How AirPlay would be a lot better (?)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by frutter, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. frutter macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone explain to me why Apple hasn't done the following?

    I refer to making OSX *itself* able to detect an AirPlay compatible device and allowing a user to stream the *entire* audio or video to that device, as if it were an external speaker or display.

    Instead they have picked a few (far too few) applications and allowed only those to stream content to Airplay devices. This seems utterly silly to me, and I really cannot understand what would be the advantage.

    I generally think Apple has turned way too much attention towards mobile devices and way too little attention on OS X lately.
     
  2. andyboutte macrumors member

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    I totally agree and have asked myself that for years.

    these guys have been asking the same questions but they actually did something about it:

    http://www.rogueamoeba.com/airfoil/
     
  3. jacg macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting point. I assume there is an API for iOS developers which makes AirPlay easy to add, where appropriate. Is there a similar API for OS X? You don't see many AirPlay mac apps.

    On the other hand, when I send music from my mac to my various speakers, I don't really want all system audio going there too, or any of the stupid noises Office makes.
     
  4. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    I use AirServer. Only $5, well worth it considering the second cheapest option is an Airport Express or AppleTV at $99
     
  5. frutter thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Airplay is a very nice program, but it is the opposite of what I suggest. Airplay allows you to *receive* streams of music and video from the programs that are able to broadcast it.

    What I wish for is a system-wide way of broadcasting anything to the Airplay device.

    As and update: I have fresh rumors from the guys behind "AirServer" that they are seriously considering the idea. :D

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    Good point, too. :)

    I can see why you would only want to send the audio from one specific program. But I suppose it would be only the same trouble as making sure you don't have browser windows open with strange content before you plug the projector. :)

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    Very nice! Thanks for the link. Now I only wish those guys would make something similar for video.
     

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