Stream All Mac System Audio Over AirPlay in OS X
You can now stream a Macs system audio directly over AirPlay without any third party apps or tweaks. The best part is that unlike AirPlay mirroring, the system audio stream should work on any Mac that can run Mountain Lion, not just 2011 model year and newer Macs.
Here’s how to stream all system audio from the Mac to a compatible AirPlay device:
- Hold the Option key and click the Sound icon in the menu bar of OS X
- Select the AirPlay compatible output device (Apple TV, AirPlay speakers, AirPort Express, etc)
Is that easy or what? Now launch Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, DJay, or anything else that has audio in OS X, and your Macs sound gets streamed out to the AirPlay receiver.
If you’ve been trying to figure out a way to get wireless speakers hooked up to a Mac with little effort, well, this is it, and it doesn’t get any easier.
This great tip and screenshot comes to us from MacGasm.
In terms of Macs, you’ll find this works the same in OS X El Capitan, OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, and Mountain Lion, as long as it supports AirPlay, which all modern iMacs, MacBooks, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, and Mac Mini hardware does. For the receiving end, it should work with any AirPlay compatible audio output device, whether that’s an Apple TV hooked up to a television and sound system, an AirPlay receiver speaker set, an AirPort Express, or whatever other audio situation you have. Just be sure the AirPlay receiver and Mac are nearby and on the same network so that full streaming will work, and sound the best.