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Dec 11

Bite Into Apple AirPlay

Watching movies or taking photos on your iPad by yourself works great, but what if you want to watch movies or share photos with your family?  It’s hard to crowd people around a small iPad and even more annoying to involve cables. The solution? Apple AirPlay.

Just what is Apple AirPlay? Apple AirPlay allows you to share any media (songs, YouTube videos, photos, movies and TV shows) from your iDevice or computer to an Apple router, speakers, and most popularly, airplay with Apple TV. Even iPod docks feature Airplay now.  All these Apple (and a growing number of non-Apple brand) devices link wirelessly so that you can play  one song in the car and then have the same song continue as you enter your home. What is Apple AirPlay? It’s the language that every device will soon speak, globalizing your media into one compatible ecosystem.

What You Need:

Apple’s proprietary AirPlay system requires an iPod device that runs iOS 4.2 (soon to be iOS 5.0); this includes all iPads, the iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4 or later, and third generation or later iPod touches. You can also use a computer running iTunes to utilize Apple AirPlay.

Next, you’ll need one of the following: an AirPort Express (Apple’s wireless router), a third-party AirPlay-ready speaker, or a third-party AirPlay-reader audio/video receiver or a Bluetooth audio device. To use AirPlay with Apple TV you’ll want Version 2 or later.

How It Works:

Once you’ve installed iOS 4.2 by connecting your iDevice to your computer  and opening iTunes, you’ll be able to access the AirPlay menu, which is designated by a bold triangle in front of a rectangle outline. Tap this icon and you’ll see the list of available of AirPlay devices, so select AirPlay with Apple TV, speakers, or wireless router and share audio or video.

Better Than Bluetooth:

How does Apple AirPlay compare to Bluetooth? Well for one, Apple AirPlay devices can respond up to 100 feet, because they use a wireless connection, while Bluetooth only reaches a 30 feet range because it’s automatic peer-to-peer instead of network connected. Bluetooth speakers also compress sound, while Apple AirPlay speakers do not, so AirPlay yields better sound quality.

Why It Matters:

If you’re still asking, “What is Apple AirPlay?”, or moreover, wondering why AirPlay’s significant, think about this. If you’re buying your music, television shows, movies, video games, and books from iTunes  and then AirPlaying all this media on your AppleTV, the television becomes yet another extension of Apple, rather than the other way around. No cords, no limitations, just sharing―your media’s as interconnected as the world’s economy. How about them apples? Check out Apple products at competitive prices at Vanns!

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