When will OS X receive some AirPlay love?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by BeachChair, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. BeachChair macrumors 6502a

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    OS X is getting further and behind iOS in AirPlay capability.
    Apps and websites like iPhoto, YouTube could really benefit from AirPlay. Now I know you can get the same content either by pulling it on the ATV2 or pushing it from your iOS device, but finding the content is much easier on a MacBook than either iOS device.

    I haven't seen anything about broader AirPlay integration in Lion so I'm a bit worried.
     
  2. powerman macrumors regular

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    I agree. I do not have an iOS device so airplay has not really given me anything I can't do with the atv already. When are we going to get airplay on safari, or imovie.
     
  3. Kauai macrumors 6502a

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    Relatively useless unless Apple let's ATV support more formats.
     
  4. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    One thing I'd like to see is, in iOS, I can stream the audio from a movie to my speakers via AirPlay while watching the movie on the iOS device.

    I'd like to be able to stream audio from a movie on OS X (even just in iTunes) to my speakers via AirPlay while watching the movie on my Mac.

    I've no idea why iTunes at least doesn't have this.
     
  5. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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    +1 for OS X AirPlay... probably have to buy Lion for it, sounds like it's more iOS integrated.
     
  6. BeachChair thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    But the audio is out of sync, so it's kind of useless for dialogue.
     
  7. Rootman macrumors 6502

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    Not for Mothra movies.
     
  8. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    Eh? It is for other apps that don't adjust for it, but the video player adjusts for the latency. There's no delay when I try it.
     
  9. BeachChair thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Oh my bad. The app I tried had delay.
     
  10. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    There is a major flaw in playing back audio streams on computers: Sound cards. Sound cards in your PC actually do not keep perfect timed sound. If you have two computers sitting next to each other that both start a song at the exact same time, one will inevitably end before the other. Trust me, I have proven this time and time again. It might only be a fraction of a second on one song, but give it long enough time it can be whole seconds off. The only way around this is to use the same dedicated hardware on every device meant for zonal audio playback (i.e Airplay on iOS). iOS devices have virtually the same exact hardware. This is the exact same reason why companies like Sonos have dedicated hardware to do this, so that they can control exactly how fast the hardware plays back the audio. Before anyone gets on my case and states there is software out there that syncs audio playback on PC's, that is true. However, what that software does is periodically resync the audio. This leads to a slight stutter in the play back as the audio stream is resynced. I find this to be completely unacceptable.
     
  11. BeachChair thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think the sound card is doing anything when playing music over Airtunes. The ones and zeros are just sent to the DAC in the Airport Express or the DAC inside the Active speakers the ATV is connected to.
     

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