I really love AirPlay so I thought about buying a second AirPort Express for another amplifier in the apartment. But will my iPhone5/iPad2 be able to stream to both AirPlay devices simultaneously?


No, you want be able to stream music to two airport express units simultaneously from an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone.

However, you can stream simultaneously from iTunes running on a Mac or PC.

For example, you can't have speakers playing in the kitchen and speakers playing in the dining room at the same time unless they are connected to the same airport express. If you have them connected to two airport expresses, you can choose kitchen or dining room but not both.

You can play to both if you stream from a Mac or PC using itunes. However, there are apps that will let you control the Mac or PC from your iOS device but you can't do it natively.

  • Thanks, that was exactly the answer I was looking for :D (although I am not happy about it...) – Dario Apr 5 '13 at 18:03

to stream itunes to single/multiple/all airplay devices, you will need multiple airplay devices, itunes on a pc or mac (ensure this itunes has your favorite library), then from any ios device, download and install Apple Remote App. remote app allows you to "remotely" control the Itunes library on the pc/mac, allowing you to multi select your airplay devices right from your phone. looks, feels, is exactly like Ipod/Music app on your ios device.

i have been using it for years, but still waiting for a NAS maker to include this 'Itunes SERVER Airplay" functionality right in their firmware. Apple should build it into their nas product (unless they have lately) 6x airport expresses - wired Ethernet, audio out to 6 sources on a multi-zone amp, controlling 22 speakers (grouped in 6 zones) better than most 20k solutions. and all zones are perfectly synchronized. works like a charm.

  • Synology's Audio Station package for the Diskstation has the option to play music to multiple Airplay devices. – Coyote Nov 9 '13 at 8:37

You can tell the copy of iTunes that you are using to stream to both AX's so the same goes for the iPhone. I have two ATV2's and can use the remote to make music play on both plus my Mac Pro. But.... I don't know the technical reason for this but the music plays on each ATV2 slightly out of sync, it sounds odd. So if I play the same track in the living room and kitchen at the same time there is a strange effect and it doesn't sound right. Of course your house may be a lot bigger than mine and you may not notice this.

  • But it's not possible directly from my iOS device, right? – Dario Mar 24 '13 at 17:13
  • Yes, you should be able to choose where you want to stream it to from the phone, this is what it looks like when using two Apple TV2's. farm9.staticflickr.com/8371/8590432248_93bca21824_b.jpg – JimmyTinker Mar 25 '13 at 18:44
  • i believe Andy's screenshot above only currently applies when using the "Remote" app. (ie for your iTunes library etc). It doesn't work for instance if you just want to play Shoutcast Radio app to your multiple devices. – Jozef Pierlejewski Aug 5 '13 at 16:12

With the iOS app Airplay Multiroom Player by WHAALE it is possible to send music to multiple speakers at the same time!


This is a major problem with multiple airplay devices on iOS 7.0.2 we used to be able to stream to multiple devices now I can't:(

  • Actually - if the problem is isolated to 7.0.2 - might this become an answer if it's a bug in one version rather than a planned shift in feature by Apple? – bmike Oct 18 '13 at 9:48

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