Apple Homepad Playback

I recently started an Audirvana trial subscription. I’m currently running Audirvana on my MacBook Air and initially have a problem with Audirvana recoginizing my Homepod. Audirvana Support gave me a work-around which now allows me to stream directly to the Homepod. The problem I now have is the Airplay selection does not remain in the playback settings and I have to reset this via the work-around everytime I open Audirvana. Is there anyway retain the airplay selection in playback settings?

Hello @Fergus9,

which version of MacOS do you have?

I’m currently running Mac OS Big Sur, version 11.2.1

Audirvana Support work-around as follows;

There is a regression not fixed by Apple since OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) that makes the AirPlay device unavailable to any application other than iTunes (it is not even listed in Audio Midi Setup application). Until Apple fixes this, there is a workaround to get it back:

  1. Option/alt click on the loudspeaker icon on the menu bar


  1. Select AirPlay in the selection menu that appears

  2. You can then select AirPlay in Audirvana Audio Device Settings.

If the loudspeaker icon is not displayed on the menu bar, you can show it by going to System Preferences, Sounds page, and set the “Show loudness in menu bar” option.

In addition, be sure iTunes is not set to use the Airplay device.

Can you send me a copy of the “Debug Info”? You can get it in Audirvana Settings>General>Debug Info

Note: By clicking on the Debug Info button, Audirvana automatically copies all its content, all you have to do is paste it in response to this email

Best Regards,

Audirvana Support Team

Can you post your debug info so we can see if Audirvana identify your HomePod or not at all?

Audirvana Mac Version 3.5.44 (3574)
macOS 11.2.1 with 8192MB RAM

Trial version using demo license


Polarity Inversion:
	Globally: OFF
	Per track: ON
Effects plugins NOT ACTIVE

SoX not in use
SoX filter parameters
Bandwidth at 0dB = 99.5
Filter max length = 30000
Anti-aliasing = 100
Phase = 66

Max allowed volume: 100
Replay Gain: None
SW volume control: OFF

Sync list: 0 folders
iTunes/Music library synchronization: last synchronized on Mon Feb 22 15:22:47 2021

Library database path: /Users/ofergus1/Library/Application Support/Audirvana/AudirvanaPlusDatabaseV2.sqlite


=================== AUDIO DEVICE ========================

CoreAudio audio path, buffer I/O frame size: 512

Max. memory for audio buffers: 5120MB

Local Audio Engine:
Exclusive access: Enabled
Integer mode: Enabled

Preferred device:
Model UID:beafc8cf-9d7e-4b67-bf94-fe5480b331b1-568497103778-Audio

Active Sample Rate: 44.1kHz
Hog Mode is off

Bridge settings:
Sample rate limitation: none
Sample rate switching latency: none
Limit bitdepth to 24bit: OFF
Mute during sample rate change: OFF

Selected device:
Local audio device
ID 0x31 Built-in Output Manufacturer:Apple Inc.
Model UID:AppleHDA:126 UID:AppleHDAEngineOutput:1B,0,1,1:0

4 available sample rates up to 96000Hz
Audio buffer frame size : 14 to 4096 frames
Current I/O buffer frame size : 512
Volume Control
Physical: No
Virtual: Yes
MQA capability
Auto-detect MQA devices: No
Not a MQA device, user set to not MQA
DSD capability: Unhandled
Device audio channels
Preferred stereo channels L:1 R:2
Channel bitmap: Ox3, layout:
Channel 0 mapped to 0
Channel 1 mapped to 1

Audio channels in use
Number of channels: 2
Use as stereo device only: No
Simple stereo device: Yes

1 output streams:
Number of active channels: 2, in 1 stream(s)
Channel #0 :Stream 0 channel 0
Channel #1 :Stream 0 channel 1

Stream ID 0x32 2 channels starting at 1
4 virtual formats:
2 ch Mixable linear PCM Interleaved 32 little endian Signed Float 96kHz
2 ch Mixable linear PCM Interleaved 32 little endian Signed Float 88.2kHz
2 ch Mixable linear PCM Interleaved 32 little endian Signed Float 48kHz
2 ch Mixable linear PCM Interleaved 32 little endian Signed Float 44.1kHz

4 physical formats
2 ch Mixable linear PCM Interleaved 16 little endian Signed Integer 96kHz
2 ch Mixable linear PCM Interleaved 16 little endian Signed Integer 88.2kHz
2 ch Mixable linear PCM Interleaved 16 little endian Signed Integer 48kHz
2 ch Mixable linear PCM Interleaved 16 little endian Signed Integer 44.1kHz

Local devices found : 1
Device #0: ID 0x31 Built-in Output Manufacturer: Apple Inc. Model UID: AppleHDA:126 UID: AppleHDAEngineOutput:1B,0,1,1:0

UPnP devices found : 1
Device #0: ID 0x0 marantz:[SR7005] UID: uuid:5f9ec1b3-ff59-19bb-8530-000678085b2d Location:

Are you using your HomePod in Airplay with iTunes outside of Audirvana from time to time?

Yes, I regularly use my Homepod with itunes and for various podcasts and Zoom calls. I simply select the Homepod from the Airplay dropdown menu and it plays.

Can you check if you have iTunes opened with your HomePod selected while you try to select it in Audirvana?

In itunes, my Homepod remains selected until unselected. In Audirvana, the Homepod selection (shown as Airplay) disappears everytime I exist Audirvana. I then need to do the previously mentioned work-arounf to stream to my Homepod each time I use Audirvana. This is a real PIA.

We understand the frustration about this Airplay connectivity behavior, this is due to the policy of Apple that iTunes is prioritary for Apple over all other software that would use Airplay if the device is selected in iTunes…