I recently updated iTunes and was pleasantly surprised with what I found. I think Apple have done a good job refreshing it and choosing which features are the most important for users in 2012. It was about time they added fixed the play next stuff. However I had one issue, where had airplay gone?!

New fine grain airplay controls
As it turns out not very far, there is just a strange bug that means it doesn’t always show up for people when they first update.
Here is how I fixed it in the end.

Make sure you are not in full screen mode. Then click on the icon that turns iTunes into the miniPlayer (top right, next to the full screen icon). In the miniPlayer view the Airplay icon should be visible.

Location of iTunes MiniPlayer Icon

MiniPlayer Icon

I then quit iTunes and relaunched it. That seemed to do the trick and now the airplay icon is visible in all modes: Full screen, normal and in the miniPlayer.

Hope that works for you too.

I’ll just add that I really like the prominence airplay gets in the new version of iTunes and I real like how you can adjust the respective volumes of all the airplay device currently in use from the single dropdown. Very handy.


  1. Adrian says:

    Worked for me, thanks very much.

  2. lukasz says:

    Thx very much i was looking for this answer , thx a lot

  3. Chris says:

    I found the airplay icon in the miniPlayer, as you pointed out. Unfortunately, quitting iTunes and relaunching at that point still doesn’t bring the airplay icon back for me. Also, in the miniPlayer, the icon is just acting as a volume control (it’s not recognizing my Airplay-enabled receiver), so not sure what’s going on. Thanks for the tip, though.

  4. Jason says:

    I had same problem with trying to connect to my Denon 1913 reciever or my IPhone 4S.
    Finally unplugged reciever for a few minutes and the AirPlay icon returned on both receiver and IPhone.

  5. Sandrete says:

    Same problem over here, using Denon AVR 1912.
    Did you find a solution? The AVR works fine, internet radio etc. but Airplay is not showing up

  6. Marc says:

    I have a Denon AVR 1713.
    When I unplug the AVR, plug back and select “Network” source, after it connects, I see the icon appearing on my iPhone / iTunes. Unfortunately it does not stay on the iPhone.
    It feels like this function is totally bugged.

  7. Peter says:

    Same problem. Airplay doesnt worrk now and mini player only lets me move vloume slider. So many problems with itunes over the years

  8. Cheryl says:

    Thank you!!!!! Your tip saved lots of frustration. Now lets hope someone can shed some light to find it on my phone.

  9. Brandon says:

    Windows 8
    Apple TV 3
    Netgear router

    Everything was working perfectly for several months then stopped. Suddenly no AirPlay icon in iTunes but iPhone and other pc’s had airplay working correctly. Reset router, reset apple tv, changed from ethernet to wifi. Nothing worked. I wound up having to uninstall and reinstall iTunes and wouldn’t you know the airplay worked perfectly.

  10. Andy B says:

    Thanks for suggestion but not working for me as well – In the miniPlayer, the icon is just acting as a volume control (it’s not recognizing my Airplay-enabled receiver) too. Am using a pioneer receiver VSX 921i that used to work fine. Tried turing router, etc, off and on, quiting iTunes but no luck. Any suggestions gratefully received

  11. Andy B says:

    Ok fixed it. When I turned off receiver using remote it made no difference. But when physically unplugged it and then turned it on it worked – icon reappleared and went blue and worked!! Also had problem with Audinirvana, which I had to quit in order to play itunes through airplay, but at least airplay icon is back, and it works after I quite audinirvana. Happy now !

  12. morgan says:

    This just happened to me and nothing is bringing it back – no mini-player or reboot…bah. This is not good.

  13. Colm says:

    Damn. Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. Maybe it doesn’t work with the latest version of iTunes…

  14. Eric says:

    Worked great. Thanks.

  15. Chris says:

    I’m having the same problem, playing itunes from my PC through AirPlay to my receiver. Worked fine until the last iTunes update. Uninstalled and reinstalled iTunes. Uninstalled and reinstalled the AirPort. (My PC recognizes the AirPort but iTunes doesn’t. I’m at my wits end.

  16. Sebastian says:

    I just updated my Itunes on my Mac and i cannot find the airplay icon for my Bowers & Wilkens Z2. Can anyone please help?

  17. Matt says:

    Great tip, but no luck for me. I’ve tried updating the firmware on everything, soft rebooting everything, hard rebooting everything, checking router settings, checking firewall settings, disabling firewalls, changing the view of iTunes to a miniplayer, you name it. I have an Apple TV, an Airport Express with speakers attached, a new-generation Airport Express with speakers, and a TimeCapsule. All show up on my iphones and ipads, but none show up in iTunes. Incidentally – all devices show up in Airport Utility on the PC. Just not in iTunes.

    This confirms for me, again, that iTunes is simply the worst piece of bloatware ever produced.

  18. Freedom says:

    Thanks so much for posting this info. It was driving me crazy not being able to play through AirTunes.

  19. Michael Scott says:

    Holy SHIT what is wrong with these Apple dudes that they make us jump through such hoops just to make their software WORK???

  20. jay says:

    No, does not work for me in iTunes 12….. I had airplay, and all of a sudden all the available speakers on the netwok disappeared (as if the network were down, and its not) so I switched from multiplayer to single to “refresh” the view, and the AirTunes icon disappeared, never to return.. in any view…. iTunes cloud is also problematic… Some songs not available to play ( even when device authorized) and not available to buy again either because the cloud knows I own them…. iTunes 12 is a non-intuitive “bug” factory.

  21. Julia says:

    This sort of worked for me – once the miniplayer was opened, I could see the Airplay icon. However, once iTunes restarted, still not showing in full screen view. But at least I can find the Airplay icon when I need it via the miniplayer, so thanks!

  22. R Garella says:

    Didn’t work for me. The Airplay icon appears, but disappears as soon as I start to play. There’s neither a full-screen nor a miniplayer icon next to the search box as shown. Window->Switch to Miniplayer brings up the miniplayer, but there’s no Airplay button there. I can switch to Airplay via option+sound icon in menu bar but this sends all Mac sound to airplay, not just iTunes.
    Now I have noticed something infuriating … actually the Airplay icon doesn’t disappear at all *except* when I try to play a particular radio station in iTunes. The one I want to play, of course.

  23. Libation says:

    Did like the Cat said. I was in full screen, grabbed a corner and pulled in a little. Bingo! the little guy showed up. Now I’m afraid to shut it down. The other poster who unplugged his receiver had a good idea. Kinda like resetting the whole schmear.

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