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  • Play Your Music All Over Your Home

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    Having a dinner party and want your music to play from your TV or speakers? Wish you could go wireless and avoid all those plugs, cables and chords? Well now you can play your music not just on your computer or iPod, but on your surround sound speakers with this How-To article from the New York Times.

    It’s a question as old as the hills: How do I move music off of my computer or smartphone and into the speakers in my house?

    Let’s solve this once and for all. It’s easy to do, and it’s relatively inexpensive. Ready?

    Wait — one quick note: It’s “easy” if you primarily use Apple products. That’s just the way it is when it comes to wireless audio. Apple’s solutions also tend to cost less. Yes, there are ways to accomplish this goal with DLNA and XBMC and apps like DoubleTwist, but they are neither easy nor inexpensive. Also, even if you are on a Windows machine and use an Android smartphone, there’s a high probability you still use iTunes.

    THE $99 SOLUTION: APPLE’S AIRPORT EXPRESS There’s no reason to go out and buy extra speakers if you already have some. If you use iTunes, either on a Mac or a PC, and you already have a stereo, you can send your iTunes music to your hi-fi, wirelessly, for $99, thanks to Apple’s Airport Express.

    Airport Express is a deck-of-cards-size Wi-Fi access point. It plugs into the wall for power, and has an audio-out port that can connect to a stereo with an inexpensive cable. Once you’ve plugged in Airport Express, you can add it to your Wi-Fi network using the settings on your PC. Airport Express can also set up a new network of its own, if you don’t already have a Wi-Fi network in place.

    After you’ve connected Airport Express to your Wi-Fi network and your stereo, you’ll see a little button in the lower right corner of your iTunes window; it looks like a rectangle with a triangle in it. Click on it, and you can choose whether you want iTunes audio to come out of your PC, your connected speakers or both.

    If you want to send iTunes audio to multiple rooms, you’ll have to buy an additional Airport Express for each set of speakers in each room. But even adding rooms can be done relatively cheaply, as the next step illustrates.

    Read more at The New York Times

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