Air­Play is very choppy

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Q I have an iMac with Yosemite with the lat­est up­date, an iPad Air 2, Air­Port Ex­press (lat­est model) and a BT Home Hub 5. They are all linked wire­lessly to my dig­i­tal con­verter to play mu­sic on my hi-fi in a sep­a­rate room. I can play any mu­sic I have on the Ama­zon ap­pli­ca­tion on my com­puter to­gether with Ama­zon Mu­sic on my iPad and it is ex­cel­lent, no dropouts – per­fect! I then try to play items on Re­mote and it is so full of dropouts that it’s im­pos­si­ble to lis­ten to. Why can’t I have the same con­tin­u­ous per­for­mance from Re­mote? Peter A The iOS Re­mote app adds a lit­tle bit of ex­tra net­work load but most home Wi-Fi net­works should have more than enough band­width to han­dle this at the same time as stream­ing the au­dio over Air­Play. But it’s ob­vi­ously more com­pli­cated than that be­cause peo­ple have been com­plain­ing about jerky per­for­mance for sev­eral years now.

If you click the lit­tle Air­Play icon next to the vol­ume slider in iTunes and you should see an op­tion for ‘Mul­ti­ple Speak­ers’ in the pop-up menu. Se­lect­ing this has been re­ported to help with au­dio dropouts.

A com­pletely dif­fer­ent kind of so­lu­tion is to set your Wi-Fi router to use a fixed Wi-Fi chan­nel, rather than its au­to­matic set­ting, which causes it to hop around to find the one that is clear­est at the time. It may be that the au­dio stream is in­ter­rupted when your router hops chan­nels.

Some peo­ple have re­ported that switch­ing iTunes’ out­put op­tion to Mul­ti­ple helps with dropouts.

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