Yes! Your AirPort Express can now stream AirPlay 2

AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Audio
AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Audio (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)

If you have Apple's — recently discontinued — Airport Express, good news: It now works with AirPlay 2. That's Apple's updated, multi-room aware, streaming technology. The same one used for HomePod and Apple TV.

You'll need to update to get it, according to Apple:

Firmware update 7.8 adds AirPlay 2 support to 802.11n AirPort Express base stations.

But once you do, and plug in any audio system, it'll join the list of available sources. Then it's just a matter of invoking Siri, or tapping the interface, to tell it to play.

It's so great that Apple added this update, especially for a now defunct product.

Rock on.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.