How can I stream audio from several PCs (or one external-hard-drive-based music library) to my downstairs stereo?
You Are Not My Tech Support - BUT - I've been trying to research this, but I'm totally confused. I have a massive collection of mp3s and CDs - my CDs' musty smell bother the wife so they must stay in the basement, my mp3s are on the upstairs computers (Win XP and Vista), , and my nice stereo that we use for "family music listening" is on the 1st floor, as is a clunky Dell Inspiron laptop.
I'm trying to cook up a system where I can rip my CDs and consolidate them with my mp3 collection, store them on a nice big external hard-drive, and then stream it to the 1st floor stereo. We already have our own wifi network.
Is it as simple as buying an Airport Extreme, using the headphone out to the stereo's line in, and then using iTunes on the Inspiron to control what goes to the stereo? Does the Airport play well with PCs? (This thread
indicates I might need a program called Airfoil - I'm more than happy to pay $25 for that, if need be.)
(and if it helps/complicates matters, wifey will have an iPad by Xmas)