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USB Speaker works...but not for my ITunes...? Can anyone help?

Asked by DarlingRhadamanthus (11273points) January 10th, 2011

I just got a new speaker for my computer. It works on the USB (with no other cord——just plugged into the USB port.) If I listen to a radio show online…... live… it’s fine. But if the show /music is on ITunes (and most of the things I listen to are saved and opened with ITunes) it will only come out through the speakers in the computer, not the external new speaker even if the external speaker is plugged into the USB port. It is not diverting sound from ITunes into the external speaker…it continues to play only in the internal computer speakers.

I went into the control panel, this device is not on there, it was and now it is not showing. It didn’t work when it was showing either, though.

If you know what I am doing wrong…can you please advise? And as I always state when I post tech questions…be kind as I am not tech savvy. (A. do this B. do this is what I can handle…:)

Thanks so much!

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glenjamin's avatar

I don’t have experience with USB speakers, but other USB devices I’ve used have acted bizarrely at times. There are a few things you can do. It appears that iTunes doesn’t mix well with these speakers and that could be a driver conflict or who knows. These are the options I see:

1) How attached are you to these specific speakers? And how new are they? Can they be returned, perhaps for store credit to purchase non-usb speakers?

2) Are there any other ports in the back of the speakers—I’m getting at ports you could connect an optical line into, I know it didn’t come with any cords, but you should be able to find a cord at radio shack that has optical (stereo – two black lines, like headphones) jacks at both ends. If there is a way to bypass this, it would cost you some money but could be an option.

3) Maybe whatever company made the speakers has a tech support line, you can give that a try if its free.

If neither of these options are workable then further research is warranted. I found the below thread through google:

Hope this helps

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Dear Glenn,

I managed to get the USB to work with my ITUNES…and prompted disabled the sound from the computer itself! The speakers on this computer are absolutely awful (one tiny speaker) so I thought getting some new ones would be great. Uh…now, I have to figure out to do.

Thank you very, very much for your help!

GrayTax's avatar

A bit belated but, if you’re on Windows, it might be that iTunes’ global volume setting (as it were) was lowered by something else. This used to happen to my copy of Winamp. To fix, you’d right-click on the sound icon in the taskbar and then “open volume mixer”. from there you’d be able to set volume levels for individual programs.

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