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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQg046aoV9Y]YouTube - AirPlayer demo[/ame]


    AirPlay is a significant extension of the capability of iOS devices to act as a real media player, rather than just a portable. This is a boon to people who already have an Apple TV, or don't mind dropping $99 on one. But what if you have neither an Apple TV, or a TV set to hook one up to... but you do have a nice big Mac screen.

    Enter Erica Sadun's AirPlayer. The app runs a Bonjour server on a Mac which simply advertises itself as an AppleTV. Once it's up and running, all you need to do is select your Mac as a destination on your iOS 4.2 device and it's now a big Apple TV. You don't even have to jailbreak to stream video; that is, if you don't mind being stuck with YouTube. Anything with DRM on it will give you a big blank screen. Jailbroken devices running AirVideoEnabler, on the other hand, will be able to stream from any app that relies on Apple's MediaPlayer framework, including VLC, AirVideo, and HTML5 videos in Safari.

    Erica's done a lot of work understanding AirPlay and Bonjour in general, and it paid off in this proof-of-concept app. It's still "extremely alpha" ware, but hopefully will inspire a lot more interesting projects with AirPlay. You can download the current version from Erica's website.

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AirPlayer Streams Video to Macs started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. Puka1701's Avatar
      Puka1701 -
      This might make it worth it for me to update to 4.2! Nice!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      What I was wondering is at about 26 seconds into the video why does it say samsung on what is supposed to be her Mac?
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      hackintosh ....
    1. spoon's Avatar
      spoon -
      Did that guy just kick that baby towards the end of that video?..
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      What I was wondering is at about 26 seconds into the video why does it say samsung on what is supposed to be her Mac?
      Most devs have Mac Pros.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      It's probably a Mac with a samsung monitor, mac mini maybe ? I use my iMac and dual screen with a 1080p gateway monitor
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
      kick the baby!
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      What happened to the same story that was posted earlier today?
    1. brandon250r's Avatar
      brandon250r -
      Samsung monitor
    1. chrodriguezmarydown's Avatar
      chrodriguezmarydown -
      Either it's a Samsung monitor or hackintosh. Either way, it's running an instance of Mac OS X. This little mod is really neat and clever! Glad to see a work around from owning an AppleTV!
    1. skoolrony's Avatar
      skoolrony -
      Is there any hopes for enabling Air Play on Old Apple TVs???
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      Finally a way to watch you tube on my computer!!! Yes
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      My bro got Apple TV, says he's been happy with it. I'll have to show him this.
    1. therockk's Avatar
      therockk -
      My iPad is running 4.2.1, and i installed this program on my Mac. But i dont see the Airplay icon anywhere .... only when i turn on bluetooth and pair it to my bluetooth headphones does the airplay icon show up. But when i press it it does not show my Mac in it. Any one else have this problem?
    1. lvazn93's Avatar
      lvazn93 -
      Hmm probably might get this, can be useful
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Sweet going to try this out
    1. skoolrony's Avatar
      skoolrony -
      please do let me know if you find a way.....
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      works great with the youtube player but cant get it to work with the videos app on my ipad
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      There is surprisingly little attention to the topic of getting airplay working on Windows on the net. I imagine Apple's lawyers are on the case. Does anyone know if people are working on getting Airplay capabilities working on a Windows PC or OSX? There were a few options (windows media player plugin and a program called AirStream Media Player)... neither one currently works on Windows PC with an iphone 4s and ios5.

      It would be great to test out this Airplay Mirroring but I have no desire to buy an Apple TV.

      I can't believe this is not possible - It's got to be Apple's aggressive legal pursuit of anyone attempting it that's preventing its development. This seems to be getting pretty close to the sort of behavior that got a class action suit slapped on Motorola for crippling their Bluetooth file transfer or got Microsoft in anti-trust hot water.

      Hmmm. That's odd. Why is that black town car stopping in front of my house? And are those guys in suits carrying crowbars, of all things?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Too little too late for me. Been streaming my media on PS3 for something like five years.