iPad and Airtunes - will it work?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Morten L, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. Morten L macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2010
    Actually quite a simple question, which I have not seen been discussed in other threads.

    Do you think that Apple will make some adjustments to the iPad software (compared to the iPhone/iPod Touch), making it able to stream music wireless directly from the iPad to Airport Express (Airtunes) without having you Mac turned on?


  2. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Sep 3, 2009
    Honestly, I doubt anyone here would know that answer. My guess is when they talk about iPhone OS 3.2/4.0 whichever has new features next, you will know. Seems very plausible. But you know Apple, so I doubt it.
  3. dissdnt macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2007
    I'm hoping for at least a robust version of the Remote App to control iTunes and AppleTV.. even your Mac would be nice.
  4. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I would expect the Remote app to be rewritten for more than just real estate. Hopefully more functionality. I often use mine around the house to control my Mac, but why have it turned off when you will most likely have significantly more music on your Mac than your iPad, wouldn't you rather control it than push it. I see that pushing it certainly would take more battery.
  5. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    I'm a great believer that the iPad is simply a massive Touch. The iPod Touch doesn't do it so I don't think the iPad will.
  6. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
  7. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    I was just thinking about this. I hope that there is some sort of Airtunes thing built into the iPod app. I dont wanna listen to music through headphones or the garbage internal speaker.
    Actually, what I would also like to see is the ability to stream to a running iTunes on a computer. I see it as a pop-up menu as an iTunes remote, with the ability to stream music from your iPad that you take to a friends house.
  8. simonhawkings macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    This is a really big one for me! I want to use the iPad as front end to my music collection, its such a great feature why wouldn't they make this part of functionality?

    Apple had previously said they wanted to bring back the experience of sharing music, iTunes LP was part of that, surely the iPad with streaming to Airtunes is next.... surely!
  9. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    There are so many tantalizing possibilities with this thing -- I don't think that even Apple has been able to predict them all!
  10. jazz1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 19, 2002
    Mid-West USA
    Streaming from Mac to iPad?

    I've just spend a pleasant evening streaming music and videos from my MacPro to my Macbook Pro. I don't like to keep a lot of video or music on my laptop because I have an SSD where space is at a premium.

    Is there any indication the iPad is going to be able to bring in music or videos from Mac desktop, laptop, or household server?
  11. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    If not natively, I would imagine there will be a plethora of 3rd party apps available to do just that via Wifi.
  12. ipedro macrumors 68040


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    In the iPad Guided Tour, they mention that you can "connect it to your home theatre and listen to your music throughout the house". That sounds a lot like Airtunes to me.

    I wonder if it'll stream to an AppleTv or just an AirPort Express.
  13. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

    Aug 8, 2002
    +1 on Remote. Big user of that app.

    I'm a big believer that you're simply wrong.

    Simply does this, or did, but it's gone now unfortunately. Gotta believe Apple or someone else will enable this...
  14. Uncle Rico macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2010
    I saw that too just now and did a Web search on this subject just because they were so vague. In that tour bit, they just show a wide shot of a user clicking on "Music." Seemed pretty vague, in contrast with all the places they zoom in to show details. If I could control music on my outside stereo from the iPad, that would be great.
  15. gwynne macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Could that just be referring to an audio cable?
  16. Uncle Rico macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2010
    The iPad they showed had a cable coming out of the headphone port, so, yeah, thats what I suspect.
  17. Fofer macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2002
    Turns out that right now all it does play through is via the audio cable. But AirTunes is coming, if Steve Jobs has any say about it :D

    I stumblde upon this German (?) web page that seems to claim to have gotten the answer... right from Steve Jobs' email reply:

    And so we wait! :D
  18. skiwie macrumors newbie


    Sep 28, 2007
    I hope you're right

    I hope you're right. It seems obvious, not doing it is crippling the iPad on purpose.

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