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Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express


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iTunes 10 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express

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.
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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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iTunes 10 Essential Training
4h 34m Beginner Nov 10, 2010

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iTunes 10 Essential Training takes an in-depth look into the popular music and media hub from Apple. Author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to perform the core functions in iTunes: playing, purchasing, sharing, and streaming content. The course also covers specialized features such as setting parental controls, syncing with iPods, subscribing to podcasts, listening to Internet radio, using the Genius feature, the Ping social network, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Using the playback controls
  • Setting preferences
  • Understanding audio and video file formats
  • Importing from a CD
  • Managing multiple libraries
  • Building playlists and smart playlists
  • Creating playlists automatically with Genius
  • Shuffling and repeating songs
  • Burning discs to share
  • Shopping at the iTunes Store
  • Managing an iPod
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
iTunes
Author:
Garrick Chow

Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express

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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