AirPlay 2 has just launched as part of the iOS 11.4 update, almost a year after the company first announced the technology at its WWDC 2017 keynote. It’s currently limited to Apple’s HomePod speaker, but a number of third party manufacturers have pledged to bring it to their own products in the coming months. So even if you don’t own a HomePod, here’s a quick look at the improvements AirPlay 2 brings and the devices on which you’ll soon be able to find it.
Apple’s new HomePod has earned high marks for audio quality, but it works only via AirPlay. This is no problem for those with iPhones, iPads, and Macs, but what about Windows users? Is there any way to stream audio from Windows to HomePod? Indeed there is! Here’s how to do it.
The HomePod may certainly favor Apple’s own music service, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with Apple Music. In fact, if you have a Mac, you can use the HomePod as an external AirPlay speaker for any music or audio source. Here’s how to send audio from your Mac to your HomePod via AirPlay.
You’ve probably figured out by now how you can stream audio from iTunes to an AirPlay device or speaker. But what about the rest of your Mac’s audio, like YouTube, Spotify, or Plex? Here’s the somewhat hidden trick to enable an AirPlay speaker as your Mac’s default output.