AirPlay 2 cracked, will enable multiroom play to non-supported audio system


Audio fans preferring to take heed to music on their present audio system have been ready for a while to see AirPlay 2 cracked, and that day has now arrived.

Three builders who’ve been engaged on the issue for a while say they’ve now achieved it…


The unique announcement was made in a Slack group, after which posted to GitHub.

Guys… prepared? I can lastly affirm I obtained airplay2 working, together with multi-room! Audio streaming knowledge accurately recovered, decrypted and decoded!

Apple makes use of a proprietary streaming protocol which suggests solely audio system which have licensed the tech from Apple can obtain and decode the audio. However that protocol has now been reverse-engineered.

What this implies is that multi-room playback from iOS gadgets will probably be potential to any speaker system when related to one thing like a Raspberry Pi operating an app designed to obtain and decode AirPlay 2 audio streams.

The developer who made the announcement was fast to level out that cracking the protocol is simply step one: the crew nonetheless must construct an app round it earlier than it may be used.

The code I’ve is fairly a python prototype for debugging/reversing not meant for operating in “production”. You might need learn on this channel that @iostat is engaged on a cool Rust implementation of AirPlay 2. A little bit of endurance and I’m positive it’s going to occur.

AirPlay 1 had lengthy been cracked, so there are already apps like shairport-sync which permits iTunes to ship music to non-supported audio system through a small laptop. There’s a tutorial here on how to do that on a Raspberry Pi.

Apple’s AirPlay is an extremely helpful function – assuming, after all, that you’ve got sufficient Apple merchandise to make it work. As you in all probability know, AirPlay permits you to sling from an Apple machine to a different machine. However whereas Apple has been a little bit nicer than normal about licensing the tech out to third-party firms, there’s nonetheless a superb likelihood that your specific stereo isn’t AirPlay-capable. That’s too unhealthy, however its’ an issue you may resolve with – you guessed it – a Raspberry Pi. You may truly make a Raspberry Pi AirPlay receiver with nothing quite a lot of instructions in Terminal.

Nonetheless, though multi-room playback utilizing AirPlay 1 is supported by iTunes, streaming from an iOS machine requires AirPlay 2. Now that we’ve seen AirPlay 2 cracked, it shouldn’t be lengthy earlier than you are able to do the identical factor from an iOS machine.

If all this seems like an excessive amount of hassle, there’s an growing variety of AirPlay 2 speakers and receivers obtainable. Nonetheless, you do have to examine the specs rigorously to make sure that AirPlay 2 is particularly listed, as a whole lot of firms embrace the time period of their web optimization key phrases when the product solely helps AirPlay 1.

You’ll find some advisable AirPlay 2 audio system in our audio gift guide.

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