AirPlay is very choppy
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.