On December 11, 2018, Bluesound Generation 2i streaming music players will receive a software update that will enable Apple AirPlay 2 support. With this functionality, owners will be able to stream audio directly from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to compatible a Bluesound player.
On December 11, all Bluesound customers will be prompted to update their players to the latest version of BluOS, Bluesound's proprietary hi-res multiroom platform. For customers with Bluesound's newest Generation 2i players, the software update will enable AirPlay 2. Gen 2i users can then stream music services, podcasts, audiobooks, movies, games, YouTube audio, TV sound and stored music from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer to any Bluesound Gen 2i player on the same Wi-Fi network. The integration also gives Apple Music listeners the ability to control playback on their Bluesound Gen 2i using Siri voice control.
"AirPlay 2 seamlessly integrates the power of iOS devices with the high-fidelity audio performance of Bluesound," says Bluesound in a prepared announcement.
Multiple Bluesound Gen 2i players can synchronously play the same stream, or users can opt to push different content to individual players around the home. For those with older-generation Bluesound products in their homes as well, as long as the older speakers are grouped with at least one new Gen2i unit, they can play the same AirPlay 2 streamed content.