Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: In a van down by the river
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This is Apple's AirPlay shines. It's built into Late iOS 4 and all late iOS 5 iPhones and iPads. It will redirect all device level audio to any AirPlay receiving devices. The AirPlay receiver can be any of the following:
An AirPlay compatible receiver (like Denon)
An AppleTV 2nd gen (or a hacked 1st gen)
An Apple Airport Express
Any Mac or PC running Airfoil Speakers 5, which will turn that machine into an AirPlay compatible receiving device (free trial)
Another iPhone/iPad running an AirPlay compatible receiver app (third party)
You can mute all device level audio - like text tones, email tones - by switching that devices mute switch to on. It will leave the audio stream intact. Phone calls will still cut the audio.
Additionally, you can use the Remote app (Apple) to control iTunes to stream directly to an AirPlay device. Or us Remote app to coordinate media playback on an AppleTV.
Range is only a problem if your Wifi access point isn't close to the back yard. Wifi will be better than Bluetooth for range and audio quality.
I use this solution almost daily. Just this evening I used my iPhone to stream NPR to my patio speakers while at my grill making dinner, and switched to Rhapsody once I had enough doom and gloom of NPR.