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October 29, 2009 9:29 AM   Subscribe

Apple AirPort Express wireless music question.

I know iTunes has an option to play music via the speaker-output port on the AirPort Express base station. How do I route all of my computer's audio output through that?
posted by Jon-o to Technology (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: ...On a MacBook, OS X 10.6.1
posted by Jon-o at 9:32 AM on October 29, 2009

Best answer: Apple doesn't have it but you can get Airfoil for about $25 which will let you do that. Airfoil I am have been happy with it although sometimes YouTube videos start playing in the tv room and I scare the shit out of my roommates.
posted by edbles at 9:34 AM on October 29, 2009

Yeah, you need Airfoil to do it.
posted by General Malaise at 9:44 AM on October 29, 2009

Response by poster: I'm giving it a shot now...
posted by Jon-o at 9:47 AM on October 29, 2009

Note that airfoil will have a delay, so you won't be good at watching movies unless you use the included airfoil video player.
posted by CharlesV42 at 10:00 AM on October 29, 2009

I mean "it won't be good for"; I'm sure you'll be fine at watching them. :)
posted by CharlesV42 at 10:01 AM on October 29, 2009

Response by poster: Ok, so that's pretty cool. But when I play videos via Hulu or YouTube, with Safari selected as my source in AirFoil, there's a big delay. Solutions?
posted by Jon-o at 10:06 AM on October 29, 2009


From what I've found, there's no way around the delay within Safari. It's a limitation inherent with the AirPort Express. (More Info)
posted by upplepop at 10:33 AM on October 29, 2009

The delay isn't with Safari, its with the high latency wireless connection.

You'll have to find a video player that will let you adjust video delay, like VLC, or use the included Airfoil Video Player, then download the flash video to play in one of those players.

What you probably want is a set of wireless speakers, although you still may encounter some latency.
posted by wongcorgi at 6:43 PM on October 29, 2009

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