Airport Express Stories August 28

How to use AirPort Express for AirPlay 2 with existing router

As we reported earlier this afternoon, Apple today pushed an update for its discontinued AirPort Express. Within the update, it included support for AirPlay 2, which lets you create a multi-room audio system.

Apple’s AirPort line may be discontinued, but AirPort Express got one heck of an update today. Firmware update 7.8 for the latest AirPort Express hardware (2012 2nd-gen model, no longer sold) adds support for AirPlay 2 and Apple’s Home app. The teaser for support has been present since iOS 11.4 beta, but support hasn’t been live before today’s version 7.8 firmware update.

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Airport Express Stories August 17

UPDATE: Apple released a firmware update on August 28 that added AirPlay 2 support!

AirPlay 2 has been out for a few months now and it has generally been well received, but there’s one mystery left for Apple’s upgraded audio streaming feature: will AirPlay 2 support come to the AirPort Express? There’s both reason to be hopeful and skeptical…

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Airport Express Stories April 22, 2016

I love the concept of streaming music around the home. There are a lot of great wireless Bluetooth speakers for wireless music on the move, but it’s still unclear what to choose for a static home environment. Apple’s answer is AirPlay, but it has flaws: no multi-room support from iOS devices, limited adoption by speaker manufacturers, and spotty reliability at best.

I’ve been trying an AirPlay alternative, called Play-Fi, which is a competing industry technology for home Wi-Fi music streaming from DTS. Specifically, I tested the Definitive W7 wireless speaker which integrates Play-Fi. Read on for my review  ….

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Airport Express Stories March 8, 2016

Sonos speakers offer some of the best features in the game, but they come with one drawback: it’s expensive to get the whole-home setup that people love so much. The cheapest speaker, the Sonos Play:1 comes in at $200, while the Play:3 runs $299, and the Play:5 goes for $499. And remember, to get that whole-home setup, you’ll have to buy at least two speakers. While the Sonos speakers definitely offer the added benefit of being easy to use, it’s hard to justify spending so much if you’re living on a budget. Thankfully, there are a couple of other ways to get a whole-home speaker setup at a fraction of the cost…

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Airport Express Stories September 3, 2015

9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air w/ LTE $300, iOS 9/Swift 2 Course Developer Bundle $49, 1Password for Mac $35, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week: Flick Kick Football ($2 value)

Apple iPad Air 16GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (AT&T or Verizon) for $300 shipped (Reg. $529)

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Developer Bundle: $49 (Orig. $398)

1Password secure password manager for Mac: $35 or $28 w/ .edu (Reg. $50)

11-inch MacBook Air 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB (newest): $730 shipped (Reg. $899)

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GB: $1,280 shipped (Reg. $1,499)

13.3-inch MacBook Air (early 2014) 1.7GHz/8GB/512GB: $1,249 shipped (Orig. $1,849)

Apple AirPort Express Dual-Band 802.11n Wireless Router (refurbished): $50 shipped (Orig. $99)

Giveaway: $400 Belkin WeMo bundle including the new Lightify Starter Set, multiple winners

More new gear from today:

JBL’s Pulse 2 Bluetooth speaker takes its lightshow next level, previous gen on sale for $100 (Reg. $150)

More deals still alive:

Twelve South iPad Air/mini cases: BookBook from $35 (Orig. $80), leather SurfacePad $35 (Reg. $70), more

Incase MacBook Backpacks 50% off in multiple colors w/ free shipping: Cargo $40 (Reg. $80), Staple $30 (Reg. $60)

New products & more:

Polaroid’s latest pocket-sized Snap cam instantly prints photos with no ink

Review: Tucker and Bloom’s East to West XL Messenger Bag goes big to handle all your gear

Amazon now offers money back to Prime members after their first Dash button purchase

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