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Re: iTunes wirelessly throughout the house?
Let me preface this by saying I do not own an airport express and have no way of verifying this, but:
Since airport lets you choose which apple tv to stream to, I would like to think you could do the same with multiple airport expresses, assuming each is on the network with a unique name. But I cannot try this for you.
EDIT: Did some google-fu for you and I found some links that may help. The first is from Apple's FAQ on Airport Express.
And then I found this article from the NYT: Question: I have a third-party 802.11b/g/n wireless access point. I want to put AirPort Express next to my home theater and stream iTunes to it. Can AirPort Express join the third-party network?Answer: Yes. AirPort Express can join a third-party network in client mode, or if it is connected via Ethernet to a LAN port on the non-Apple wireless access point.
Question: Can iTunes send a single AirTunes stream to multiple AirPort Express stations?
Answer: Yes. You can send an AirTunes stream to multiple remote AirPort Express units . The maximum number of remote AirPort Express units is up to six. The actual number that will work in your environment will depend on conditions such as building composition and radio interference, distance to the remote AirPort Express units, and available network capacity relative to your other usage.
Question: Can iTunes send different AirTunes streams to different AirPort Express stations?
Answer: No. iTunes only sends the same stream to multiple AirPort Express units.
Question: Can my AirTunes stream play through my computer's speakers at the same time?
Answer: Yes. You can play through both the computer speakers and multiple remote AirPort Express units.
Question: Can I use other applications, like QuickTime or Windows Media Player, to send sound to AirPort Express via AirTunes?
So no, it does not look like the airport express can do what you're looking for, sorry.
One limitation of this arrangement is that you can’t send different music to different rooms; if you’re playing Prince in the kitchen, you’re playing him in the living room (assuming you have the living room speakers on). To play different music in different rooms, you’d want a system from, say, Sonos
, which can do that, but it’ll cost at least $299 a room.