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  • BananaTunes - Stream Music from iDevice to a Mac


    We posted about Banana TV a while back, which lets you use a Mac as an AirPlay destination for video. We're working with developer Erica Sadun to market the app, and so I see the support emails daily - the most common one being "when can I stream audio"?

    With the recent discovery of the AirTunes private key, it's now possible to integrate streaming audio from an iOS device to any Mac running a new beta build of Banana Tunes (which is the app Erica is using to beta test this new streaming possibility). She's been feverishly developing and researching the past couple weeks to get audio streaming working from iOS to OS X. The hope is it will be integrated into a future build of Banana TV.

    You can download the beta files from her FTP at ericasadun.com/ananab. There's two links there - an install pack (read the readme inside to see how to install) and the actual Banana Tunes app.

    Test away, folks! Erica would love your feedback on how the app is working, as it will help development.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: BananaTunes - Stream Music from iDevice to a Mac started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. bluaeon's Avatar
      bluaeon -
      jailbroken phones i believe?

      also instruction that came with does not specify where to put the banana tune app. anyone know?
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      No, this does not require a jailbreak. The app runs on your Mac, and any iOS device can then stream to your Mac!
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      This is awesome been waiting for this for a pretty long time now... PC version would be great too but I'm definitely going to take advantage of this.
    1. dallasnights's Avatar
      dallasnights -
      Is there a windows version like this that works for us PC users?
    1. bereninga's Avatar
      bereninga -
      Why not just use the Remote app?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bereninga View Post
      Why not just use the Remote app?
      Thats what i am saying.
    1. GenesisDH's Avatar
      GenesisDH -
      Quote Originally Posted by bereninga View Post
      Why not just use the Remote app?
      Say, you want to play your music on a computer that isn't yours, such as a friend's computer or a Mac used as a presentation tool at a school or business. Than this would be the only way you could do so, since Remote doesn't work with computers it isn't authorized for.

      Also, it works with almost any app that allows for AirPlay audio streaming. So you could play non-iTunes media through a Mac just like you could with an Airport Express or AppleTV.
    1. rocketApe's Avatar
      rocketApe -
      Good fruit choice.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bereninga View Post
      Why not just use the Remote app?
      Isn't the remote app just to control your iTunes library from your device. This is completely different. Your are streaming your music from your idevice to the computer not controlling what's already on your computer.
    1. iBanks's Avatar
      iBanks -
      Quote Originally Posted by Antman217 View Post
      Isn't the remote app just to control your iTunes library from your device. This is completely different. Your are streaming your music from your idevice to the computer not controlling what's already on your computer.
      True.... and this completely replaces the rhapsody website streaming for me, as I can now use the rhapsody app on my device and play through my surround system since Rhapsody fails to create an app for the Mac. This is good stuff. Plus, I had broken the adapter door for my iPhone to connect directly to my surround sound, and now able to do it all over again, and don't have to leave it docked.
    1. The Man of Sand's Avatar
      The Man of Sand -
      Wow this is totally bananas!!!
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by dallasnights View Post
      Is there a windows version like this that works for us PC users?
      Yah kinda. Under development at least, no ETA.

      Quote Originally Posted by bereninga View Post
      Why not just use the Remote app?
      See below.

      Quote Originally Posted by GenesisDH View Post
      Say, you want to play your music on a computer that isn't yours, such as a friend's computer or a Mac used as a presentation tool at a school or business. Than this would be the only way you could do so, since Remote doesn't work with computers it isn't authorized for.

      Also, it works with almost any app that allows for AirPlay audio streaming. So you could play non-iTunes media through a Mac just like you could with an Airport Express or AppleTV.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Umm so there is a reason why it's beta... mine connects just fine but sounds very choppy at the moment.
    1. StellarZ's Avatar
      StellarZ -
      Here's my reason for using it.

      I have my iTunes library on my MacBook Air and sync with that computer. What If I want to listen to my music on my Mac Mini that's connected to my TV? I would have to close the iTunes app on my MBA and start it on the Mac Mini and when I'm done I would have to close it on the Mac Mini in order to use it on the MBA again. It's really just making it super convenient for me and avoiding some what I think are some unnecessary steps. Great work Erica!

      Now all I need is the ability to play on multiple AirTunes speakers via iPhone's iPod. Is there a Cydia app that will accomplish this?
    1. barryson77's Avatar
      barryson77 -
      why would i wanna stream music from my iphone to my mac?please people tell me,because i think this app is useless.banana tv is cool,its nice to stream video or photos from ur idevice to your mac considering the large display
    1. emckissack's Avatar
      emckissack -
      anyone have better install instructions? So far I have had to "Show all hidden folders" in order to find my "usr" folder which is in my "root dir?" or "windows version of C: drive. so in that folder I create "local" folder, then in there create "lib" folder. I copied the files "ao and libao.4" into there and then tried to run the banana app. i get a message that the app is not built for my version of osx. Not sure what to do from here. I am running the latest version of snow leopard.
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      Tyvm
    1. nkgneto's Avatar
      nkgneto -
      If you could stream the Crackle app to your mac it would be nice, since this app doesn't work on Macs. Then you could watch free movies.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by emckissack View Post
      anyone have better install instructions? So far I have had to "Show all hidden folders" in order to find my "usr" folder which is in my "root dir?" or "windows version of C: drive. so in that folder I create "local" folder, then in there create "lib" folder. I copied the files "ao and libao.4" into there and then tried to run the banana app. i get a message that the app is not built for my version of osx. Not sure what to do from here. I am running the latest version of snow leopard.
      Open Finder and hit Command+Shift+G. This will allow you to type which directory path you want to type. Type /usr/local/ and hit return. You'll prob already see a lib folder, but if not create it. Either way, drop the two files in there and then run Banana Tunes.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Pretty cool.