There are a few ways to do this:
1) Wireless to your receiver IE:
Apple airport express:
I'm sure there are many other (wireless music streaming device) made by CL, ADS, D-Link and linksys - Some do video also
You can also wire to your receiver IE:
mini plug to RCA adapter and 3.5 MM or RCA extension from your computer to Stereo. Depending on how far you need to go.
You can pick these up at radio shack for a few dollars.
If you don't have far to go wired would be an ok solution.
Once your computer is hooked up to your stereo just choose the right input, start itunes and your good to go.
Hope this helps
I use my computer as my main music source - I've copied most of my cd's to it and also have a lot downloads from iTunes etc. I'd like to be able to run a line from my computer to a receiver and then use the receiver to pipe the music to other rooms in my house. So my questions are:
(1) What type of input does a receiver need to have in order for me to be able to run a line from the computer to the receiver and play my downloaded music through the receiver? (I have a Dell, and the line from the desktop speakers and subwoofer to the computer looks very much like a simple headset wire and the out on the computer looks like a simple heaset jack. Of course, I'm sure it's more complicated than that.)
(2) Once I get the computer hooked up to the receiver, can I just start the music player on the compuer and then turn the receiver to the right input? Do I need a digital receiver in between the computer and the receiver?
(3) Is there a better way to do this?
Any tips / hardware suggestions on making this work would be appreciated.