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September 19, 2010

DLNA vs Airplay


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.


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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