how to broadcast audio on intranet

Posted on 2009-12-19
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I am trying to broadcast audio preferably from iTunes to my intranet. I want to play music in one room and have it play all over the house which is dual cat5 cabled and building a mini itx pc for each room is no problem though this might mean that the solution would have to run on linux. Does anyone know if this is possible and if so how do I do it.
If it can't be done from iTunes are there any alternatives, I have even been looking at hardware for av transmission over cat5. Any help would be appreciated.
Question by:funkimunky
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    Accepted Solution

    You have many choices. e.g.

    I use AirPort Express Base Station with 802.11n and AirTunes at home. It is a WiFi AP, connect my USB printer to the network as well as audio output which can be selected from iTune.

    While do not have any myself, there should be other speakers that support AirTunes.
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    I would install Soundflower Audio Driver and ESD on the Mac, and use pulseaudio on the Linux boxen as client. Pulseaudio is the default on most recent Linux Distributions. Unfortunately the Mac Port isn't done yet, but pulsaudio can connect to ESD, so that's why ESD on the Mac.


    For ESD you'll need macports:

    Some HowTos:

    Author Comment

    GuruChiu does airport extreme broadcast audio, I want the audio around the house to be the same and playing in time.
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    Expert Comment

    Using iTune alone, it can only support a single destination.

    I haven't tried it myself, but you can check this out:

    Good luck.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for the help GuruChiu this is exactly what I needed to know. I'm gonna get a couple of express base stations and an I pod touch to control the system.
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks. Can iPod Touch control multiple AirTune stations?

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