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Mad Mac Maniac
May 1, 2012, 10:22 AM
I really want to love Airplay. I really want to buy an Apple TV just so that I can have the cool, alluring feature of Airplay... but when I start to really think about it, I just don't really see the use case being all that frequent.

1) Sure maybe you want to share some photo's or something you are browsing on your iPad with multiple people... but how often does that really happen?

2) Maybe you are in the middle of watching a video on your iPad, and want your TV to immediately pick up where you are... but how often does that really happen?

3) Maybe you are browsing your iPad and see a youtube video, etc that you want to watch. Is it really worth it to turn on the tv (or pause what your watching and switch input to Apple TV) just to watch a short clip on a bigger screen? If I wanted to show it to somebody else, sure it'd be worth it, but if it's just me it's more convenient to watch it on my iPad.

4) Sure I could listen to music on it but a) I could just listen to it on my iPad b) I could airplay it to an airplay enabled speaker c) I wouldn't be able to watch TV at the same time

5) It wouldn't really be beneficial to use apps/internet while using airplay because I need to be looking down at the iPad. Maybe if I wanted to show someone a special app or show them this cool site/article on the internet... But how often does that really happen?

6) could be useful for powerpoint or for any kind of presentation for small businesses... but doesn't apply to me.

Those are the main things I an think of, and when I look at that list I can't really imagine using Airplay more than once a month.

So tell me users, what do you use it for? Maybe I'm missing some use cases. Maybe I'm not really understanding the true usefulness of some of the above use cases. Describe an average day of using it and tell me some unique uses that you hadn't even thought of before you got it.



mic j
May 1, 2012, 10:34 AM
I really want to love Airplay. I really want to buy an Apple TV just so that I can have the cool, alluring feature of Airplay... but when I start to really think about it, I just don't really see the use case being all that frequent.

1) Sure maybe you want to share some photo's or something you are browsing on your iPad with multiple people... but how often does that really happen?

2) Maybe you are in the middle of watching a video on your iPad, and want your TV to immediately pick up where you are... but how often does that really happen?

3) Maybe you are browsing your iPad and see a youtube video, etc that you want to watch. Is it really worth it to turn on the tv (or pause what your watching and switch input to Apple TV) just to watch a short clip on a bigger screen? If I wanted to show it to somebody else, sure it'd be worth it, but if it's just me it's more convenient to watch it on my iPad.

4) Sure I could listen to music on it but a) I could just listen to it on my iPad b) I could airplay it to an airplay enabled speaker c) I wouldn't be able to watch TV at the same time

5) It wouldn't really be beneficial to use apps/internet while using airplay because I need to be looking down at the iPad. Maybe if I wanted to show someone a special app or show them this cool site/article on the internet... But how often does that really happen?

6) could be useful for powerpoint or for any kind of presentation for small businesses... but doesn't apply to me.

Those are the main things I an think of, and when I look at that list I can't really imagine using Airplay more than once a month.

So tell me users, what do you use it for? Maybe I'm missing some use cases. Maybe I'm not really understanding the true usefulness of some of the above use cases. Describe an average day of using it and tell me some unique uses that you hadn't even thought of before you got it.
Only would use it occasionally, but would be a nice thing to have in the "toolbox". Examples:
1) Share video our daughter produces with a group. It's really hard for a more than 1 person to watch an iPad
2) Have full size (60") streaming video from various websites (sometimes we watch streaming horse show competitions that stream for hours)
3) Play uncompressed mkv movies

Example 1 and 2, we do now, but requires us to hook up the MBP with HDMI/optical cable. It would be nice not to have physically hook up the Mac to the AV system.

MrXiro
May 1, 2012, 10:36 AM
Great for watching movies stored on iTunes and I stream segments from attack of the show on g4 to my Atv every day. Also any long YouTube videos are better to watch on the tv.

Then there is youporn...

EmpyreanUK
May 1, 2012, 10:46 AM
I very occasionally use AirPlay to watch a video I'm streaming to my iPhone on the TV. It's pretty rare for me to do this whilst casually browsing, because as the OP has stated, it's a lot of ball-ache to switch on the TV and change the input purely to watch a thirty-second clip. I use it slightly more often to watch BBC iPlayer content on the TV, as loading onto my iPhone and then pressing the AirPlay button is slightly less aggravation, and indeed much quieter than switching on the PlayStation (though the quality is worse).

I use it to listen to radio streams almost every day, however. I have my Apple TV connected to a stereo amp, and use an iOS app to access radio station streams. AirPlay is pretty useful in connecting the two, but if you have audio equipment with AirPlay built-in then an ATV is obviously unnecessary.

So yeah, limited usefulness.

VinWin15
May 1, 2012, 11:08 AM
I've used AirPlay for a few things. First being it is nice to be able to play music from my iPhone via my surround sound with out having to use wires or docking. Second is I always seem to have someone visiting the house, friends or family, and the topic comes up did you see such and such video, it is an easy way to have everyone see it on 55" TV as a pose to a 3.5" screen. Last is more with my family but I have a 2 year old and like most parents tend to take a lot of photos of him on my phone. This again is easier for everyone to sit on the couch and see everything together larger then life then passing around my phone for an hour while everyone looks at it on their own.

Granted that all of these things are used only a few times per month, but has made life easier, just like digital cameras did 10 years ago. I never used it every day, but when I did it was easier then film. Over time the digital camera has become integrated into more and more devices that you can almost forget that it used to be it's own thing. I think over time if TV Manufactures (or the much rumored Apple TV set) have this feature integrated into their models the idea of AirPlay-ing something from your phone, camera, tablet or whatever mobile device we're all using, to your TV will become more common place and second nature.

Mad Mac Maniac
May 1, 2012, 11:11 AM
Great for watching movies stored on iTunes

Isn't that more a feature of the Apple TV than of AirPlay? Can't you play any movie purchased through iTunes automatically on your Apple TV and play any movie uploaded into iTunes through home sharing (assuming your Mac is open, running iTunes)??

blueroom
May 1, 2012, 11:12 AM
AirPlay is why I'll switch to Mountain Lion when it's available.

Mad Mac Maniac
May 1, 2012, 11:18 AM
AirPlay is why I'll switch to Mountain Lion when it's available.

YES. I definitely agree that ML will increase AirPlays utility many times over, because I will actually be able to use the large screen and not worry about where my fingers are. Heck I could maybe even use clamshell mode with an external keyboard.

What I would also like is to be able to use my TV as a second monitor through Airplay... any word on if that would be possible?

hafr
May 1, 2012, 12:01 PM
I really want to love Airplay. I really want to buy an Apple TV just so that I can have the cool, alluring feature of Airplay... but when I start to really think about it, I just don't really see the use case being all that frequent.
You most likely have more expensive things in your home that get used less than an ATV would ;)

1) Sure maybe you want to share some photo's or something you are browsing on your iPad with multiple people... but how often does that really happen?
A few weeks ago I had some people over, one of which had some vacation photos on his iPhone. We watched them on our TV.

When I browse photos on the iPad by myself, I like to watch the videos on the TV. Don't know why, it's just something I do :)

2) Maybe you are in the middle of watching a video on your iPad, and want your TV to immediately pick up where you are... but how often does that really happen?
I rarely watch videos on the iPad in front of the TV, but say I've been watching something in bed or maybe browsed through the movie catalogue on the iPad... Also, different channel's offerings through "on demand", "play" and such services.

3) Maybe you are browsing your iPad and see a youtube video, etc that you want to watch. Is it really worth it to turn on the tv (or pause what your watching and switch input to Apple TV) just to watch a short clip on a bigger screen? If I wanted to show it to somebody else, sure it'd be worth it, but if it's just me it's more convenient to watch it on my iPad.
Yes and no, it depends on the clip. If it's a low quality ten second clip, then no. If it's a high quality music video for instance, then yes.

4) Sure I could listen to music on it but a) I could just listen to it on my iPad b) I could airplay it to an airplay enabled speaker c) I wouldn't be able to watch TV at the same time
Watch TV and listen to music at the same time? How often does that really happen? :p

5) It wouldn't really be beneficial to use apps/internet while using airplay because I need to be looking down at the iPad. Maybe if I wanted to show someone a special app or show them this cool site/article on the internet... But how often does that really happen?
It probably never happens for some people, others might use it all the time. I've never even considered mirroring the whole screen to the TV.

So tell me users, what do you use it for? Maybe I'm missing some use cases. Maybe I'm not really understanding the true usefulness of some of the above use cases. Describe an average day of using it and tell me some unique uses that you hadn't even thought of before you got it.
A few times a month I will use airplay to look at pictures and home videos, a few times a week I will use airplay to watch TV shows online. Occasionally, airplay is used for music and when others visit and they want to show pictures or what not.

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Isn't that more a feature of the Apple TV than of AirPlay? Can't you play any movie purchased through iTunes automatically on your Apple TV and play any movie uploaded into iTunes through home sharing (assuming your Mac is open, running iTunes)??

iTunes -> iPad -> ATV doesn't work with videos, it will only send the audio.

Mad Mac Maniac
May 1, 2012, 12:57 PM
iTunes -> iPad -> ATV doesn't work with videos, it will only send the audio.

I'm not sure I follow you here. Why would you use the iPad as an intermediary? Are you talking about home sharing? Can't you directly play content in iTunes on your ATV?

NewbieCanada
May 1, 2012, 01:01 PM
I don't have cable/satellite, and I never watch OTA TV live, only recorded on my Windows PC.

My bedroom TV used to have a PC dedicated to it, but now it just has an Apple TV. My recorded TV is MPEG2, of course, and 90% of my archived content is MKV. I can't play any of it directly on Apple TV (at least until I can jailbreak again), but Airplay combined with AirVideo Server lets me watch whatever I want with no muss or fuss.

hafr
May 1, 2012, 01:06 PM
I'm not sure I follow you here. Why would you use the iPad as an intermediary? Are you talking about home sharing? Can't you directly play content in iTunes on your ATV?

You asked about airplay from iPad to ATV, MrXiro answered that it was great for watching movies stored on iTunes. I'm just saying it can't be done that way.

Mad Mac Maniac
May 1, 2012, 01:33 PM
You asked about airplay from iPad to ATV, MrXiro answered that it was great for watching movies stored on iTunes. I'm just saying it can't be done that way.

So you're saying if a movie is installed on my iPad I could airplay it to my ATV.

OR

if a movie is in iTunes (with iTunes running) I can use homesharing on my ATV to play it

BUT

I can NOT use homesharing from iTunes to my iPad and THEN airplay that to the ATV??

I guess that issue could come up if I was watching something throught homesharing on my iPad in another room then walked into my living room and wanted it to continue immediately on my TV.

hafr
May 1, 2012, 01:57 PM
So you're saying if a movie is installed on my iPad I could airplay it to my ATV.

OR

if a movie is in iTunes (with iTunes running) I can use homesharing on my ATV to play it

BUT

I can NOT use homesharing from iTunes to my iPad and THEN airplay that to the ATV??

I guess that issue could come up if I was watching something throught homesharing on my iPad in another room then walked into my living room and wanted it to continue immediately on my TV.

You got it :)

marzer
May 1, 2012, 02:07 PM
I really want to love Airplay. I really want to buy an Apple TV just so that I can have the cool, alluring feature of Airplay... but when I start to really think about it, I just don't really see the use case being all that frequent.

1) Sure maybe you want to share some photo's or something you are browsing on your iPad with multiple people... but how often does that really happen?

2) Maybe you are in the middle of watching a video on your iPad, and want your TV to immediately pick up where you are... but how often does that really happen?

3) Maybe you are browsing your iPad and see a youtube video, etc that you want to watch. Is it really worth it to turn on the tv (or pause what your watching and switch input to Apple TV) just to watch a short clip on a bigger screen? If I wanted to show it to somebody else, sure it'd be worth it, but if it's just me it's more convenient to watch it on my iPad.

4) Sure I could listen to music on it but a) I could just listen to it on my iPad b) I could airplay it to an airplay enabled speaker c) I wouldn't be able to watch TV at the same time

5) It wouldn't really be beneficial to use apps/internet while using airplay because I need to be looking down at the iPad. Maybe if I wanted to show someone a special app or show them this cool site/article on the internet... But how often does that really happen?

6) could be useful for powerpoint or for any kind of presentation for small businesses... but doesn't apply to me.

Those are the main things I an think of, and when I look at that list I can't really imagine using Airplay more than once a month.

So tell me users, what do you use it for? Maybe I'm missing some use cases. Maybe I'm not really understanding the true usefulness of some of the above use cases. Describe an average day of using it and tell me some unique uses that you hadn't even thought of before you got it.

Yes. Everything you listed in your post, except #6. :)

fabian9
May 1, 2012, 02:14 PM
So you're saying if a movie is installed on my iPad I could airplay it to my ATV.

OR

if a movie is in iTunes (with iTunes running) I can use homesharing on my ATV to play it

BUT

I can NOT use homesharing from iTunes to my iPad and THEN airplay that to the ATV??

I guess that issue could come up if I was watching something throught homesharing on my iPad in another room then walked into my living room and wanted it to continue immediately on my TV.

You got it :)

I don't understand... why would you go through the iPad if you can access your iTunes library straight from the :apple:TV?
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I use AirPlay all the time. Don't have space in my living room for a TV, so the TV lives in my bedroom where I haven't got a TV cable. So I use TVcatchup.com on my iPad and AirPlay it on the TV - works great!

Mad Mac Maniac
May 1, 2012, 02:19 PM
I don't understand... why would you go through the iPad if you can access your iTunes library straight from the :apple:TV?
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I use AirPlay all the time. Don't have space in my living room for a TV, so the TV lives in my bedroom where I haven't got a TV cable. So I use TVcatchup.com on my iPad and AirPlay it on the TV - works great!

Yeah it's kind of a weird thing, but as I mentioned in my post it could be possible. Imagine you were chilling on your couch in your living room (with no TV) and started watching a movie on your iPad (because you were too lazy to get up). You didn't have your movie on your iPad so you used home sharing from iTunes. Then later you decide to get up and finish watching the movie in your room on the TV, it would be simple to just airplay the movie from your iPad. Especially because (I don't know) if you directly used homesharing from your ATV it may start the movie from the beginning. A rare use case, but not impossible

is TVcatchup free? How many shows are on it?

fabian9
May 1, 2012, 02:24 PM
Yeah it's kind of a weird thing, but as I mentioned in my post it could be possible. Imagine you were chilling on your couch in your living room (with no TV) and started watching a movie on your iPad (because you were too lazy to get up). You didn't have your movie on your iPad so you used home sharing from iTunes. Then later you decide to get up and finish watching the movie in your room on the TV, it would be simple to just airplay the movie from your iPad. Especially because (I don't know) if you directly used homesharing from your ATV it may start the movie from the beginning. A rare use case, but not impossible

is TVcatchup free? How many shows are on it?

tvcatchup.com is free (and legal!), but it's UK-only unfortunately (if you're not in the UK). It streams all channels that are available in the UK on Freeview, so it's quite a few to choose from - great service!

hafr
May 1, 2012, 02:33 PM
I don't understand... why would you go through the iPad if you can access your iTunes library straight from the :apple:TV?

I sometimes browse my movie library on the iPad through home sharing to find something to watch, those times I'd like to be able to just press play instead of having to put it away, pick up the remote, find the movie and hitting play.

fabian9
May 1, 2012, 02:44 PM
I sometimes browse my movie library on the iPad through home sharing to find something to watch, those times I'd like to be able to just press play instead of having to put it away, pick up the remote, find the movie and hitting play.

Yeh I've just tried that and can't believe it doesn't work - seems like a bit of an oversight on Apple's part. At least I can't think of a good reason why this shouldn't be possible?

mic j
May 1, 2012, 02:52 PM
Yeh I've just tried that and can't believe it doesn't work - seems like a bit of an oversight on Apple's part. At least I can't think of a good reason why this shouldn't be possible?

I thought you could use their iPad/iphone remote control app and do that?

Che Castro
May 1, 2012, 02:57 PM
I use AirPlay to watch stuff from my computer without iTunes

With apps like air video, I watch MKV videos without converting them for iTunes


Also or videos from the net on safari , AirPlay is great

I use the ATV mostly for Netflix & AirPlay until the jailbreak comes out

hafr
May 1, 2012, 02:59 PM
Yeh I've just tried that and can't believe it doesn't work - seems like a bit of an oversight on Apple's part. At least I can't think of a good reason why this shouldn't be possible?
I think it's to be kind to the network. Otherwise the film would be sent from the computer, through the router, to the iPad, back to the router, then to the ATV.

I thought you could use their iPad/iphone remote control app and do that?
It's not really the same thing, because that's pretty much just telling iTunes to send the movie to the ATV from the computer, whilst airplay is sending the movie from the iPad to the ATV.

But your post gave me an idea. Instead of just sending the video, I reckon the Video app should send an Apple remote command so that the video is playing through home sharing...

newagemac
May 1, 2012, 02:59 PM
I use Airplay all the time for watching videos on the web on my TV. Most of these videos aren't available on TV normally.

Prime example is I was learning some Javascript and Photoshop CS6 training videos the other day on lynda.com and Airplayed all the videos to my 60" tv rather than watching them on my iPhone or iPad.

It's not just Youtube videos that Airplay works with. Any video on the web that iOS devices can play can be Airplayed now.

fabian9
May 1, 2012, 03:20 PM
But your post gave me an idea. Instead of just sending the video, I reckon the Video app should send an Apple remote command so that the video is playing through home sharing...

Yeh that's exactly how it should worků might leave some feedback on the apple website. :)

Nychot
May 1, 2012, 06:20 PM
I love old movies and the Internet Archive has them -- FREE. I stream them through my Ipad 3 to my Sony HDTV and they look great. While I have netflix on my jailbroken ATV2, I sometimes stream a Netflix movie through my Ipad which sometimes seems to have less buffering. There are some great free XXX sites via the Ipad that look even hotter streamed to the BIG screen. I shoot stills and video with the camera and it's fun to watch them streamed. Look, it's another option. I can't figure out why the OP has doubts, use it or don't. with ML and our Imacs and MBP it should be even more of an option.:)

vtstarck
May 1, 2012, 08:34 PM
I use AirPlay for music listening and parties. I have my Apple TV hooked up to my receiver. Many of my friends have iPhones and I give some of them my wifi password. When we're all gathered we can play music or put up pictures from anyone's phone. It's also nice that one friend can play music while another (or many) is putting up pictures. The pictures tend to get a little more fun as the night goes on.

I can also watch TV and play music through Apple TV. Apple TV to the receiver. Set the receiver to the Apple TV input for the sound. Plug the cable box in directly to the TV via component -- video only. Change the input on the TV to the component setting. Now you have Apple TV sound through speakers and the TV picture. Your friends can also play songs.

Also run the cable box HDMI through the receiver for when you want sound and picture from the TV without Apple TV.

iphone1105
May 2, 2012, 01:28 PM
I airplay Pandora and Sirius radio like it is nobodies business. To me, it's the single best thing about the Apple TV and airplay.

Mad Mac Maniac
May 2, 2012, 02:52 PM
I use AirPlay for music listening and parties. I have my Apple TV hooked up to my receiver. Many of my friends have iPhones and I give some of them my wifi password. When we're all gathered we can play music or put up pictures from anyone's phone. It's also nice that one friend can play music while another (or many) is putting up pictures. The pictures tend to get a little more fun as the night goes on.

I can also watch TV and play music through Apple TV. Apple TV to the receiver. Set the receiver to the Apple TV input for the sound. Plug the cable box in directly to the TV via component -- video only. Change the input on the TV to the component setting. Now you have Apple TV sound through speakers and the TV picture. Your friends can also play songs.

Also run the cable box HDMI through the receiver for when you want sound and picture from the TV without Apple TV.

Hmm... no wonder Apple wants to release their own simplified TV. Trying to understand all you just said gives me a headache, haha. I'm bad with this stuff

So I currently have a TV and a cable box. I'm wanting to buy an Apple TV and surround sound speakers for my tv. I assume my ATV will be hooked up to my TV through an HDMI cable but will my speakers will be hooked up to my cable box or to my TV? Will it be possible to AirPlay my iPhone to my speakers through my ATV with my TV turned off or would I need to directly connect my speakers to my ATV for that to work (and then switch it back to listen to surround sound from my tv)?

Rebelarcader
May 2, 2012, 03:50 PM
I sometimes browse my movie library on the iPad through home sharing to find something to watch, those times I'd like to be able to just press play instead of having to put it away, pick up the remote, find the movie and hitting play.

You can do this with the remote app. In the remote app select the iTunes library you want to play the movie from, this will bring up all the movies you have in that library then hit play on the one you want. It should being streaming on your appleTV...

Here is the link to the app:

http://itunes.apple.com/app/remote/id284417350?mt=8

Its free to :)

FlatlinerG
May 2, 2012, 03:56 PM
Currently AirPlaying the second album of a group of my friends band. Money in the Banana Stand, iTunes it.

Often what I'll use AirPlay for is in connection with Air Video. If you have any videos on your computers hard drive, it allows your iOS device to see them, convert them if necessary, and stream them to the AppleTV. Very convenient.

Also netflix on such a small, quiet, easy to use, device is great. AirPlay ftw!

hafr
May 2, 2012, 04:56 PM
You can do this with the remote app. In the remote app select the iTunes library you want to play the movie from, this will bring up all the movies you have in that library then hit play on the one you want. It should being streaming on your appleTV...

Here is the link to the app:

http://itunes.apple.com/app/remote/id284417350?mt=8

Its free to :)

Thanks, I have it already. I like browsing movies in the Home Sharing thing, because of the cover art view and meta data... But you can't have it all, I guess ;)

Fabricman112
May 2, 2012, 05:03 PM
how bout the sound.. DD5.1 or DTS ??

MrXiro
May 3, 2012, 12:27 PM
Isn't that more a feature of the Apple TV than of AirPlay? Can't you play any movie purchased through iTunes automatically on your Apple TV and play any movie uploaded into iTunes through home sharing (assuming your Mac is open, running iTunes)??

You can airplay from your iTunes as well. start a video and then click the Airplay button. Essentially it's the same thing as sharing.

vtstarck
May 3, 2012, 12:31 PM
Hmm... no wonder Apple wants to release their own simplified TV. Trying to understand all you just said gives me a headache, haha. I'm bad with this stuff

So I currently have a TV and a cable box. I'm wanting to buy an Apple TV and surround sound speakers for my tv. I assume my ATV will be hooked up to my TV through an HDMI cable but will my speakers will be hooked up to my cable box or to my TV? Will it be possible to AirPlay my iPhone to my speakers through my ATV with my TV turned off or would I need to directly connect my speakers to my ATV for that to work (and then switch it back to listen to surround sound from my tv)?

I don't think it is possible unless you add a receiver in to the mix. Running anything through your TV will require your TV to be on and the input set to the proper device to hear anything.

Ingot
May 3, 2012, 01:22 PM
Great for watching movies stored on iTunes and I stream segments from attack of the show on g4 to my Atv every day. Also any long YouTube videos are better to watch on the tv.

Then there is youporn...

Ahhh porn... What the internet was created for.

MrXiro
May 3, 2012, 01:56 PM
Ahhh porn... What the internet was created for.

God's gift to man...

tek210
Jun 23, 2012, 09:17 PM
I have an ATV and have enjoyed using it with my iPad. My brother in law just got an ATV but only has an iPhone 4S to work with. What are some good games and apps that he can try out on the new setup.

Caliber26
Jun 24, 2012, 01:55 AM
Being able to share pictures, music, videos, and websites on my living room TV, whenever I have friends and family over, is well worth having the ability to do so, even if it doesn't happen very frequently. And as another poster said, those who come over and own iPhones love that they can just AirPlay their content on my TV with such ease.

And whenever I'm not hosting get-togethers and showing off my AppleTV, I mostly use it to watch Netflix, HQ YouTube videos (just watched the 2007 iPhone Keynote a couple days ago for the first time!), and it's how I play all of my music through my surround sound system. I usually just whip out my iPhone, pick a song, and AirPlay it. I hardly ever stream music from my iMac since its all in my iPhone anyway. I am also very much looking forward to the Mountain Lion AirPlay update.

All in all, for $99 you're getting an incredible piece of tech. I would happily pay twice as much just for AirPlay. Everything else is just a bonus. I say BUY ONE. No Apple collection is complete without it. :)

big samm
Jun 24, 2012, 08:01 AM
I use airplay everyday mainly for music since my atv3 is plugged via my theater system, i dont even need to turn on the tv, i just turn on my theater system choose hdmi1 press the airplay icon on my idevices and voila! My ipad is basically my remote control but with the content in it! Since all the videos i watch are from itunes i dont really need to airplay them since they are already stored on icould, so i stream them! Mirroring is another function that could be useful at time.

xMacMusox
Jun 24, 2012, 08:52 AM
I definitely agree that ML will increase AirPlays utility many times over, because I will actually be able to use the large screen and not worry about where my fingers are. Heck I could maybe even use clamshell mode with an external keyboard

^^Yea I see this as increasing my airplay use dramatically,

I have my iTunes library or Pandora air playing all the time using airfoil so this is number one for me, and sharing photos, but also they are available through photo stream..so not all ways necessary to airplay. The first thing my mother wants to do now when visiting now is to sit on the couch and see what my family has been up to by checking out our month to month photo stream..

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being able to share pictures, music, videos, and websites on my living room tv, whenever i have friends and family over, is well worth having the ability to do so, even if it doesn't happen very frequently. And as another poster said, those who come over and own iphones love that they can just airplay their content on my tv with such ease.

And whenever i'm not hosting get-togethers and showing off my appletv, i mostly use it to watch netflix, hq youtube videos (just watched the 2007 iphone keynote a couple days ago for the first time!), and it's how i play all of my music through my surround sound system. I usually just whip out my iphone, pick a song, and airplay it. I hardly ever stream music from my imac since its all in my iphone anyway. I am also very much looking forward to the mountain lion airplay update.

All in all, for $99 you're getting an incredible piece of tech. I would happily pay twice as much just for airplay. Everything else is just a bonus. I say buy one. No apple collection is complete without it. :)

+1^^

Jefferyd32
Jun 24, 2012, 12:23 PM
I use it daily. Mostly for music. I'll stream whatever it is I am listening to. Often music files or radio stations via IHeartradio or a similar app. At least twice a week I am watching movie via airplay. It is great.

sharpycl
Jun 24, 2012, 08:06 PM
I've been using Airplay mainly to stream youtube videos to my TV. I don't need to stream music from my ipad/iphone because I have iTunes match on the ATV. Aside from that when I have guests over and they want to show me pictures, etc. then they can just airplay it to the ATV.

It's one of those features that even if you don't use it often than it's still great to have for those occasions where you would just rather watch/see it on a bigger screen.

Caliber26
Jun 24, 2012, 08:27 PM
I've been using Airplay mainly to stream youtube videos to my TV. I don't need to stream music from my ipad/iphone because I have iTunes match on the ATV. Aside from that when I have guests over and they want to show me pictures, etc. then they can just airplay it to the ATV.

It's one of those features that even if you don't use it often than it's still great to have for those occasions where you would just rather watch/see it on a bigger screen.

Just out of curiosity, do you search/play YouTube videos on your iPhone first and then AirPlay them to your AppleTV, or do you actually go into the YouTube app on the AppleTV? I, myself, find it easier to go that route as opposed to using the YouTube on AppleTV.

slu
Jun 24, 2012, 09:19 PM
I mainly use AirPlay to stream the Slingbox app. Works great.

sharpycl
Jun 24, 2012, 10:29 PM
Just out of curiosity, do you search/play YouTube videos on your iPhone first and then AirPlay them to your AppleTV, or do you actually go into the YouTube app on the AppleTV? I, myself, find it easier to go that route as opposed to using the YouTube on AppleTV.

I search using my iPad/iPhone then AirPlay to the apple tv. Just easier that way.

srobert
Jun 26, 2012, 03:53 PM
Let's not forget the social aspect of Apple TV. Your guests can also stream content to your TV from their devices. (Provided you grant them access of course. I do, with a guest network.)

I've occasionally had some impromptu youtube parties. It starts with a friend wanting to show you an hilarious faceplant video. Before you know it, the evening is gone.

Caliber26
Jun 26, 2012, 10:47 PM
Let's not forget the social aspect of Apple TV. Your guests can also stream content to your TV from their devices. (Provided you grant them access of course. I do, with a guest network.)

I've occasionally had some impromptu youtube parties. It starts with a friend wanting to show you an hilarious faceplant video. Before you know it, the evening is gone.

I've had plenty of those parties!

I can't believe there are people who have Macs and iOS devices and still hesitate to get the Apple TV.

Mr-Kerrse
Jun 27, 2012, 06:53 AM
I use airplay all the time, i always take my atv on holiday & my ipad for watching films. I use it at home for airplaying music from my computer to my atv which is connected to the house sound system & control it all via my ipad using remote.

Also waiting for Mountain Lion as per above :D

yinz
Jun 27, 2012, 07:24 AM
I use AirPlay for:

1. FaceTime - it's epic

2. Movies - it's nice

3. Photo sharing - happens a lot with my family

4. Photo games - it's funnier to see everyone's reaction on the big screen (ugly meter, photo age, etc)

5. Presentations and demos

What I don't use AirPlay for:

A. Music - I have separate iPod sound system for that

B. YouTube - apple tv already has that

Irishman
Jun 27, 2012, 09:27 PM
I really want to love Airplay. I really want to buy an Apple TV just so that I can have the cool, alluring feature of Airplay... but when I start to really think about it, I just don't really see the use case being all that frequent.

1) Sure maybe you want to share some photo's or something you are browsing on your iPad with multiple people... but how often does that really happen?

2) Maybe you are in the middle of watching a video on your iPad, and want your TV to immediately pick up where you are... but how often does that really happen?

3) Maybe you are browsing your iPad and see a youtube video, etc that you want to watch. Is it really worth it to turn on the tv (or pause what your watching and switch input to Apple TV) just to watch a short clip on a bigger screen? If I wanted to show it to somebody else, sure it'd be worth it, but if it's just me it's more convenient to watch it on my iPad.

4) Sure I could listen to music on it but a) I could just listen to it on my iPad b) I could airplay it to an airplay enabled speaker c) I wouldn't be able to watch TV at the same time

5) It wouldn't really be beneficial to use apps/internet while using airplay because I need to be looking down at the iPad. Maybe if I wanted to show someone a special app or show them this cool site/article on the internet... But how often does that really happen?

6) could be useful for powerpoint or for any kind of presentation for small businesses... but doesn't apply to me.

Those are the main things I an think of, and when I look at that list I can't really imagine using Airplay more than once a month.

So tell me users, what do you use it for? Maybe I'm missing some use cases. Maybe I'm not really understanding the true usefulness of some of the above use cases. Describe an average day of using it and tell me some unique uses that you hadn't even thought of before you got it.

When you buy a convertible, how often do you put the top down?