The AirPlay Wish List

So now that you’ve gotten your hands dirty with AirPlay, and are eagerly awaiting the first AirPlay enabled speakers to roll off the production lines, what do you want to see AirPlay do that it doesn’t already do?

To help you get started here is our wish list below:

  • Allow streaming to multiple devices (including speakers and displays) from iOS.
  • Allow streaming from any music or video app to any AirPlay enabled device in iOS or OS X. For example, I want to be able to watch a YouTube video on my Mac and stream the audio to multiple speakers. I want this to work in Safari since it’s my favorite browser but why stop there? Have streaming from Firefox and Chrome. And, to add to that, I want to be able to stream video and audio from my web browser to my TV.
  • Have a 3rd party manufacturer create an AirPlay streaming device, just like AirPort Express, that I can hook up to an existing, non-AirPlay enabled speakers or stereo system, that costs less than $30.

So what is on your AirPlay wish list? What would you like to see AirPlay do for you?

Add your responses in the comments below 🙂

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  1. I think you’re list is a great start. The first item I think you covered but to say it more clearly I want all the computers on my network to be seen as airplay devices. Also all iPhones and iPads need to be able to be airplay devices too. I know there’s a jailbreak for it which works well but it should be native. All of a sudden my old iphone and alarm clock just turned into another speaker set….for the laundry room maybe?

    Next you are absolutely correct on multiple devices. I have a number of apple tv’s and airport expresses and want to press 1 button on my phone or iPad for them all to play the same thing.

    Not to mention the airplay device for the car will be very cool when it’s released too….

  2. Mike hit the nail on the head — the main thing Apple seems not to have considered is the value of allowing computers and iOS devices to be receivers as well as senders.

    For example, I want to run the NPR app on my iPad and send the audio stream to whichever speaker I’m closest to. In my office, that’s the computer’s audio output.

    Similarly, Air Video already demonstrates the value of streaming video from a server to an iPad – why can’t I do this through iTunes with the Remote app and just send the stream through AirPlay?

  3. I would like to have the ability to play different playlists to separate airplay devices from one iTunes master at the same time. When having a party, you could be streaming Jazz music to the living room and Rock music to the basement all from the same account.

  4. As mentioned above, the big issue with Airplay/Airtunes is that Apple have seen it as a server-client system, where a computer with iTunes act as a server with IOS clients with lesser features (and ATV and Express as receivers only). For example right now you can’t stream from IOS to iTunes 🙁

    I would expect that they will change that consider that there will/are be third party manufactures that will/are support Airplay (IHome and Denon already have products on the market).

    I hope they will make a system where all can be servers and all can be clients. So that I can stream to all my devices or just to one device from any device. That would really make a cheap sonos system and with much bigger flexibility!

  5. I really want to see AirPlay integrated into a car stereo. or some sort of adapter that can output into the aux input in a car stereo

  6. ability to stream any video on mac to appleTV not just through itunes.

    ability to extend airplay-video ability into things like extended desktop.

  7. I wonder why it hasn’t been created yet – I would love to play videos and/or music from one Mac to another, ie. use a Mac system with big speakers attached as speaker. I know I can do it with Airfoil and Airfoil speakers, but then I won’t be able to control it with the iOS Remote App.

    Any ideas on that?

    1. Not really what you’re after, but AirView let’s you stream video from iOS to iOS and iTunes to iOS. An alternative could be to use an iPod Touch or an old iPhone attached to streamers as an AirPlay source.

  8. I wish I could stream different videos from my iTunes library to all the different ATV’s I have around the house. That way my son can watch Toy Story with his friends, while my wife watches the Letters of Juliet in the kitchen, and I can watch Transfirmers in the bedroom. Or, we could all be watching Dispicable Me at the same time.

  9. I’d like someone (Bose? Sony?) to make some small speakers that literally plug into an outlet and have Airplay built in. This way you could put them in any room you wanted (and even outside if they were outdoor-safe)

    1. I’d like a quality turntable manufacturer to build in compatibility with Airplay-enabled speakers. This way, I can listen to vinyl in it’s original form (not digitized) on the same speakers as I stream music from my iOS devices.

  10. Third bullet is high on my list. I have an airport express that I use solely b/c I needed something to stream audio to and plug into my existing whole-house audio amps.

    I already have a wireless access point working fine and better positioned – would rather not have a second AP (the airport express) just for this purpose.

  11. Since Airplay runs through wifi, there is a small tecnical issue that needs to be solved. Currently, when one connects to wifi the 3G data shuts off and the iPhone looks for Internet exclusively through wifi. Until there is a way to override this, airplay will never displace Bluetooth for use in the car (since a wifi network in your car will obviously never be connected to the internet.)

    Also, I would like to be able to hit a button and turn my apple tv+ HDTV into second monitor for my iMac. Think about it: if Apple pushed this technology just a little bit further they could make the iPhone, iPad, iMac, and Apple tv all work together seamlessly as one giant computer/multimedia machine.

    Finally: airsync. If time machine can wirelessly backup an iMac’s HD to a time capsule, it seams a little ridiculous that our otherwise highly portable iOS devices should be chained to our desktops. (I know, this has probably technically left the realm of airplay but still…)

  12. My “want”?

    Tivoli to make a Model 1 (or a Pal) with Airplay built in. That would stop me having to buy Airport Exprss + Tivoli for all over the house 🙂

  13. Being able to stream the audio but not the video.

    I’ve got a 17″ Macbook – and thats good enough for watching the odd film on, but it would be great if I could plug an airport express into my stereo and watch the film on the macbook, but have the sound come out the stereo (no – I’ve not got a telly).

    1. Yes this would be nice. Especially since you can stream a videos audio over AirPlay while watching on an iOS device.

  14. Airplay car audio. Why mess with docks/cords/freq grabbers if you (or your passeners) can just play music when they get into the car?

  15. 1) With Apple supposedly considering offering higher quality (24/96) downloads, it would be good to have a high Quality AirPlay device with a Toslink out (like an Airport Express but without the wifi transmission : wifi –> Toslink but without the high jitter and limited quality of AE). Alternatively or additionally, this device could have a high quality DAC built in so that the quality music can actually end up in legacy Hifi systems.

    2) Streaming audio separately (for instance watching a movie on iPad and streaming the audio to separate speakers

    3) the Airplay for the car is a good idea, but should ideally also support 24/96 with a good built in DAC.

  16. I would like each Airplay device to have a adjustable delay on the audio. So I can fine-tune the audio delay, since different amplifiers/TV/active monitors can have different process time. resulting in a weird echo when listening on multiple devices at the same time….

  17. > Have a 3rd party manufacturer create an AirPlay streaming device, just like AirPort Express, that I can hook up to an existing, non-AirPlay enabled speakers or stereo system, that costs less than $30.

    Did anybody manufactured such device? I also really appreciate a small box with 3.5 in which takes *music* over wi-fi and supply it to ordinary not airplay-aware speakers.

    The only disadvantage (except price) of Airport Express is that it is router and produce unused wi-fi networks. For me that terrible?

    what about AppleTV. Can it be used as such device?

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