AirPlay and AirPlay 2 Overview Updated March 22, 2021

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AirPlay is Apple’s own system for wirelessly streaming both audio and video from Apple devices to speakers and displays. It was originally known as AirTunes.

It can be used to stream from one Apple device to another (for example, a Mac to an Apple TV, or an iPhone to a HomePod), or from an Apple device to a third-party device like a speaker or TV.

The original version allowed iTunes on the Mac to stream to multiple devices, while iPhone and iPad could stream to only one at a time.

AirPlay 2, launched in 2018, extended multi-room support to iOS devices too, as well as supporting audio streaming to stereo speaker pairs and improved buffering.

Many third-party speaker brands have delivered or promised support for AirPlay 2, including Bang & Olufsen, Bluesound, Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Devialet, KEF, Libratone, Naim and Sonos. Compatible TVs include models from LG, Samsung, Sony and Vizio. A full list of  compatible devices can be found on Apple’s website.

AirPlay Stories March 22, 2021

‘Reflector’ AirPlay mirroring app updated with M1 Mac and Big Sur support, new device frames, more

The popular screen mirroring and streaming app Reflector has received a notable update today. Reflector 4 is now available, and it includes Apple Silicon optimization, an all-new user interface, and more.

AirPlay Stories June 26, 2020

Cyrus One Cast review
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The audio world is all about wireless speakers these days, and even very traditional audiophile companies are getting in on the action, but there are still plenty of people who have much-loved component hi-fi systems they have no intention of replacing. And that’s where the Cyrus One Cast comes in.

There are various options for bringing AirPlay capabilities to a stackable hi-fi system, with Apple’s old AirPort Express routers a popular and inexpensive approach. That can be a somewhat flakey experience, but you can pick up used units for under $50 apiece, so it’s certainly a cost-effective route.

The Cyrus One Cast sits at the opposite end of the scale…

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AirPlay Stories February 19, 2020

Bose AirPlay 2 support coming to nine more models
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Bose AirPlay 2 support continues for existing speaker owners. Three Bose speaker systems got the upgrade last year, and the company has just announced that nine more will receive a free over-the-air firmware update sometime between now and February 25.

The update is for SoundTouch speakers and Lifestyle home entertainment systems…

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AirPlay Stories December 5, 2019

AirPlay 2 cracked
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Audio enthusiasts who prefer to listen to music on their existing speakers have been waiting for some time to see AirPlay 2 cracked, and that day has now arrived.

Three developers who have been working on the problem for some time say they have now done it…

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AirPlay Stories September 6, 2019

Braun speakers back thanks to Pure Audio
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Braun speakers haven’t been made now for some 28 years, but the classic Braun LE speakers designed by Dieter Rams remain recognizable even today.

Now Braun LE speakers are back, in a modern variant that supports AirPlay 2

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AirPlay Stories July 23, 2019

AirPlay 2 TV policies can really hurt a brand
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The latest AirPlay 2 TV news is that LG is set to roll out HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support to its 2019 models next week.

That’s great news for owners of the 2019 models; not so much if you bought a 2017 or 2018 one. As many owners of older models have commented, their TVs are almost certainly capable of receiving the update …

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AirPlay Stories July 22, 2019

LG TV homekit airplay 2
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Update: The roll-out begins on July 25.

Earlier this year, LG released its first 2019 TVs that would eventually gain support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2. Now, the TV maker says that updates will soon start to roll out that add support for those features.

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AirPlay Stories May 21, 2019

Vizio unveils all-new 4K HDR smart TVs, HomeKit and AirPlay 2 coming later this year

When Apple listed all the AirPlay 2-compatible TVs, there was good news for Vizio TV owners: support was coming to older models. Indeed, the company later clarified that even some 2016 models would get the upgrade.

But if you have been waiting for the latest models, these are now available…

AirPlay Stories May 16, 2019

McIntosh RS200 gets AirPlay 2 support
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DTS has announced that the McIntosh RS200 and Arcam rPlay now support AirPlay 2, as well as Alexa.

The McIntosh RS200 is a high-end all-in-one wireless speaker system designed to compete with the likes of the Naim mu-so and Devialet Phantom

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AirPlay Stories May 13, 2019

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The all-new Apple TV app is now available for Samsung Smart TVs, marking the first time the video player has been available beyond Apple’s own platforms. Samsung Smart TVs are also gaining support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 feature for wirelessly sending audio and video to the TV screen without a set-top box attached.

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AirPlay Stories April 22, 2019

Sony TV AirPlay 2 HomeKit
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Along with LG and Vizio, Sony announced earlier this year that some of its smart TVs would be gaining support for Apple’s HomeKit and AirPlay 2. The company has launched it first new 2019 TVs and unveiled pricing and release details for those to come that will be getting the expanded functionality.

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Bowers & Wilkins
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Last week, Bowers & Wilkins invited us downtown in New York to show off their latest audio line, Formation. The lineup is predicated on five launch products, all sharing the same Formation namesake at the beginning: Bar, Duo, Wedge, Bass and Audio.

Featuring support for AirPlay 2, the company is touting the innovations presented in the Formation line as top-tier wired audio fidelity achieved wirelessly, all with the same setup simplicity of a $249 everyday-consumer level speaker.

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AirPlay Stories April 18, 2019

bose airplay 2
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Bose this week quietly announced that it has released AirPlay 2 functionality to its line of smart speakers. This includes its Home Speaker 500 and two different Soundbar models, while SoundTouch speakers are still playing the waiting game.

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AirPlay Stories April 15, 2019

Yamaha AirPlay 2
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After a long waiting period for users, Yamaha today officially announced its AirPlay 2 plans. The company says it will roll out AirPlay 2 to a handful of its home audio products starting later this month.

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AirPlay Stories April 7, 2019

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Netflix is offering more details on its decision to remove AirPlay functionality from its iOS app. The change was announced in an update to a support document on Netflix’s website last week, with the company attributing it to unnamed “technical limitations.”

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AirPlay Stories April 1, 2019

Vizio AirPlay 2 HomeKit
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Vizio was among a handful of TV manufacturers that announced AirPlay 2 and Home app support earlier this year. Now, the company is preparing its SmartCast Mobile app for AirPlay support.

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AirPlay Stories March 15, 2019

LG TV homekit airplay 2
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LG is out today with details on its 2019 TV lineup that will eventually offer users built-in AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration. Pricing and size info has been revealed with the most affordable 55-inch model starting at $2,499 launching next month.

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AirPlay Stories March 5, 2019

LG says its AirPlay 2 and HomeKit rollout will begin ‘mid-year,’ still limited to 2019 TVs

In January, LG was one of a handful of TV manufacturers to announce plans to integrate AirPlay 2. Now, the company has offered up a bit more detail on when LG TV owners can expect AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to become available.

AirPlay Stories March 4, 2019

Libratone brings its AirPlay 2-enabled Zipp 2 and Zipp Mini 2 portable speakers to the US

Last October, we reviewed the Libratone Zipp portable speaker with support for AirPlay 2. Now, Libratone has released two new AirPlay 2 speakers in the form of the Zipp 2 and the Zipp Mini 2, both of which are now available for preorder.

AirPlay Stories February 25, 2019

Beats AirPlay 2
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It’s been almost two years since Apple announced that Beats was making an AirPlay 2 speaker. The announcement was brief so you might have missed it — a few minutes before the big HomePod preview — but it was on stage at an Apple event.

“All of these speaker makers have announced upcoming support for AirPlay 2,” Craig Federighi declared on stage in front of a slide that included Beats and Bose logos among a dozen other brands. Several AirPlay 2 speakers have since debuted on the market, but not one from the Apple-owned Beats.

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AirPlay Stories February 11, 2019

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Update 2/11/2019: Samsung now says its 2019 QLED TVs are now available to purchase or pre-order. The upcoming iTunes app and AirPlay 2 feature will be available in a future update to compatible 2019 and 2018 TVs.

Apple and Samsung today announced a partnership to put iTunes TV shows and movies onto Samsung Smart TVs from the spring. The iTunes video content will be exposed through a special app that sits alongside existing apps like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.

The TVs will also become AirPlay 2 receivers, marking the first official AirPlay integration for third parties. The features will launch on 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and most 2018 Samsung Smart TVs through a software update.

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AirPlay Stories February 4, 2019

How to create a multi-room AirPlay 2 experience on iPhone and iPad

With iOS 11.4, Apple introduced AirPlay 2 which allows users to create a multi-room experience with AirPlay 2-enabled speakers and devices. Follow along to learn how to create a multi-room AirPlay 2 experience on your iPhone or iPad.

AirPlay Stories January 26, 2019

Vizio AirPlay 2 HomeKit
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Perhaps one of the most surprising announcements during CES week this year was unrelated to the event entirely. Days after the new year, Apple announced it would begin integrating AirPlay 2 support with third-party television manufactures, including Samsung, Sony and more. expand full story

AirPlay Stories January 12, 2019

Vizio confirms AirPlay 2 & HomeKit support is coming to all SmartCast TVs since 2016

At CES 2019 this past week, Vizio was one of several TV manufacturers to announce that it will soon support AirPlay 2 functionality. Now, the company has more good news for customers.

AirPlay in classroom
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At the beginning of every school year, each person on our staff has to put together three personal goals for the year. The goals need to be a way for you to stretch yourself professionally and accomplish certain tasks. One of the projects I put on my goals for this year was to overhaul our classroom AV setup. Right now, teachers have projectors on portable carts. Our building is 80+ years old (full of concrete), so running ceiling mounted projectors is a labor-intensive project as additional power outlets need to be installed for each classroom. I also then have to consider the cost of projector maintenance, running AV cables back to the proper location, and difficulty of upgrades in the future.

I know some schools have been using Apple TVs, but I’ve been hesitant because it always felt like complete overkill because we’d just use it for AirPlay functionality in the classroom. When you figure in the cost of an Apple TV ($149), it adds significant cost to the overall setup. Now, after reading the Apple news from CES, my plans for the future have changed. expand full story

AirPlay Stories January 11, 2019

Petition calls on LG to extend AirPlay 2/HomeKit support to 2018 premium TV models

When Apple made its surprise (but smart) announcement that ‘leading television manufacturers’ will be integrating AirPlay 2 into their TV sets, there was good news for existing owners of some Samsung and Vizio models – but not for LG TV owners …

AirPlay Stories January 10, 2019

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VLC, the popular open source video and audio client, may be surpassing 3 billion downloads soon. VLC also looks to be supporting AirPlay on Android in a future update.  expand full story

AirPlay Stories January 8, 2019

Here are all the new AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and speakers announced so far

Apple took everyone by surprise when it announced that ‘leading television manufacturers’ will be integrating AirPlay 2 into their TV sets, effectively duplicating some of Apple TV’s functionality and allowing Siri control …

AirPlay Stories January 7, 2019

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Following similar announcements from Samsung, LG, and Vizio, Sony announced this evening that it will add support for AirPlay and HomeKit to select TV models. Sony’s announcement is especially surprising as Sony uses Android TV to power its televisions.

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Samsung was the first manufacturer to announce AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support coming to its TVs yesterday. Since then Vizio also shared that built-in support for Apple’s ecosystem will be arriving with its SmartCast TVs this year. Now, LG has confirmed its plans to integrate AirPlay 2 and HomeKit with its televisions at CES 2019.

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Vizio airplay 2
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The trend of TV manufacturers integrating AirPlay 2 continues today at CES 2019. Vizio has announced that it is adding AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration to its existing SmartCast TV platform. Vizio has also unveiled its latest 4K TV updates for 2019.

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AirPlay Stories January 6, 2019

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Following the Samsung Smart TV announcement earlier today (and now Vizio), Apple has updated its AirPlay page to give a bit more detail on the newly-unveiled AirPlay 2 integration with television sets. Apple says AirPlay 2 will be available on TVs by leading manufacturers, suggesting more manufacturers beyond Samsung will be announcing their support.

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AirPlay Stories November 13, 2018

Naim Mu-so, Mu-so Qb and other speakers get AirPlay 2 support via firmware update

Top-tier hi-fi company Naim has announced that it is adding AirPlay 2 support to a number of its existing speakers via an over-the-air firmware update. It follows yesterday’s announcement that Bang & Olufsen is likewise adding AirPlay 2 capabilities to a number of its existing speakers

AirPlay Stories November 12, 2018

Bang & Olufsen rolling out AirPlay 2 updates over coming months

After announcing its support earlier this year, Bang & Olufsen is finally rolling out its AirPlay 2 updates for select speakers over the next few months.

AirPlay Stories November 2, 2018

AirPlay 2 receivers
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Apple has expanded its list of HomeKit categories with a new entry: AirPlay 2 receivers. We’ve seen upcoming and currently available AirPlay 2 speakers including HomePod, Sonos, and Libratone on Apple’s HomeKit accessory list since Apple’s wireless audio streaming solution debuted earlier this year. The addition of AirPlay 2 receivers adds a new way to control audio with HomeKit, and receiver maker Denon is owning the category for now.

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AirPlay Stories October 15, 2018

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Libratone announced over the summer that two of its portable speakers would work with AirPlay 2 this year. Starting today, Libratone AirPlay 2 support is now available. Libratone ZIPP and ZIPP mini users can update their speakers through the Libratone iOS app to add AirPlay 2 support:

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AirPlay Stories September 11, 2018

Mac: How to AirPlay to multiple devices through iTunes

AirPlay is a super cool way to allow you to wirelessly send audio from your Mac device to another AirPlay-capable device such as HomePod, Apple TV, or a speaker connected via the line-out port on an AirPort Express.

Despite the introduction AirPlay 2, you’re still limited to multiple AirPlay-capable devices through iTunes.

AirPlay Stories September 10, 2018

iPhone & iPad: How to AirPlay to multiple devices

AirPlay is a super cool way to allow you to wirelessly send audio from your iOS device to another AirPlay-capable device such as HomePod, Apple TV, or a speaker connected via the line-out port on an AirPort Express.

However, with the introduction AirPlay 2, you’re now able to connect to multiple AirPlay-capable devices.

AirPlay Stories August 28, 2018

How to use AirPort Express for AirPlay 2 with existing router

As we reported earlier this afternoon, Apple today pushed an update for its discontinued AirPort Express. Within the update, it included support for AirPlay 2, which lets you create a multi-room audio system.

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Apple’s AirPort line may be discontinued, but AirPort Express got one heck of an update today. Firmware update 7.8 for the latest AirPort Express hardware (2012 2nd-gen model, no longer sold) adds support for AirPlay 2 and Apple’s Home app. The teaser for support has been present since iOS 11.4 beta, but support hasn’t been live before today’s version 7.8 firmware update.

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AirPlay Stories August 17, 2018

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UPDATE: Apple released a firmware update on August 28 that added AirPlay 2 support!

AirPlay 2 has been out for a few months now and it has generally been well received, but there’s one mystery left for Apple’s upgraded audio streaming feature: will AirPlay 2 support come to the AirPort Express? There’s both reason to be hopeful and skeptical…

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AirPlay Stories August 9, 2018

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Back in May, Apple revealed the full list of third-party speakers slated to receive updates with AirPlay 2 support. Now, one of the first manufacturers has started rolling out updates to their line of audio accessories…

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AirPlay Stories July 11, 2018

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Today is the day that many Sonos and Apple users have been waiting for! This morning, Sonos has launched AirPlay 2 support via a software update that brings HomeKit and Siri functionality. Follow along for how to get your Sonos speakers up and running with AirPlay 2.

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Sonos lineup
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Great news for Sonos customers: AirPlay 2 has arrived. This makes compatible Sonos speakers the first third-party AirPlay 2 speakers to hit the market, and support is being added retroactively through a free software update.

This means you can use Sonos speakers to play audio from iTunes on the Mac and all iPhone and iPad apps including Music, TV, YouTube, and Netflix. Sonos speakers can also be used for multi-room audio playback with HomePod and Apple TV, and Siri can control Apple Music and Podcasts playback from iPhone, iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV.

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AirPlay Stories June 27, 2018

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First unveiled earlier this month, Beam is the latest smart speaker and TV soundbar from wireless speaker maker Sonos. The compact TV soundbar promises hi-fi music playback and voice control through Alexa — all at an affordable price. Sonos Beam hits the market later next month, but we’ve been testing it for a few weeks ahead of its launch.

For the purpose of this review, Apple’s new AirPlay 2 wireless streaming feature wasn’t ready for testing — stay tuned for our full impressions next month when Sonos adds the feature. AirPlay 2 aside, Sonos Beam is a hit for bedrooms, apartments, or budget home theaters.

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AirPlay Stories June 14, 2018

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Now that AirPlay 2 is out with iOS 11.4, we’re starting to learn more about when speaker makers will release support in their products. Libratone shared this week that two of its speakers will work with AirPlay 2 starting in September.

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AirPlay 2 has been out for a few weeks now after shipping a week before WWDC 2018 and almost a year after it was previewed at WWDC 2017.

In the places where AirPlay 2 works, the audio streaming feature is a notable upgrade over the original AirPlay feature — but there are also weird choices and clear opportunities for AirPlay 2 now that it’s available.

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AirPlay Stories June 7, 2018

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Ikea teased a collaboration with Sonos back in December, but didn’t share any details of what to expect. It has now revealed that the plan is for a range of budget speakers which are compatible with both existing Sonos setups and Ikea’s Tradfri smart home devices …

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