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Is there an app to turn a mini into an Airport Express?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Anyone know of an application that will replicate the remote speaker functionality of an Airport Express on a Mac? I'd like to broadcast iTunes to my bedroom (which has a mini) without using my AE.
post #2 of 13
This isn't exactly the same thing as an Airport Express but see if this will fit your needs.

Leave iTunes running on your Mac with the music library you want to listen to and set it to "Share my library on my local network" in the Preferences menu (under Sharing). Then set the one in your bedroom to "Look for shared libraries" and it should come up there. You can share your entire library or selected playlists. That should do it.
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post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
What I'm looking for is to stream tunes synchronously throughout the house. Remote controlling iTunes in another room doesn't fit that bill.

It doesn't appear that the software that I want actually exists. Bummer.
post #5 of 13
How about Nicecast? - you would just leave it running on the mini I guess - and broadcast whatever your playing from iTunes elsewhere.

http://www.rogueamoeba.com/nicecast/
post #6 of 13
The Airport Express (802.11g) price has dropped from $129 to $99 in the Apple Online and Retail Stores. There must be a newer (802.11n) Express model in the pipeline...Still, this would be as reasonable a solution as any other suggested. Just add one to the bedroom...
post #7 of 13
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How about Nicecast?

That wouldn't be in sync, so it wouldn't help Andrew.

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The Airport Express (802.11g) price has dropped from $129 to $99 in the Apple Online and Retail Stores.

And it's often been available for that price as a refurb...

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Still, this would be as reasonable a solution as any other suggested

well, no other "solution" has been suggested.

And I understand Andrew's point--if you've just spent $600 or $700 to put a mini in another room, hooked up to the TV and stereo there--it isn't unreasonable to think that there would be an Apple-delivered solution in software which could emulate the Airtunes in-sync streaming (local and multiple locations all in sync) that you get with an Airport Express.

If I just spent $700 to network a bedroom with a mini, I wouldn't be eager to drop another $99 for an Express, either.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by chefklc View Post

If I just spent $700 to network a bedroom with a mini, I wouldn't be eager to drop another $99 for an Express, either.

I have an express, but I was hoping I could remove it from the equation. I have three macs spread around the house, it would be nice if I could play audio on one of them and have the same audio on the other two. I guess I could pick up an FM transmitter on ebay, but it would then probably be cheaper to purchase another AE or two.
post #9 of 13
I'm also interested in making my Mac Mini identify as an iTunes "Remote Speakers".

I have an older Airport Express 6.3, which is not reliable, unfortunately. When I first got it and streamed music to it from my upstairs Windows iTunes during a party, it would inevitably skip, drop out, restart songs, etc. Great. So I hard-wired my entire home network, including the Airport Express, with Gigabit ethernet. I configured my AirPort Express to NOT use Wifi, and instead use Ethernet, and got it working with iTunes. The drop-outs and skips went away, but now I get pops and stutters when I play through the AirPort Express. Total piece of junk.

I'm using my Mac Mini to play the shared iTunes library on my Windows box now. In this capacity, no drop-outs, no skips, no clicks, no pops! Joy! But my challange of the month is, how do I remote-control this? Signal? Remote Buddy? Neither integrates well when you are playing exclusively from a shared library. Great.

But if I could somehow have my Mac Mini identify as a pair of Remote Speakers in iTunes, it would be interesting to see how it works.

-Jeff
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by jishaq View Post

I'm also interested in making my Mac Mini identify as an iTunes "Remote Speakers".

I have an older Airport Express 6.3, which is not reliable, unfortunately. When I first got it and streamed music to it from my upstairs Windows iTunes during a party, it would inevitably skip, drop out, restart songs, etc. Great. So I hard-wired my entire home network, including the Airport Express, with Gigabit ethernet. I configured my AirPort Express to NOT use Wifi, and instead use Ethernet, and got it working with iTunes. The drop-outs and skips went away, but now I get pops and stutters when I play through the AirPort Express. Total piece of junk.

I'm using my Mac Mini to play the shared iTunes library on my Windows box now. In this capacity, no drop-outs, no skips, no clicks, no pops! Joy! But my challange of the month is, how do I remote-control this? Signal? Remote Buddy? Neither integrates well when you are playing exclusively from a shared library. Great.

But if I could somehow have my Mac Mini identify as a pair of Remote Speakers in iTunes, it would be interesting to see how it works.

-Jeff

Have you looked at Airfoil? The 3.0 version includes Remote Speakers which is a small app you install on all the computers in your network and you can stream audio from any app (Quicktime, iTunes, Garageband, Safari, etc.) as long as their on the same network. Works great.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Cclear View Post

Try netTunes - http://www.shirt-pocket.com/netTunes...scription.html

Screen Sharing under Leopard is a better solution for remote iTunes Control IMO. But neither one solves Andrew's problem.
post #12 of 13
Can't tell if this has been mentioned, but could you set up the other two Macs that you want to use as "Expresses" to connect to the source Mac through VNC? Then, when you play music on the source Mac, the other two Macs will play the same song.

Not sure if VNC supports audio and whether there would be a lag. If I have time, maybe I'll do a quick experiment.

ft
post #13 of 13
Airfoil works great for this, already mentioned, but I thought I would add my vote. I use it on my Mac Mini to integrate into home music system so everything is in synch.
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