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Using AirTunes

When Apple says AirTunes, it makes it seem as if you need a special software program called AirTunes to play music with your AirPort Express. You don’t. AirTunes is part of iTunes and only appears when you have an AirPort Express base station within range.

Start up iTunes. In the lower-right corner of the main window, you should see a pop-up menu. Click it and choose the name of the AirPort Express base station you want to use (see Figure 11). In my example, I’ll choose Living Room.

Figure 11

Figure 11 A menu like this appears when you have an AirPort Express base station within range.

Now play iTunes the usual way. The music should come through the speakers of the stereo you connected to the AirPort Express. Or, in my case, through that lovely Bose sound system in my Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh. (Oh, how I love breathing new life into old computer equipment!)

As you’ve probably already figured out, to play iTunes music through your computer, you just choose Computer from the AirTunes pop-up menu.

Remember, the AirPort Express will work only if it’s powered up, along with the stereo (or speakers) to which it’s connected. And if you have it connected to an Aux Audio port on your stereo, make sure that the stereo’s selector is set to the right port.

That’s all there is to it!

Maria Langer is a freelance writer and helicopter pilot who has been collecting and playing with Apple hardware since 1989. You can learn more about networking with AirPort and using iTunes in her bestselling book, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger: Visual QuickStart Guide. Visit Maria on the web at

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