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AirPlay music streaming stops between songs

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  • congreb Calculating status...
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    Jun 7, 2013 4:08 PM (in response to Gabriele83)

    I've had not problems with dropping between songs since the last iTunes update.  As usual, new problems appeared with the update -- this update produced constant breaks in the songs as they were playing.  This was extremely annoying.   However, by setting the Audio Playback Bitrate to 192 kHz, this has largely stopped (I've had one or two hiccups since).  I think this is a new setting in iTunes -- at least I hadn't noticed it before.

  • yoel69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 9, 2013 2:02 PM (in response to Gabriele83)

    It has NOT been solved. I've had several dropouts today.

  • HvLee Calculating status...
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    Jun 9, 2013 2:05 PM (in response to yoel69)

    Same for me, and ONLY in iTunes, Spotify on iPad has been playing today for HOURS! Not one single drop.

  • El Chode Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 9, 2013 2:35 PM (in response to ascain)

    Today has been particularly bad for some reason. No more than one song at a time

  • yoel69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 9, 2013 7:19 PM (in response to El Chode)

    Yes, the dropouts only happen when streaming from iTunes on the Mac to Apple TV or remote speakers. It doesn't happen when streaming from iPhone or iPad. This has been an issue for years and it's hard to believe that Apple has yet to fix it.

  • Maorriyan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 11, 2013 11:29 PM (in response to ascain)

    I have no issue at all.

    Streaming wirelessly few hours from my MacBook Pro and from iPhone to Pioneer X-SMC series without any disruption.


    Re-Setting my Pioneer X-SMC


    iTunes 11.0.4

    AirPort Wireless Options:

    2.4 Ghz Channel: Automatic

    5 GhZ Channel: Automatic

  • Kiramadeera Calculating status...
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    Jun 13, 2013 5:21 PM (in response to ascain)

    Mac mini, 1tb of music on a USB drive attached, very stable wireless to an appletv2 - pauses at the end or beginning of almost every song on an album two out of three days.  Third day works great, but that's never when I have guests over.


    This has been happening since late 2011.  Movies work great, and I have no other issues on my network.  Tomato on linksys if it matters.  All software and hardware on current version.  I tried a wired network for a couple of months and had the same problem.  Two different houses even.


    I'm a techie - computer engineer from University of Waterloo, who has been tinkering with tech at home and work for 20 years.  All I need is an error log and I will fix it.  Apple, you've had two years of not fixing it, so it's time to give us an error log.  Something, anything, that could give us a hint to fix the problem.


    I have eight apple devices in my house, and not one device from a competitor.  I'm all in, but ready to jump to a competitor so I can listen to music again.

  • yoel69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 13, 2013 7:34 PM (in response to Kiramadeera)

    That's pretty much what is happening with my Mac Mini with airplay via iTunes to Apple TV, except that mine doesn't pause, it just stops streaming. If I stream for 8 hours, it will happen several times, and I have to reboot either Apple TV or iTunes. Rebooting one OR the other will fix the problem temporarily, until it happens again.

  • crwdfwtx Calculating status...
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    Jun 14, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to Kiramadeera)

    Very similar situation here. I work in IT and I'd give anything just to be able to listen the music from my library reliably. I'd toss every Apple product I own (and we are talking a dozen components) in favor of a simple, well-supported solution that gets the job done: playing a song when I want to hear it.

  • Kiramadeera Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 14, 2013 4:00 PM (in response to crwdfwtx)

    Does apple monitor these forums?  Can anyone verify whether anyone has ever chimed in on this topic or knows if an official incident has been reported?


    I'm back in troubleshooting mode.  I have moved a hundred megs of music on to my boot drive and cleared out my iTunes.  Once it finishes processing, I'm going to shut off all of my external drives and see if this is a stable setup.  I will report back...

  • yoel69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:59 AM (in response to Kiramadeera)

    I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but I did the most recent Apple TV upgrade on Friday, and I streamed all day yesterday with absolutely no drop outs. I've been streaming just fine this morning. I hope this years-long issue has been finally fixed.

  • kid4today Calculating status...
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    Jun 23, 2013 2:49 PM (in response to ascain)

    I've been having this problem for a while now also. when using airplay from my iMac to my Apple TV 2 playback pauses with 2 seconds of the track remaining. it seems to be getting worse, it used to happen every now and then but now i cant listen to more than a few songs without it happening! it's really really annoying and makes airplay pretty much unusable. it only happens with the Apple TV, if i use multiple speakers the Apple TV will pause but the other speakers carry on playing.

    it's not a bandwidth or connection problem as its always at the same point in a track, and as i said, the other speakers carry on. it's something to do with the Apple TV. I thought maybe it was something to do with it being jailbroken, but seems others here are having the same problem with un-jailbroken Apple TV's. I hope the above poster is right about the latest update, i still need to wait for that version to be jailbroken though.

  • Kiramadeera Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 6:40 AM (in response to ascain)

    I've narrowed it down to two possible problems with my setup.  I've moved my library from an external usb hard drive to an internal hard drive, and I've slimmed down my library to about 200 megs.  It's completely stable at this point.


    I wish I could move my entire library onto the internal hd, but my mini doesn't have big enough internal storage.  I can split my library across two drives, but I realize that's not keeping the problem isolated.


    At this point, I believe the usb drive was spinning down between songs and iTunes times out trying to access the next track.  I've tried keeping the drive spinning but I can't seem to do it reliably - osx is outsmarting me with caching or something.

  • CND9876 Calculating status...
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    Jul 12, 2013 12:54 PM (in response to ascain)

    Hmmm ...


    Just got a new airplay speaker and found I have this problem :(


    Reading this I get the feeling that having the content stored on a NAS is the common factor that causes the end of song drop when playing from iTunes directly to another AirPlay enabled device ...


    Anyone concur ?

  • kid4today Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 12, 2013 12:56 PM (in response to CND9876)

    I have this problem and all my music is stored on my iMacs internal drive.

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