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I am trying to understand how AirTunes actually works. It somehow sends my songs to a wireless device via iTunes and only iTunes. Shouldn't this also be possible via a different program?

It can't be so complicated, but I am trying to understand why it is possible with iTunes.

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Note that because there can be some buffering and latency, it's not appropriate for interactive audio like games, live two-way audio chat, and system UI sounds. That's why it's not provided as a generic system audio output devices. –  Spiff Apr 3 '11 at 17:14

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It works like this.

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-1: Link-only answers are bad. –  Wuffers Apr 3 '11 at 15:08
    
Questions that can be answered by Google are bad. –  ta.speot.is Apr 4 '11 at 1:59

It's a streaming audio protocol that Apple has implemented for a variety of its hardware and software.

There's nothing "special" about iTunes except that that just happens to be where Apple has implemented it.

Rogue Amoeba has a piece of software called Airfoil that implements this functionality and expands upon it outside of iTunes.

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