We have AirPlay speakers on our network, that can only be controlled using iTunes for Windows. As I'm booted into Ubuntu, I'd like to be able to control the music being played. Is there any way to do this other than getting a VirtualBox to boot Windows?


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First, install "PulseAudio Preferences" and the PulseAudio RAOP module if you don't already have them:

sudo apt-get install paprefs pulseaudio-module-raop

Now open up paprefs via the launcher (or System > Preferences > PulseAudio Preferences). Now if you enable Make discoverable Apple AirTunes sound devices available locally, you can select AirPlay speakers like any other sound output device!

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    I have tried this solution but it doesn't worked out on Ubuntu 12.04 (my AirTunes speaker is a Freebox 6, maybe that's why it didn't work as they use Shareplay and not AirPlay). Anyway, just to complete, you need "sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-module-raop" to have the box clickable.
    – Damien
    Jun 25, 2012 at 14:08
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    I know this is old, but it came up for me in Google trying to solve this issue. I had to install the raop module as above, and then restart pulseaudio for this to work, with the commands pulseaudio -k and pulseaudio --start.
    – Dave Child
    Jan 16, 2014 at 10:13
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    And for the dummies like me, don't forget install PulseAudio Preferences, of course.
    – Agmenor
    Mar 22, 2014 at 20:09
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    And if you're wondering what's the package name for Pulseaudio Preferences it is paprefs
    – s3v3n
    Jun 28, 2014 at 16:22
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    If you are using Ubuntu 20.04 and it is crashing when selecting install, you need to setup a symlink as the folder name is changed. sudo ln -s /usr/lib/pulse-13.99.1 /usr/lib/pulse-13.99 Source: reddit.com/r/Ubuntu/comments/gvtzpb/… Aug 19, 2020 at 13:34

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