Apple’s AirPlay 2 brings multi-room audio streaming to HomeKit and beyond

Apple’s AirPlay 2 is the sequel to its original wireless audio streaming protocol, which adds multi-room synchronized streaming support, integration with HomeKit, Apple’s smart home control platform, and third-party app support. The AirPlay 2 feature will also let anyone on your Wi-Fi jump in and contribute to collaborative party playlists on the fly.

AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2’s public API means anyone making an app can also tap into the streaming fun, letting their own apps broadcast to multiroom speakers. Apple revealed a long list of hardware partners on the speaker side, too, meaning you should have no shortage of accessory choices. AirPlay 2 will also work with fourth generation Apple TV hardware, so that you can integrate your home theater system into the mix right away.

Multi-room audio is something that Sonos has done for a while, but it requires that apps support its own software and be controlled by its app. This could open up system-level iOS support, which would be amazing for stuff like YouTube, podcasts and more. It’s also table stakes with Google Cast, which Google offers as a system level feature on Android. That’s likely to preface a Siri speaker announcement, since it’s a key feature for Google Home, too.

Source: TechCrunch

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