Fans have taken AirPlay, a wireless media streaming technology from Apple, to places far beyond the boundaries of the iOS/Apple TV walled garden. For example, we’ve seen stuff like a Cydia hack that enables AirPlay in any third-party app, AirPlay support on Android and more. Developer Thomas Pleasance took it upon himself to enable AirPlay on Windows Media Center devices.
Note that you must have Apple’s Bonjour running on your Media Center PC prior to installing his cool AirPlay for Windows Media Center add-in. Bonjour is included with Apple’s free programs for Windows, such as iTunes, QuickTime, Safari and more. Grab the AirPlay for Windows Media Center add-in (still in beta) at Thomas Pleasance’s personal homepage, it’s a tiny half a megabyte download.
So, does this thing work?
Upon installing the add-in on my Mac mini running Windows 7, I ran the Windows Media Center application in Windows. I was able to stream media from my iPhone 4 to Windows Media Center by tapping the AirPlay icon in iOS media player and choosing “Windows Media Center” in the list of AirPlay-enabled devices. It worked without a hiccup, sans a few occasional quits (the add-in is still work-in-progress). The idea has legs. AirPlay is confined to Apple’s iOS gadgets and Microsoft’s Media Center is arguably among the best media center implementations on PCs and the Xbox 360 console so enabling media streaming between the two platforms makes perfect sense, in my personal opinion.
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