Enabling Playback from Airplay Devices

The innuOS Operating System runs the Logitech Media Server (LMS) software in the background as its playback engine. It’s now possible to leverage a plugin on LMS named Shairtunes whereas it’s possible to cast audio from an Airplay Source, like an iPhone or iPad, to play on the Innuos Music Server. This enables scenarios such as playing the audio of an app running on iOS (Youtube for example) into the output of the Innuos Music Server. We have enabled Sense to recognize this plugin is active and in case an audio stream is played to it, the track data and album cover will show on the Sense Now Playing screen as well as play back the track.

Requirements

  • Innuos server/streamer updated with innuOS v2.1.0 or above;
  • Airplay will only be available if Roon is not active;
  • An Airplay output device such as an iPhone or iPad.
Note that currently, Airplay support depends on a 3rd party plugin available on LMS which is not developed by Innuos. Therefore we cannot guarantee the stability of this plugin, if it will have issues at some point in the future or if it will be removed without prior notice.

Configuring Airplay Playback

1. The Airplay service works through a dedicated plugin on the Logitech Media Server (LMS) server software within the innuOS system. You are required to add this plugin to it. Please refer to the article Access the internal Logitech Media Server (LMS) Software Settings on how to access the LMS settings and the plugins page. When done come back to this one and follow the next steps.

2. Click on the Plugins tab. Scroll down the lists of 3rd party inactive plugins and locate the ShairTunes2 (fork) plugin. Select it. Click “Apply” to install it.

Innuos Server Logitech Media Server (LMS) Plugins – Selecting ShairTunes2 (fork)

3. Restart the LMS server software to apply the new plugin install. Allow a minute to restart properly.

Innuos server Logitech Media Server (LMS) plugins – restart the server to apply changes
Note that you may be required to refresh your browser

4. Go back to the LMS Plugins page (step [1.]) or refresh the web browser to update the LMS Plugins page. The “ShairTunes2” plugin should now appear on the Active plugins list. It should look something like the image below.

Innuos server Logitech Media Server (LMS) plugins – confirming that the plugin is in the Active zone

5. No further steps are required within the LMS. You can now take your device and direct your AirPlay to locate your Innuos Server. In the sample image, I’m using an iPhone to play my Apple music via AirPlay to a ZENith Mk3.

iPhone screen, selecting AirPlay options, and choosing the Zenith

6. On the Sense App, the track information will now display on the Now Playing screen.

Innuos Sense APP – Now Playing window with Airplay reference
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