Playing music is one of the most popular ways of entertaining ourselves. We listen to music as we work, study, travel, and even when we sleep. Music is also a great way to express our feelings and moods. We listen to lively and upbeat songs when we want to stay awake and energetic, or to sad and mellow songs when we want to cry. Thanks to music streaming apps, we can listen to millions of songs without the need to download them individually.
Spotify is one of the leading song and podcast streaming software available for you to download on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. This application allows you to listen to millions of songs and content from millions of artists around the world. It is downloadable for free on various smart devices but it has premium features for a more enjoyable and ad-free music streaming.
What is Airplay and How Does It Work?
Apple Airplay is a feature on Apple devices that lets you broadcast content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch on your Apple TV, AirPort Express, or AirPlay-enabled speakers. So, you can watch videos and project photos on a bigger screen or listen to music on a loudspeaker.
To begin streaming, you need to connect your iOS device and Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible speaker to the same Wi-Fi network. Open the Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch screen and then tap Airplay. It looks like a rectangle with a solid triangle at the bottom. From there, you can select the device you want to stream content to and then your Apple TV or speaker will broadcast the photo, video, or music you chose to play.
Why Do You Need to Create Your Own Airplay and Spotify Server
It’s important to note that AirPlay only works for Apple devices and those with the latest iOS. That means you cannot play Spotify via AirPlay unless you’re using an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Apple TV. Creating your own AirPlay + Spotify server lets you play Spotify songs from your Apple devices to your AirPlay receivers over the Wi-Fi. That means you can control your music over your multi-room Airplay-enabled stereo system. You can synchronise your songs and change the settings of your audio using your iOS device.
Setting up your AirPlay + Spotify Server
The first thing you’ll need to do is to download the server. There are a lot of third-party servers online that you can use, such as Plex and Raspberry Pi. Once you’ve downloaded the software on your Mac, you need to open them and then configure the settings so that you can choose your media files and music source. Connect the server to the service, which serves as the bridge from the server to receivers, and then configure the router. After doing these steps, your server is good to go.
Connecting the Server to your Apple Device
Download the complementary app of your server on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and then select the server you’ve set up beforehand. Streaming should work shortly after. You can now use your Apple device to play Spotify music. You can also control various settings such as the volume and latency of every AirPlay-compatible speaker you have.
Songs, podcasts, and other contents on Spotify are best played on high volumes. If you have AirPlay-enabled speakers around your house, creating your own AirPlay + Spotify server can help you automate and control your audio from your iOS devices.
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