AirPlay suddenly not working? Try this.

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I’ll admit it, I’ve totally bought into the Apple ecosystem. Their ecosystem is great because it “just works” (except when it doesn’t).

I’ve noticed more and more on OS X Mavericks that the OS will not allow me to select my Yahama receiver, which appear on my network as AirPlay speakers. This issue is annoying, and used to require me to reboot my machine to get things working again.

After a little investigation, I found a quick way to kill the system coreaudio daemon. Doing this has fixed my issue 100% of the time. If you having this problem, give this trick a try.

The Easy Way

Not everyone is comfortable doing things in Terminal. I get it, it’s a scary world if you don’t know what you’re doing. If this sounds like you, grab this simple app I wrote to reset your audio and get AirPlay working again.


For Geeks: The GitHub Project for the simple AppleScript App above.

The Terminal Way

Oh, you fancy, huh?

If you’re comfortable working in a shell, simply open one up and run:

sudo kill `ps -ax | grep 'coreaudiod' | grep 'sbin' | awk '{print $1}'`

That should do it! You should up and running again, enjoying your tunes on your AirPlay speakers.

Find an issue?
Open a pull request against my blog on GitHub.
Ben Limmer