While there are still many things missing when it comes to Apple AirPlay and its use, we are starting to see things move in the right direction with more AirPlay speakers coming onto the market, and now with AirServer and AirFlick opening up the AirPlay functionality of the Mac.
AirServer Application: Turn your Mac into an AirPlay receiver
While we are still waiting for television sets to start coming with AirPlay built in (you still require an Apple TV2 to do that), we can now at least start streaming from an iOS device directly to a Mac thanks to an application called AirServer.
AirServer basically allows your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to see the Mac as an AirPlay device, and to stream music, video, or even photos to it. You can now actually create a slideshow on your iOS device and view it on your Mac using AirPlay. We are starting to see progress.
The AirServer application is not available at the App Store for Macs, but rather at the this website, and only costs $2.99. I have tested it on my macbook pro and it works fine with both audio, video, and photos.
Here is a little video for AirServer.
AirFlick Application: Stream any video from Mac to Apple TV
What AirServer does not do however is stream in the opposite direction, or for example from your Mac to an Apple TV (for streaming non-iTunes content). However there is another application, again not found in the App Store, that can deliver that functionality to your Mac, and that is the AirFlick app from Erica Sadun.
AirFlick basically opens up the opportunity to stream any video on your Mac or from the internet (including uStream apparently) to an Apple TV2 without the content having to be ‘iTunes friendly’. The App is a pre-release software and is to be used at own risk. You can download it from here.
Here is a video explaining a bit more about AirFlick.
We are keen to hear if there are any other ways to achieve the same thing without jailbreaking any of the devices involved, so please let us know by leaving a comment below.
Hopefully Apple will start to open up the AirPlay system in the future, although i’m not holding my breath for it to happen.