Using Spotify, iOS and Airplay for a “Sonos-Style” multi-room Set-Up

So a day of playing with my brothers Sonos set-up has spurred me on to working out how close you can get to a “Sonos-style” set up with Spotify, iOS and Airplay.

The answers is reasonably close, it’s not a perfect alternative but as I’ve got a bunch of airplay receivers already it is a much cheaper option for me.

My current set up is the following,

Me and the wife both on iPhone iOS with spotify account. Normally I Airplay that straight into my home cinema which is hooked up to an Apple TV. This works well but of course isn’t exactly a multi-room set-up. I have an Airport Express lying around that you can also airplay to but there’s a limitation of iOS that you can only send to one location at once.

You can send to two places via Airplay from a Mac, either off-the-shelf via iTunes or from Spotify or any app through Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil App. It’ll set you back $25.

So at this point you can send spotify audio to multiple Airplay devices in-sync, adjust volume etc. But you have to be at your Mac to do so.

Recently and without much fanfare Spotify released Spotify Connect This allows you to use the Spotify App on your iOS device to control Spotify on your Mac, if you’re signed into the same Spotify account and on the same Wi-Fi Network. If you’ve got both apps open then you’ll be prompted on your iPhone whether you want to control Spotify or use as normal.

So with your Mac outputting via Airfoil to the Airplay devices and you able to control it on your iPhone. Very nearly the same as Sonos, apart from the fact you need the mac switched on, and in my case as it’s a laptop, it needs to be open.

Not ideal but no need to buy a full new Sonos set-up.

Next steps for me is buying a extra couple of Airplay receivers like these Douself A900 Mini Wireless Airplay Receiver
and maybe if I justify it a Mac Mini that I can keep running all the time.

 

Estes Riptide Basic Model Rocket Review

Maybe it’s all to do with those people landing a probe on a comet but I finally went out and bought a model rocket “for the kids”.

After a bit of research I went for a basic package from ModelRockets.co.uk for theĀ Estes Riptide. It’s got terrible reviews on on Amazon but was really highly recommended on the Model Rockets sites.

Continue reading “Estes Riptide Basic Model Rocket Review”

Sanguine Shavette Cut Throat Razor Review

I’ve been beardy for ages, mostly out of laziness. I’d tidy it up with a series of bear trimmers, basically which ever one I could find the charger for. I’d tried to let it grow out a little but it was looking a bit too hobo.

It needed serious response. I din’t want to lose too much of the beard so I went along to my local generic barber for a bit of a tidy up. They went mad but ended up looking reasonable.

This was the first time I’d ever gone for an official beard trim rather than my own sheep shearing approach.

One thing I had expected was them to tidy up the edges with a cut-throat razor. And that triggered a thought I’d had in the back of my mind about trying one out.

Cue a convoluted research process, who knew so much variety was out there.

Continue reading “Sanguine Shavette Cut Throat Razor Review”