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  • iHome Announces the First AirPlay Capable Speaker System

    iHome, makers of the #1 selling iPod Speaker System in North America, have today announced the first AirPlay Capable speaker system. While pricing is still unannounced, the new device is expected to be released “this holiday season.” While detailed tech specs of the new system are still unannounced, we know that it will be a wireless device with a rechargeable battery capable of receiving AirPlay sources.

    AirPlay Open to Third Parties.
    AirPlay is the technology featured in iTunes 10 (and slated for the yet unreleased iOS 4.2 for iPad) that will allow users to wirelessly stream videos, music and photos to the new Apple TV and/or to AirPlay capable speakers or receivers. AirPlay replaces Apple’s previous audio-only streaming feature called AirTunes. While AirTunes only supported streaming to Apple’s own Airport Express, the new standard has been opened up to various vendors. In-fact Apple’s AirPlay website states: “AirPlay wireless technology will be fully integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon

    Unlike the basic functionality of AirTunes, AirPlay will also stream associated information about the music playing including: song titles, artists, album names, and track durations.

    [ iHome AirPlay Website ].
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iHome Announces the First AirPlay Capable Speaker System started by Brian Fox View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. plcrules's Avatar
      plcrules -
      Wow wat a late post wat time do u sleep man?
    1. Saved0ne's Avatar
      Saved0ne -
      This seems amazing.
    1. MikeThomson's Avatar
      MikeThomson -
      Sleep when your dead... I like having a few late night posts
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I love the idea of airplay, but I'd like to see some adapters (supporting RCA, optical, and/or digital coaxial; preferably the latter two) for existing home theater/stereo systems. Give me an adapter like that, with AC power (batteries are useless in for this scenario) and you've got me sold. Hell, I'll buy five of them. This battery powered nonsense iHome is peddling sounds like junk to me. I suppose it's cool for outdoor use... except that AirPlay is designed to stream media from an iTunes library and utilize the iPhone/iPod as a remote, simply mediating between the speaker and the computer. As such, the only practical use for this toy is rich folk who want to listen to music while lounging at their pools... assuming they have a WiFi repeater in place to get them that kind of range. On the other hand, a receiver from Denon with full AirPlay support (video & audio) that allows for 720p video through HDMI and uncompressed Apple Lossless audio... well that would be awesome! My 2 cents.
    1. thrash907's Avatar
      thrash907 -
      Can't wait for this, I hate having to plug my iphone into the ihome only to take it off a few minutes later to take a call or check a text
    1. Waleed786's Avatar
      Waleed786 -
      Isn't airplay only for iPad?
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      Actually looks really sleek too, sometimes their products don't always look that attractive.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      It does look very modern and would match alot of living spaces, Im thinking though the price of this thing will be outrageous, I guess well see, its more of a convenient thing, id imagine more companies will be producing a cheaper style of these speakers.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This looks cool, but I'm gonna wanna see more specs before i drop my opinion

      Quote Originally Posted by plcrules View Post
      Wow wat a late post wat time do u sleep man?
      What time do you sleep? He's from the west coast so it wasn't even 12 there but in NY it was almost 3.
    1. niqolas619's Avatar
      niqolas619 -
      Can something really be called the "first" if it doesn't even release for another couple of months?

      Not too interested in Airplay in general. While it's annoying having to hook up my laptop to my TV to have video, it gives me the freedom to play anything I want on it - Slingplayer, YouTube, TVShack, Netflix, etc. Whereas the AirPlay thing is just for Apple content like iTunes, right?
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      Airplay on iPhone? Since when?


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    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      4.2 and itunes 10.

      On a side note, MacMall | iHome iH70 15 Watt Computer Speakers with iPod Syncing/Charging Dock iH70SRC went on a freaking good sale. just bought some myself.
    1. jaybrown81's Avatar
      jaybrown81 -
      Pretty interesting news.. But ill pass on this. But a great gift for sum1 this christmas. :-)
    1. caleb9707's Avatar
      caleb9707 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brian Fox View Post

      iHome, makers of the #1 selling iPod Speaker System in North America, have today announced the first AirPlay Capable speaker system. While pricing is still unannounced, the new device is expected to be released “this holiday season.” While detailed tech specs of the new system are still unannounced, we know that it will be a wireless device with a rechargeable battery capable of receiving AirPlay sources.

      AirPlay Open to Third Parties.
      AirPlay is the technology featured in iTunes 10 (and slated for the yet unreleased iOS 4.2 for iPad) that will allow users to wirelessly stream videos, music and photos to the new Apple TV and/or to AirPlay capable speakers or receivers. AirPlay replaces Apple’s previous audio-only streaming feature called AirTunes. While AirTunes only supported streaming to Apple’s own Airport Express, the new standard has been opened up to various vendors. In-fact Apple’s AirPlay website states: “AirPlay wireless technology will be fully integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon

      Unlike the basic functionality of AirTunes, AirPlay will also stream associated information about the music playing including: song titles, artists, album names, and track durations.

      [ iHome AirPlay Website ].
      this has been on the website for a few days. kinda late, don't ya think?
    1. D to the M's Avatar
      D to the M -
      Quote Originally Posted by caleb9707 View Post
      this has been on the website for a few days. kinda late, don't ya think?

      did you seriously need to quote him.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Some of you don't understand what AirPlay is. It a three piece or two piece setup. The first piece is your computer (with your iTunes library). The second piece (optional) is your iDevice which acts as a remote... using the remote app from the AppStore. Piece number three is the speaker, home stereo receiver, AirPort Express connecting to one of the aforementioned devices.

      AirPlay is AirTunes + video. That's it. The only other difference is that 3rd party manufacturers can make their own AirPort Express type hardware.
    1. niqolas619's Avatar
      niqolas619 -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Some of you don't understand what AirPlay is. It a three piece or two piece setup. The first piece is your computer (with your iTunes library). The second piece (optional) is your iDevice which acts as a remote... using the remote app from the AppStore. Piece number three is the speaker, home stereo receiver, AirPort Express connecting to one of the aforementioned devices.
      That sounds exactly like what everybody on here was talking about...
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      I never used airplay or Bluetooth on my iPhone before. I been using iPhone devices since the original iPhone 2g.