We had reported about TUAW blogger and hacker Erica Sadun’s application called AirPlayer that enabled users to stream media content from an iDevice to a Mac using AirPlay.
It was simply put, a custom Bonjour service that lets a Mac identify itself as an Apple TV to the AirPlay app and trick it into playing stuff on the Mac. As you might be already aware, while AirPlay is a cool feature, the sad part about it was that it only works with the Apple TV 2G.
Back then we had also reported that Erica and a bunch of other hackers were already working on porting the functionality to Linux and Windows based systems. That effort seems to have borne fruition earlier this week with Erica reporting that they have managed to successfully port AirPlay to Linux and Windows.
The video below shows an XBMC install on a Ubuntu Linux box running an AirPlay client service. As with the AirPlayer solution I wrote for the Mac, the XBMC application advertises on Bonjour and can be played to directly from the built-in iOS video menus. In addition, several people have contacted me to mention that they’re working on Windows adaptations as well.
Apart from porting AirPlay support to Linux and Windows, Erica Sadun and others are working on a number of things such as:
AVI files on the Apple TV: Sadun has managed to successfully stream files from a Mac to the new Apple TV. This process was a painful one earlier with users required to convert their avi files to a format that iTunes recognises.
Streaming DVDs to the Apple TV: Erick van Rijk and Sadun have demoed how to stream DVD content from a Mac to Apple TV.
It would be great if Apple can unlock these features in future software updates as AirPlay seems to have tremendous potential. Let us know your views in the comments section below.[via TUAW]