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AirPlay music streaming stops between songs

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  • Gabriele83 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 2:54 AM (in response to El Chode)

    Same trouble.

    Even when a song is not ended.


    I have this configuration:

    iTune library stored on a NAS Western Digital MyBook Live 2 TB;

    Twonky Media Player active on the NAS to permit streaming on my Playstation 3.

    iMac with Mountain Lion 10.8.2

    Airport Extreme

    iTunes 11.0.1

    I stream everything to Bower & Wilkins Zeppelin Air.


    No troubles in streaming from iPhone 4 with WD software like WD2Go.


    Apple should really do something to fix this trouble. It's incredible and makes going crazy.

  • pr-itk Calculating status...
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:40 AM (in response to ascain)

    Really is a pitty that - as far as I can see - Apple has not done ANYTHING to solve this problem which has obviously been continuously present for the last three and a half years...

  • RudiLueg Calculating status...
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    Feb 2, 2013 3:19 PM (in response to ascain)

    I fixed my drop-out issue by extenting the airport express my wireless network. So, my Mac and Pods can stream straight to the airport express and not talking a detour.

    Good luck

  • congreb Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:41 AM (in response to ascain)

    I came home from a month holiday, and found the latest update to iTunes proposed to me.  I always choose to update iTunes with trepidation, because 9 of 10 times it introduces some new problem, which takes weeks or months to solve.  But because I need to update to stay current with updates in iOS, etc.  I do it.  And I regrettably did it this time.  Now, I have the problem that everyone is talking about on this stream -- iTunes drops the streaming to AirPlay between songs.  I've tried every solution proposed in the various chats here on the Apple site, and nothing works.  Yet more time wasted with this garbage software!  Apple Support is useless, as everyone has noted.  Why people remain so loyal to this company is beyond my comprehension, and why the myth of Apple "seamlessness" and "dependability" continues is simply inexplicable.  I won't even start with all the problems my wife is having with her new iMac.  I've stayed with iTunes, against my kids' advice, only because I dread the time it will take to switch everything over to Media Monkey or something else.


    While typing this message, I've had to restart nearly every new song on the album I'm playing in order to get it to stream.  It is riduculous.  Don't tell me, Apple, that this is a problem with my whole configuration.  This problem started immediately with the update to iTunes, and did not exist before (for me).

  • yoel69 Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2013 10:01 AM (in response to congreb)

    I've been having this problem for a few years, and it's gotten worse, not better.


    I don't understand how Apple does nothing. These dropouts aren't cool at parties, and they are negative advertising for Apple, because everyone notices when the music stops.


    It's an iTunes AirPlay issue, not a generalized issue, because the dropouts don't happen when streaming from the phone or iPad, only when streaming via computer. Streaming from the iPhone isn't a fix, though, because the phone only allows you to stream to one airport express, instead of several, as per iTunes.

  • HvLee Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2013 1:35 PM (in response to yoel69)

    Let me join the club, I'm seeing the same. Even changes my main router to Airport Extreme. Same issue, now having replaced my Airplay speakers with a Airplay enabled receiver; same issue! Spotify from iPad is no issue.


    iTunes (Windows) > NAS > Airport Express/Marantz/ATV = problems

  • fabbioz Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2013 4:18 PM (in response to HvLee)

    same trouble, it started with itunes 11 to me, never had it before.

    it seems to affect certain albums... don't know...

  • Maorriyan Calculating status...
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    Feb 21, 2013 11:33 PM (in response to ascain)

    Hi All,

    After read through all discussions, here's what I did:

    - Update AirPort Utility firmware to 7.6.3

    - Change 2.4Ghz Channel to 9 instead of automatic in Wireless Options of AirPort Utility


    I've been streaming music AirPlay from my MacBook Pro to Pioneer X-SMC3-S for 45mins without any drops-out.


    I have this configuration:

    - iTune library and songs stored on TimeCapsule

    - Modem Router (NetGear) connected to TimeCapsule

    - TimeCapsule act as Wireless Router

    - iTunes 11.0.2

    - TimeCapsule/AirPort utility vesion 7.6.3

    - Mac OS X 10.8.2

    - AirPlay to Pioneer X-SMC3-S


    Hopefully this is the real cure.

  • congreb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 8:32 AM (in response to Maorriyan)

    When this fix works for you for more than 3 or 4 days, then let us know.  I've found many "fixes" that seemed to work for up to 24 hours, then back to the same old.

  • El Chode Calculating status...
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    Feb 23, 2013 8:22 AM (in response to ascain)

    FYI there is a new update for iTunes and AirPort I believe.

  • yoel69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 11:03 AM (in response to El Chode)

    I downloaded the iTunes upgrade, but it's still happening. I began a playlist which was playing on the computer and simultaneously streaming to Apple TV. After a while, the streaming to Apple TV stopped, while the music kept playing on my computer in the office. This has been going on for a few years.

  • pr-itk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 8:58 AM (in response to ascain)

    Well next update: Seems to work better than before, still not really. But now - as if not worse enough - AirPlay doesn't sync at all when using multiple speakers. Seems I'll have to step back to Sonos, never experienced any problems alike on that platform. Really a shame, Apple has not replied. Still...

  • congreb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 8:59 AM (in response to yoel69)

    I installed the iTunes upgrade ( three days ago.  Since installing it (with my usual fear of new bugs), I have not had one instance of the previous issue (iTunes stopping between tracks).  So, it appears that Apple fixed whatever was causing the issue, which first started with the installation of Ver. 11.  I was certain that the problem was in iTunes, and this convinces me I was right (at least in my case, with my configuation).  But, I've still got fingers crossed -- probably as soon as I post this I'll get another freeze-up -- or some new issue will show up.  I'm afraid to try to sync my iPhone now, since the first release of Ver. 10 froze up during sync.

  • El Chode Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 9:44 AM (in response to ascain)

    So far so good on my end. Did a whole days' worth of work streaming to AppleTV and my Panasonic stereo without a drop.

  • yoel69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to El Chode)

    I'm still having intermittent dropouts when streaming to Apple TV and Airport express.

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