AirPlay, originally known as AirTunes is the wireless media technology from Apple.com that allow users to stream music from their computer, to remote devices. AirPlay will not only play music from the computer – any iPod, iPhone, or iPad, is able to use this newest version.
Unlike AirTunes, the new AirPlay display information and graphics about the current song selection, including the title, artist, the name of the album, amount of time elapsed and the amount of time before the song will end.
AirPlay music can stream through any of audio or video receiver, speaker dock or stereo systems manufactured by Denon, iHome, Marantz and others. These devices are being made especially for AirTunes.
There are plans to upgrade AirPlay to view movies and photos on iPad, iPhone and on iPod Touch. This will be capable only on the systems made for AirPlay. Some users have already learned how to jailbreak AirPlay and they are now using it to play NetFlix movies.
Apple TV was made to work with AirPlay by streaming movies, videos and music to the viewers television screen. This is taking many people away from traditional living-room television viewing and the makers of AirPlay has plans to put Apple even further in the home with future upgrades.
Stereo speakers and other devices with built-in AirPlay capabilities let the listener change the volume, pause, skip, backtrack or repeat favorite selections, with a remote control. Get the free download for a Remote app at Apple.com.
The technology behind these new capabilities will soon allow any device imaginable to be programed to speak the language needed to work with AirPlay – with an agreement from Apple. For hardware (and related software), Apple is working with BridgeCo. After installation, AirPlay can communicate with all of the ‘Apple’ products.
Thanks to Steve Jobs and Apple.com – our rented movies, music, videos, photographs and favorite TV show can be viewed on the big screen or they can follow us where ever we go, to be viewed whenever we want.