Archive for ‘Airplay’

December 27, 2011

Air Play for your Google TV – Airtight

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

I would assume that most fAndroids have an Android phone which they would use to beam content via DLNA to their TVs. But if you are looking to connect your iPod touch (or any iDevice) to your Google TV, then Airtight does the job. Priced at $0.99, Airtight will enable users to beam movies and pictures from an Apple device to your Google TV. Music & mirroring are not yet supported, but I think this is a pretty handy App for just those Android users who are at the intersection of the Apple & Google eco-systems.

 

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May 29, 2011

doubleTwist – iTunes and Airplay for Android

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Do you dream of iTunes and AirPlay on Android? doubleTwist has just made your life easier by offering support for iTunes sync and AirPlay streaming on Android.doubleTwist App lets you sync your iTunes to your Android phone and stream photos, music and videos to Apple TV and music and videos to DLNA devices.

The doubleTwist Player itself is free, but if you want to use AirPlay there is a price of $4.99 for it, which I’m sure you will gladly pay up after having fought with your DLNA device for months 😉

Albeit, the thing to keep in mind before you jump the gun is that doubleTwist does not support streaming to AirPort Express! doubleTwist brands its Apps as “The Cure for iPhone envy” and “Life without wires”. Aptly so!

The other options are the Twonky Mobile which offers AirPlay and DLNA streaming but no iTunes sync and MediaSync which offers iTunes sync but no AirPlay.

 BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Is doubleTwist really the cure for the iPhone envy? Or rather the solution for people that are trading in their iPhones for an Android? 🙂 

I have to say I came across two iPhone fan boys this week that are ready to throw in the towel and move on over to Android. doubleTwist will sure make their transition easier. I’m sure they’ll be happy to know that for $4.99 they can still stream to their Apple TV from their new phones.

doubleTwist also offers NFC MP3 sharing. Just double tap your phones together and your music can be shared either via Bluetooth or WiFi. Hmm, I wonder when the iPhone will be able to do that!

December 2, 2010

All things Air – iOS 4.2

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

Apple released the Airplay feature in the much awaited iOS 4.2 software update. It’s sweeter than I had anticipated in our earlier blog. Airplay is seamlessly built into all the iOS devices and gives you the wireless nirvana you’ve been looking for.

In case you haven’t been following along, Airplay is the ability to stream audio and video from any iOS device to the Apple TV. It also lets you stream music to an Airport Express. If you own an Airport Express, you can now stream “any” audio (including Pandora!) from an iOS device directly (you are not restricted to iTunes or to the Remote App). Moreover, Apple has partnered with some third party audio makers to give you more of that wireless nirvana.

Albeit the feature comes with a limitation – streaming third party applications like VLC Media Player is limited to audio only – Jobs hopes to bring it in the future release.

Despite being available for years, DLNA (the dry name doesn’t seem to be helping!) will now gain popularity because of Airplay. DLNA is already available on many phones, but does anyone use it? Now that Airplay is out, every other phone manufacturer will jump on the DLNA band wagon.

GoogleChic, we need to have a DLNA vs Airplay face-off experiment! 🙂

P.S: Check out more of our DLNA vs Airplay tiff.

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Okay AppleGirl, I get it you LOVE Airplay. There’s really not much more to say about DLNA (which I’ve not said before) other then it does pretty much the same thing as Airplay just with non Apple devices.

Other than Airplay, Apple released AirPrint with Apple’s iOS 4.2 release. Obviously, wireless printing isn’t new to the world, but with AirPrint you’re now able to print directly from your Apple devices without having to install drivers or software.

AirPrint allows for you to print wirelessly to an ePrint enabled printer. However, thus far there are only 10 compatible HP printers.

Not to worry, there are ways to get around the compatibly issue  if your printer is not supported. Check out the instructions here.

Needless to say, AirPrint is a nice to have feature but it’s nothing new to the world. Wireless printing has been out there for quite some time. Apple only got it to a point where you don’t have to install software or drivers, that is if you own one of the compatible printers 🙂

Don’t worry all you Android fans, I’m not jumping on the Apple bandwagon. I’m just merely pointing out facts 🙂

September 19, 2010

DLNA vs Airplay

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

So AppleGirl has been talking about Airplay for quite awhile, but Airplay won’t be available until November. But, why wait? DLNA is readily available now and it’s better than Airplay. For those that are not familiar with DLNA, it stands for Digital Living Network Alliance. DLNA allows you to connect any device in your home that is DLNA enabled thru wireless network. What does this mean? It means that you can connect your phone to your laptop, TV, digital frame etc. You can connect any device, and share your music, photos, videos etc!! Unlike, Airplay you can only connect your Apple devices. DLNA has the backing of major manufactures like Sony, HTC, Samsung and many more. It looks like Apple is doing its own thing yet again! Spinning the wheels and creating something on their own when DLNA already exist in the market and it’s proven to work. Think about the possibilities that could have been if Apple adpated DLNA but instead Apple is off in lala land.

Anyways, for those of you like me that have an older TV, the HTC tube allows for your TV to have DLNA capabilities. Just  plug the Tube via a HDMI cable to your TV and you’re good to go. Don’t have DLNA on your phone? Download the TownkyServer and then you can beam to any DLNA device as well :).

Check out the video to see how DLNA works.

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Let’s first briefly recap the media streaming history. Six years ago Apple released AirTunes, which allows iTunes users to wirelessly stream their iTunes music library to Apple’s wireless router – Airport Express. In the meantime the consumer electronics industry had founded DLNA. Umm, doesn’t it sound familiar? 😉

I have tried audio streaming with AirTunes on Airport Express as well as MediaLink (a piece of software using DLNA technology) on my computer  streaming media to my Sony PS3. Even though Airport express only supports audio streaming as compared to Media Link which supports all media, AirTunes performance is always seamless and hassle free unlike Medialink. If DLNA is already out in the market, GoogleChic, is there a reason why not many people have heard of it until just recently when Apple announced Airplay? If DLNA is much better than Airplay, I am assuming that GoogleChic, you are already using it on your Android phone. No? Why? 😉

Lesson learnt from my experience is that if you wish for a fine implementation, technically elegant with ease of use, then you can bank on Apple! When you are being guaranteed quality of experience, why the heck would you say no?

AirPlay is AirTunes (for all kinds of media) bundled in iOS 4.2 coming up in November with Apple TV. It allows streaming of content from any iOS 4.2 device and Mac. Not only that, you can also stream music to big third party audio makers such as Denon, Marantz, Bowers and Wilkins, JBL and iHome. Denon and iHome have already announced that they would be releasing support for Airplay. Hmm, why does it always have to be Apple to come into the market and do things right?


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