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frontrow volume control using airtunes

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paulhek Calculating status...
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Jul 7, 2007 3:05 AM
Hi all,
I discovered a little annoying thing and I am wondering if anyone knows a solution. I have the following setup. Imac intel core duo and airport express. I use iTunes for all my music and have it streaming to my stereo using airtunes.
Using my remote control with my iMac intel core duo, I can adjust the volume of itunes and the volume of the signal going to my stereo. However, if I use frontrow I can only adjust the volume of the iMac itself. The streamed music stays at the same volume and I can only adjust it by using my stereo's volume.
Is this just a little bug, or can I change some setting somewhere?
iMac 20" intel core duo, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Dai Bach Level 2 Level 2 (480 points)
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    Jul 9, 2007 10:17 AM (in response to paulhek)
    Check the options in the iTunes Advanced Preferences.

    There's some options regarding control of remote speakers.
    Mac Book Pro 15", 1.83GHz, 2GB, 100GB 7200rpm, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Mac Mini, 1.66GHz, 2GB
  • Argelius Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    Aug 16, 2007 4:26 AM (in response to paulhek)
    I have a similar setup and trying to do a similar thing using a RF==>IR universal remote to control track selection (next, previous) and volume. I have 3 stereos throughout my house with their own AirPort Expresses...

    I guess I missed something, but am I correct that you can control the output volume of iTunes using the Apple remote? I guess I've only tried this when Front Row is launched, which, as you note, doesnt work.

    So, if iTunes is running, I can use the remote to control the volume to the audio-out jack (on a MacMini)? That would be way cool. I would test it out, but I'm at work...)
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • keremsea Calculating status...
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    Aug 27, 2007 11:23 AM (in response to paulhek)
    I have the same problem. When not using the remote control, Mac volume control controls the computer speaker volume whereas iTunes volume control controls the volume of the remote speakers (which is good). However, when using the remote control with front row, the remote controls the Mac's own speakers, and the airtunes speaker volume stays same no matter what I do. This is highly annoying and defeats the purpose of having the front row remote. A solution will be highly appreciated.
    Macbook Pro 15" SR2.2, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Bob Lasky1 Calculating status...
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    Sep 8, 2007 1:12 PM (in response to keremsea)
    Has there been a solution to controlling the volume of Airtunes with the Front Row remote?
    Black Book, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Argelius Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
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    Sep 9, 2007 11:02 AM (in response to Bob Lasky1)
    Would love to relaunch this thread!

    Using an RF universal remote I can move back and forth through the tracks, but can't control the output volume that's being sent to a remote stereo via an AirportExpress.

    There's gotta be a solution to this.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Chris Murphy Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2007 1:55 PM (in response to paulhek)
    I have the same problem. I would like the Front Row Remote to control the volume of the airport express. This is a very odd oversight. Anyone solved this yet?

    iTunes 7.4.2
    OS X 10.4.10
    Macbook Pro 17 HD 2.4ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Longwing Calculating status...
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    Sep 23, 2007 12:16 PM (in response to Chris Murphy)
    It seems like the FrontRow remote only controls the general sound volume output and has no effect on the iTunes volume slider. When using AirTunes, it only responds to the iTunes volumes slider.

    I see 2 pieces of simple software wiring needed from Apple (once they get done pumping out the mainly useless updates to iTunes to support all their new iPod hardware).

    1) Sound Preferences needs to be able to add AirTunes as a "device for Sound Output"

    2) iTunes Preferences needs to be enabled to control volume slider from FrontRow.
    MacBookPro 2.4GHz 17", Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Bear Hunter Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Sep 24, 2007 4:44 PM (in response to Longwing)
    How are you all getting sound to external speakers? I also have Airtunes, but when I import the movie to iTunes the sound only comes through the computer when I play it.
    iMac, MBP, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • benbobjim Calculating status...
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    Sep 30, 2007 7:15 AM (in response to paulhek)
    I have finally have solved this by buying Mira, the remote control mapping software. Shame we have to buy additional software to overcome Apple's oversight, but it's worth $16 to sort out this utterly unacceptable flaw in Apple's software. You can programme the Remote to work other apps to so you do at least get extras for your cash. Remember to restart though after changing any options in preference when you have bought the full version – otherwise it won't work properly. Hope this helps. Apple – you still need to sort this properly so people don't have to resort to third party apps. Are you listening? It's a simple patch, that's all.
    MacBook Pro 1.83ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 100GB HD
  • softmusic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 25, 2007 1:32 AM (in response to benbobjim)
    Is the new FrontRow 2 included in Leopard compatible with Airtunes ?
    20" iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz - 2GB Ram - 256MB VRam, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Bob Lasky1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 28, 2007 7:08 AM (in response to paulhek)
    I can not believe I can't use Airtunes with the new version of Frontrow! We must be missing something.
    May be I should have waited on getting Leopard..............
    Black Book, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • budeades Calculating status...
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    Oct 29, 2007 3:50 PM (in response to Bob Lasky1)
    Came here hoping to resolve the pitiful volume level I get from airtunes with airport express - having also been using the dv out and audio to connect to my stereo and TV.

    Pretty much a deal breaker for me to use the express for audio.

    I will keep on plugging in extremely long cable into my macbook on my desk!

    Apple resolve this - plenty of us would like to use our computer rather than Apple TV -
    and be able to stream right off the free video on the internet and songs on our computer using Front Row.

    while your at it put back the music with the slideshow for my photos.

    macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • wantdown Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 14, 2008 9:37 AM (in response to paulhek)
    when i use front row the remote speakers hooked to my stereo via airport express stop working all together. the computer speakers stay on but the airport stops. is this a pref i need to set? Apple didn't really take this away did they? More money for less stuff? If so they should give a list of things they took away along with the new features.
    imac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
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