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Stream we now a yuletide carol

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December

I don't know about you, but over the past 10 or 15 years my family has accumulated a ton of Christmas music. I'm pretty sure we could start playing it around the time the fake trees show up at Lowe's and never repeat a single track all the way through Valentine's Day.

Not that we would ever, ever do that.

But with all that music, it would be nice to actually be able to listen to it. And having it play on the iMac in the corner of our bedroom isn't really what I have in mind. What's the easiest way to get all that music from the computer to the stereo in the family room?

In our case, I've plugged an old Apple Airport Express into a power strip under the shelving unit in the living room, run an audio cable to the Audio In jack on our little bookcase stereo system and I can stream anything I want using AirPlay. Our house is small, and our network simple, so that does the trick. You can hear Deck the Halls from pretty much anywhere you'd want to hear it.

But maybe your house is bigger. Your budget might be bigger, too (or, though it feels unlikely, smaller). What if you want to stream traditional carols to the living room, but mix Weezer's and Relient K's holiday albums in the kitchen?

Then check out Christopher Breen's walk-through on MacUser. He gives a great rundown on everything from buying a slick, expensive new system you might use year round to throwing together something quick and inexpensive using gadgets you might already have hidden in your closet.

Just make sure you know the limits of your tolerance for fa-la-la before you go overboard.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 1:51pm]

    

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