Originally Posted by pitviper33
For video, I agree with you. It's basically pointless. But music is where it really shines. The key difference is that to listen to music (non-critical listening obviously), you don't have to sit still. I can set my receiver to output to speakers all over the house, and I can walk around cleaning the house, working on a car in the garage, or playing with the dog in the back yard. And at any point I can pull my phone out of my pocket and change the music to whatever I want. I can also change the volume. That's what AirPlay accomplishes. As long as I'm within range of one of my wireless access points, I have immediate control of the music right in my pocket.
Possibly that could all be done with a remote desktop app of some kind on my htpc. I'm not totally sure. But it certainly wouldn't be as straightforward to search for a different album on a phone screen.
AirPlay for WMC is very interesting. I didn't know that existed. I'll look into it.
Xbmc coming out can be accepted as an airplay target, funny you mentioned this actually.
I can stream music from my phone to xbmc. My only issue is my phone is not always up to date with music, so i got a neat little apple app, if anyones interested i will post a link. But basically I use foobar for upnp. The app access my flac library in foobar through upnp, then streams it on my phone as a wav file. After it was on my phone i clicked and selected xbmc to have it airplayed to their. Not really needed for me since xbmc can play my entire library anyway through any of my xbmc remote apps, but i do have a wireless airplay portable speaker i move around the house, this allows me to beam any music on my pc to my phone then airplays it to my portable speaker.
With foobar upnp i also get album art and, the phone functions just like a remote, while its also beaming or ariplaying my music to my xbmc machine or airplay speaker. I switch songs, select albums with full art with the phone as it plays on my wireless airplay speakers or xbmc.
I just chose apple over android just for airplay, microsoft and android need to address airplay the technology is incredible and will hurt them if they dont come up with an answer, I dont like apple or itunes but it made me stick with them.
I also dont think you really need airplay for what your doing though, are you playing the music on your phone? Or through apple tv? Because any htpc front end like xbmc has wireless remote apps in the app store that grant you control over your music library, any upnp device should be able to do that. Streaming music from your phone to a device is where airplay shines though.
Its somewhat of a novelty as well though, for instance I was to lazy to put a youtube video up on the xbmc htpc, so I just hit airplay and zapped it from my phone onto xbmc.Edited by Murilo - 8/15/12 at 5:18am