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For example, I would like for iTunes to play thru my iMac's speakers, but iChat's notifications thru my headphones.

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Welcome to Ask Different! I've edited this question to apply to more situations so that it isn't so narrow. It would also be good if you could update the question with a little more info, like model of your receiver. Thanks! –  Nathan Greenstein Oct 3 '11 at 1:07
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Although I did this using Airfoil, is there a way to do it without external apps? –  Marcel M. Oct 3 '11 at 2:29
    
I would like to do the same thing! I have a USB digital coax output going to a DAC. I would like to send the audio from any one app, iTunes, Pandora, Chrome, etc., to the USB digital coax, and then have the rest of the sound continue to come out through the internal speakers on my MacBook Pro. Has anyone found a way to do this? I know you can do it with Airfoil + Airfoil Speakers, but it introduces a couple seconds of lag. I want something direct, like an audio switchboard, but I don't want to pay more than $30 or so. –  orange80 Oct 29 '11 at 0:56

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The easiest way to do this depends on the application supporting it;

Some applications have a sound output (and input) picker that allows you to choose the output device, like the official Last.fm app.

Last.fm Application Preferences Screen

(My apologies for the poor example considering I only have one output source.)

If an application is written to support it, you can simply change the device as shown above. Otherwise you'll have to rely on premium (paid) apps, such as one of Ambrosia SW's "Wiretap" series of apps. Though those are pricy, $69 for WireTap Studio and $129 for WireTap Anywhere.

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As an aside, I feel like there could be some trivial 'helper' app that could change this setting for apps that don't otherwise let you pick it. But I certainly don't know this for certain. –  Jason Salaz Oct 29 '11 at 2:21

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