AirPlay-enabled device, you're really going to love this feature. If you don't an AirPlay-enabled device, this is a great time to get one.
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