Apple Airplay 2 Guide

Apples Airplay 2.0, an audio streaming technology, had been in the making for some time and initially announced back in 2017. Although it was a big announcement, Apple simultaneously announced a slew of new products that took the limelight in its place, such as the premium sounding Homepod.

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In late 2018, Airplay 2 was finally released alongside iOS 11 and did not disappoint with its premium sound quality. We will shine some light on this Wi-Fi-based audio streaming technology and provide all the information you need to know at this point.

The original Airplay which was labeled as AirTunes, was released all the way back in 2004. The following version called AirPlay which is the predecessor to the 2.0 version was released in 2010. If you are unfamiliar with this streaming technology, you may be scratching your head.

Related: Apple TV apps


Apple Airplay Protocol explained

Apples Airplay is a wireless protocol that allows streaming of various media types across Apple “Sender” devices such as iPhones or Macs, to “Receiver” devices such as the HomePod. The forms of media included are:

  • Music
  • Photos
  • Videos
  • Device Screens
  • Accompanying metadata

The media form is dependant on the receiver device. A speaker like the HomePod will obviously not play video, but the Apple TV will. The technology is effectively Apple’s answer to other streaming protocols like Googles Chromecast or Sonos multi-room streaming.

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Here is a compiled list of “Sender” devices, which must have iOS 11.4 or later:

  • Iphones
  • Ipads
  • Ipods
  • Macs (MacOS Lion or more recent)
  • PC with Itunes

A list of”Recieiver” devices includes:

  • Apple HomePod
  • Apple TV
  • Airport Express
  • Third-party speakers (e.g Sonos One)

Difference Between Airplay 2.0 and Airplay

Airplay 2.0 has the feature upgrade of a multi-speaker and therefore multi-room function. This will be useful to some, but it seems that Airplay 2.0 is probably as much of a statement of Apples intention to compete with the other leading streaming systems that exist.

The most obvious competitor is Googles Chromecast, which has sold in excess of 55 million units but most likely towards 100 million. This is big business that Apple wants to contend for.


How to use Airplay 2.0

Using Airplay 2.0 is a very straightforward process that works just like Chromecast. Provided you have a Sender and Reciever device with compatible operating software installed, you are all set to promptly use Airplay 2.0.

When viewing media on a Sender device, just look out for the Airplay icon, tap or click on it and you will prompted with a list of your Receiver devices. Just select the device you wish to stream the media to and your on your way.

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Airplay 2.0 Devices

Apple has done a respectable job of onboarding many manufacturers to integrate Airplay into their devices. Such integration is ongoing and will commence over the coming months and years. Despite clearly making indents to Sonos multi-room selling point, the audio company is complying and working with Apple to ensure its devices have Airplay 2.0. Here is a list of speakers working with Airplay 2.0:

  • Apple HomePod
  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A6
  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 (2nd gen.)
  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9 (3rd gen.)
  • Bang & Olufsen Beoplay M3
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound 2 (2nd gen.)
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound 35
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound Core
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound Edge
  • Bang & Olufsen Beosound Essence (2nd gen.)
  • Bang & Olufsen Beovision Eclipse
  • Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2
  • Libratone ZIPP
  • Libratone ZIPP Mini
  • Marantz AV7703
  • Marantz AV7704
  • Marantz AV7705
  • Marantz AV8805
  • Marantz NA6006
  • Marantz ND6006
  • Marantz NR1508
  • Marantz NR1509
  • Marantz NR1608
  • Marantz NR1609
  • Marantz SR5012
  • Marantz SR5013
  • Marantz SR6012
  • Marantz SR6013
  • Marantz SR7011
  • Marantz SR7012
  • Marantz SR7013
  • Marantz SR8012
  • Mu-so
  • Mu-so Qb
  • Sonos Beam
  • Sonos One
  • Sonos Play:5
  • Sonos Playbase

This list includes announced speakers and manufacturers that will soon have Airplay 2.0:

    • Beoplay M5
    • Sonos Amp
    • Naim ND 555
    • Naim ND5 XS 2
    • Naim NDX 2
    • Libratone ZIPP Mini 2
    • Libratone ZIPP 2
    • Devialet Phantom
  • KEF LSX

Rupert Pople

Rupert is the founder of this website and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices. Within his Business Management (BSc) degree at the University of Nottingham, he studied the technological impact of the Internet of Things.

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