Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The ultimate AirTunes, iPhone Remote, iTunes setup

This was hoisted from comments on an post I wrote a few weeks ago. My commenter is describing the ideal multi-user iTunes/AirTunes/iTouch Remote configuration.

First from my original post ...
Gordon's Tech: Remote control of iTunes and AppleTV: will AirTunes return?

... Son of a gun, it works. It really, really works. I've been controlling my upstairs Library from my iPhone, streaming music to my AirPort express, and listening to speakers in two rooms. Years after the AirTunes hype died off, Apple finally delivered.

There's even intriguing/worrisome support for multiple libraries, which brings me to a comment from someone who's gone another step beyond me (note this only works if you wisely avoid the plague of DRM)...

The key bit of good news is that I could control my Library even when iTunes was running in a 10.4 background session.

It gets beter though. From Jan ...

It looks like Remote with iPhones/iPod Touch and AirTunes is the solution for for the multi-room audio setup I was waiting for years to come.

I installed several AirPort Express boxes with AirTunes in the rooms and installed 3 users on a mac mini with fast user switching on. All users have their own iTunes setup and have access to a central NAS Server with all the MP3 files. This won´t work with Windows because Windows won´t allow fast user switching running iTunes !

With this setup every family member is able to hear their music independently on different AirTunes outlets. It really works !
Note Jan has one set of files, but 3 libraries. So each user can sync their iPod or iPhone with their own account and save their own Address Book and preferences, but share one set of music.

Excellent. I'm going to do this one day. Note it requires that the music file be on a NAS. I knew I'd want one of those soon.

1 comment:

  1. I was excited by the calling of this musical nirvana as well, only to find it bittersweet.

    I have an Airport Extreme hosting music on an external drive, iTunes8 on Vista x64, streaming music to an Airport Express (the newer 802.11n version), all remote controlled from an iPhone. It all works for about a minute, maybe 10 minutes but then invariably it all goes so wrong.

    iTunes will randomly just stop playing music, even locally. The remote for iPhone will cause iTunes to hang and you must kill it and start it back up. Sometimes it just goes on pause for no reason, sometimes it shows it playing music but no sound. I'm personally astonished by the complete lack of software quality.

    I must say that if it weren't absolutely necessary for syncing the iPhone or iPod I would throw the whole stack in the garbage. It is honestly that frustrating.