Airplay 1 or 2 stopping after 10 seconds

Core Machine (Operating system/System info/Roon build number)

Ubuntu server 18.04 LTS/HP Z2 Mini G4 i7 8700/Roon Core 1.6
Network Details (Including networking gear model/manufacturer and if on WiFi/Ethernet)

Gigabit Ethernet (HP PS1810/Sinology RT2600AC)

Audio Devices (Specify what device you’re using and its connection type - USB/HDMI/etc.)

Networked devices - Apple TV 4k, Sony STR-DN1080

Description Of Issue

After 10 seconds of playing on Airplay, the audio stops, CPU goes to maximum usage, the slider in player move fast to end of track.
On chromecast audio of STR-DN1080 no track/artist/album are shown (in Spotify they are)

Hi @Bogdan_Dorin,

Can you share some details on how your devices are connected to the network?

If you play to other endpoints do you experience the same behavior or do things work okay?

Are these Airplay devices grouped?

They are not grouped, other devices as bluesound node 2I or chromecast are working, it is something regarding software on ubuntu server, ffmpeg or libalsa, when the issue start the processor goes to maximum usage.

bogdandorin@roon : ~ $ sudo apt show ffmpeg

Package: ffmpeg

Version: 7:3.4.4-0ubuntu0.18.04.1

Priority: optional

Section: universe/video

Origin: Ubuntu

Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <>

Original-Maintainer: Debian Multimedia Maintainers <>


Installed-Size: 2276 kB

Depends: libavcodec57 (>= 7:3.4.4) | libavcodec-extra57 (>= 7:3.4.4), libavdevice57 (>= 7:3.4.4), libavfilter6 (>= 7:3.4.4) | libavfilter-extra6 (>= 7:3.4.4), libavformat57 (>= 7:3.4.4), libavresample3 (>= 7:3.4.4), libavutil55 (>= 7:3.4.4), libc6 (>= 2.14), libpostproc54 (>= 7:3.4.4), libsdl2-2.0-0 (>= 2.0.8), libswresample2 (>= 7:3.4.4), libswscale4 (>= 7:3.4.4)

Suggests: ffmpeg-doc

Breaks: libav-tools (<< 6:12~~), qt-faststart (<< 7:2.7.1-3~)

Replaces: libav-tools (<< 6:12~~), qt-faststart (<< 7:2.7.1-3~)


Task: ubuntustudio-video, ubuntustudio-audio, ubuntukylin-desktop, ubuntu-budgie-desktop

Supported: 3y

Download-Size: 1587 kB

APT-Manual-Installed: yes

APT-Sources: bionic-updates/universe amd64 Packages

Description: Tools for transcoding, streaming and playing of multimedia files

FFmpeg is the leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode,

mux, demux, stream, filter and play pretty much anything that humans and

machines have created. It supports the most obscure ancient formats up to the

cutting edge.


This package contains:

  • ffmpeg: a command line tool to convert multimedia files between formats

  • ffserver: a multimedia streaming server for live broadcasts

  • ffplay: a simple media player based on SDL and the FFmpeg libraries

  • ffprobe: a simple multimedia stream analyzer

  • qt-faststart: a utility to rearrange Quicktime files

bogdandorin@roon : ~ $ sudo apt show libasound2

Package: libasound2

Version: 1.1.3-5ubuntu0.2

Priority: optional

Section: libs

Source: alsa-lib

Origin: Ubuntu

Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <>

Original-Maintainer: Debian ALSA Maintainers <>


Installed-Size: 1310 kB

Depends: libasound2-data (>= 1.1.3-5ubuntu0.2), libc6 (>= 2.16)

Suggests: libasound2-plugins (>= 1.0.24)

Breaks: bluez-alsa (<= 4.94-2), libasound2-plugin-equal (<= 0.6-1), libasound2-plugins (<< 1.0.24)


Task: ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop, xubuntu-core, xubuntu-desktop, lubuntu-gtk-core, lubuntu-desktop-share, lubuntu-gtk-desktop, lubuntu-gtk-desktop, lubuntu-core, lubuntu-core, lubuntu-desktop, lubuntu-qt-core, lubuntu-qt-desktop, lubuntu-qt-desktop, ubuntustudio-desktop-core, ubuntustudio-desktop, ubuntukylin-desktop, ubuntu-mate-core, ubuntu-mate-desktop, ubuntu-budgie-desktop

Supported: 5y

Download-Size: 359 kB

APT-Manual-Installed: yes

APT-Sources: bionic-updates/main amd64 Packages

Description: shared library for ALSA applications

This package contains the ALSA library and its standard plugins, as well

as the required configuration files.


ALSA is the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.

Moving to the Intel Nuc Rock (I have a spare celeron Nuc) the issue is not present.
So I suppose the issue is linked to alsa/ffmpeg versions on Ubuntu server 18.04 LTS.

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