AirPlay is a wireless stream feature of iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or any Mac or Windows PC having iTunes. Previously, some of the feature was available under the name of AirTunes, but in 2010, Apple rolled out the AirPlay name with new features. After the arrival of iOS 4.3, AirPlay has been further enhanced. Using this feature, you can wirelessly stream videos, music and photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to Apple TV (2nd generation) and stream music to AirPlay speakers including AirPort Express. You can also wirelessly stream videos and music from your computer to Apple TV and stream music AirPlay speakers or receivers, including AirPort Express. That tells a lot about the service, but here’s a closer look at what you require to use this service effectively.
At present, there are only few products that offer AirPlay compatibility and they are expensive too. The only exception is the Apple TV, which only costs $99. The majority of AirPlay products are speaker systems, and a few AV receivers that offer built-in AirPlay support.
Limited Video/Photo Streaming Options
Right now, the Apple TV is the only product that offers stream video and photos to your TV from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. We may see some other boxes offering AirPlay video support as rumor has it that Apple is negotiating with TV manufacturers about licensing AirPlay technology.
AirPlay works over Wi-Fi network and we all know that it is not always rock-solid. Though, it is better than Bluetooth streaming as your music doesn’t get compresses but users have experience disconnections while using AirPlay.
Apps Supporting AirPlay
It is very easy to stream audio from nearly every iOS app to AirPlay-enabled speakers. More apps with better AirPlay integration like streaming video to Apple TV are now being developed. An app named Vevo appeared on Apple’s iTunes store which lets you play music videos directly on your TV.
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