Using iTunes with MusicCast
We found three workarounds.
1) The easiest would be to use, say, the USB-equipped STUDIO N500 speakers (above) as computer monitors, playing direct from iTunes on your computer via USB. (And very nicely too - see our individual reviews.) Control iTunes direct on your computer, or from your iPhone/iPad using Apple’s Remote app. You can then share the USB input of the N500s through MusicPlay to any slaved devices.
2) Second easiest is to make use of the AirPlay streaming ability of each MusicCast device. The latest versions of iTunes and OS X allow Macs to address multiple AirPlay devices at once, so just fire up iTunes on your Mac, click the AirPlay button and you’ll find all your Yamaha MusicCast devices listed there ready to receive (plus any other AirPlay devices, such as an AppleTV). Even better, you can use Apple’s ‘Remote’ app on an iPad to control your computer’s iTunes, so you can do all that from your mobile device wandering around the house. For any sources other than iTunes, you switch back to the MusicCast app. Tada!
3) The third option for iTunes streaming is a little sneaky. When browsing through the ‘Server’ section of the MusicCast app, we noticed it listed the Bose SoundTouch server software that we’d left on our machine from a previous review. This happens often enough, and usually such appearances are dead links, incomprehensible to a different system.
But here, we selected the Bose server within the MusicCast app, and up came a list (see above) of ##TRANS_PLAYLISTS##, ##TRANS_ARTISTS##, all the way down to ##TRANS_PODCASTS##. They all worked!
[UPDATE: Probably not for long. SoundTouch updates are changing the way that these are served. We have recently had some success serving folders of music with the free version of Asset UPnP, but it does not provide access to playlists, one of iTunes' most useful functions.]
Most usefully there was full playlist access, so we could easily access our full iTunes collection within the MusicCast app. The only caveat is that we recall you cannot set up Bose’s SoundTouch software for Mac without having a SoundTouch device present, at least temporarily, since it keeps working even if all devices are later removed.
Here are the links to the rest of our extended MusicCast review:
With such a vast system to examine, we initially called in four of MusicCast’s key launch products:
- and we have since published the following reviews of product with MusicCast inside: