Podcast Episode 14 – AirPlay
I’m Bily Foster and I’m that iPad guy
Called that because I’ve almost always got iPad with me, and in some cases two!
This week we’re talking about AirPlay.
Apple has a Proprietary Protocol for sharing Media, which is a fancy way of saying it can beam audio and video around a network. Originally called AirTunes back when it was audio only, the technology has evolved to include video and even mirroring.
In case you don’t know, mirroring is where you send what you are looking at to system you are AirPlaying to. AirPlay is different than sharing because you are actually PUSHING the content to the device.
This feature was first introduced in the iPad 2 letting you can mirror your iPad screen to a TV connected to an AppleTV box. AirPlay has been around as a pushing technology in iTunes for a while but the real power of AirPlay came into effect when Apple released Mountain Lion.
Now you can send your whole computer screen to an AppleTV which make is really nice and easy to share your discovery with others.
Turning on AirPlay is as simple as clicking the AirPlay icon on the menu bar. If you do not have the icon but you have Mountain Lion your system MAY not support it. You can double check by going into SYSTEM PREFERENCES -> DISPLAYS. If your system supports it in the lower left you’ll see an option for AirPlay mirroring. I’ve got a couple ‘older’ systems that unfortunately didn’t make the cut.
However, they DO support AirPlay audio! Now getting that turned on isn’t as obvious, and by the way this same trick works for systems that you do have AirPlay as an option but you want to send audio only.
The short cut is to press OPTION while click the volume control and you’ll get a list of systems that you can send the audio too.
Additionally you can go into SYSTEM PREFERENCES -> SOUND -> OUTPUT
You should see a list of options to where you can route the audio. I seem to find more options listed here for some reason, just a tip.
So once I learned that, I transformed my Mac Mini into an In-House Audio Transmitter by adding audio routine duties, anytime I want to listen to any audio from my office studio, including my new HD radio, I can simply AirPlay it wherever I am in the house or even to the pool.
Additionally if you are on one of those systems that didn’t get the AirPlay mirroring or if you are on a PC, an option you can check out is AirParrot, which software that is suppose to let you do the same. Now I haven’t tried it so I can’t vouch for it. But just because Apple didn’t include it doesn’t mean the system can’t handle it. That’s just Apples way.
Apple has licensed the technology to third party vendors so you can also pick up ‘receivers’ from Denon, Marantz, Logitech, Onkyo, iHome and Sonos.
If you have a mixed household of Apple and Android you can pickup DoubleTwist with AirSync and that will let you push audio and video from you Android device to an AirPlay receiver.
I’ll let you in on a little secret, with an App called Reflections on my Mac I am able to set the computer up as an AirPlay receiver. This is actually how I get my nifty screen recordings off my iPad. I simply mirror my iPad to the App and it even has a recording option built right in.
And that’s AirPlay, it’s great fun to beam content around the house, and as this grows its going to make accessing your media even easier in the future.
So that Wraps up another this episode of that iPad guy Again thanks for watching and be sure to like me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, or Circle me on Google Plus and visit “That iPad Guy . Com ” to subscribe!
See ya next time!