I have an Airport Express hooked up to my stereo downstairs. I use Airtunes to stream Pandora (or other such things) from my iPad to the Airport, so I can listen to stuff while I work in the kitchen. But, good god, the AirTunes connection seems to be fragile as hell.
Often, the stream will keep cutting in and out. Sometimes, it will suddenly jump back to playing through the iPad, and I have to go back and re-link to the Airport. At first, I thought it was Pandora, but it seems to do this no matter what source on the iPad.
One thing I have never been clear about...When I stream from the iPad to the Airport Express, is the connection direct between the two, or does the connection travel through my AirportExtreme router?
Similarly, I have an AppleTV hooked to my tv. I often use the iPad to stream the Amazon Prime app to the AppleTV. Sometimes, I get similar dropouts to the ones I get using AirTunes. It’s all very frustrating.
FWIW, the iPad is never more than 15-20 feet from the Express, and has a clear sight. If everything goes through the router, it’s quite a bit further away upstairs. But, there are no dropouts if I’m just playing the apps on the iPad, and not streaming them.