Mac blogger and developer Erica Sadun is no stranger to these pages, having most recently created a handful of slick tools for extending the capabilities of Apple’s AirPlay technology. Now, it appears that all of her hard work will culminate in one package called Banana TV.
There’s another way to make sure your music’s wherever you are in your house: go wireless with AirPlay. Formerly known as AirTunes, AirPlay lets you set up iTunes to stream your music library throughout a home network using a $99 AirPort Express.
First released as part of iOS 4.2 last November, Apple’s new AirPlay technology is potentially one of the most exciting aspects of owning an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad -- assuming you’re willing to wait just a bit while hardware manufacturers play catch up.
Among the few disappointments that iOS 4.2 brought with it, AirPlay has been one users have been the most vocal about. In addition to being limited on which apps allow video streaming, the original Apple TV was left out of the party -- until now.
Well, heck yeah, you got yourself some iOS gear either in your stocking, under the tree, or you won it spinning some mad dreidel. We hear ya. And, of course, there's only one place where the Yule is as cool as it can possibly be, and that's right here, just in case ya missed it, suckas. Mac|Life, holiday style.
Enterprising developer Erica Sadun of TUAW fame has been reverse engineering Apple’s Airplay technology lately, and now she’s following up her successful Airplayer software for the Mac with AirFlick, a simple piece of Mac OS X software that streams any video or audio file to your second-generation Apple TV -- no iTunes required.
The AirPlay technology that Apple rolled out with iOS 4.2 is definitely the future, even though it’s quite lacking in its current incarnation. Thanks to an enterprising developer, you can now add iOS to Mac streaming capabilities, without ever having to hack your device.
For many, the biggest disappointment of iOS 4.2.1 was the reality that the long-awaited AirPlay feature was essentially neutered -- video streaming to an Apple TV was only possible from Apple’s own apps. According to Steve Jobs, that may change next year.
When Apple unleashed iOS 4.2 earlier this week, we were disappointed to see that full audio and video AirPlay support wasn't offered for third-party applications. With popular This, we're sure you'll agree, is a shame--especially with great applications like VLC, AirVideo and CineXPlayer screaming to make it off of iOS devices and on to a big screen. Fortunately, TUAW's Erika Sadun, whose genius is as constant as the North Star, was pretty bummed about this too. While the rest of us were busy sulking as we multitasked on our iPads, and moping with our new iPhone text tones, she got to work on finding out why only Apple apps had been invited to the AirPlay party, and what could be done about it.
Apple generally loves to spring new stuff upon an unsuspecting world on the second weekday, and this Tuesday promises to be no exception. But rather than a nifty new gadget that requires a trip to the Apple Store, the company has cleverly slipped a preview of an iTunes-related “exciting announcement” onto their website. What could it be?