Playing music via Apple TV

I intend to plug the HDMI out from Apple TV into my TV and the optical out from the Apple TV device into av receiver. can I then AirPlay music from ipod through the Av receiver without the need for the TV to be on?

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    If your ATV is powered up and on the same wireless network as your iPod then it should show up as an AirPlay Output Device on the iPod - subject to IOS version(?). Your TV doesn't need to be on for this to work, but you will need to enable AirPlay on your ATV. Sometimes I need to restart my ATV before it is visible to other devices on the network and vice versa.

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