Like DLNA, AirPlay enables users to stream audio and multimedia content from their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to other devices. Currently, the only real way to get this on televisions is through the Apple TV but we’re starting to see third-parties like Pioneer jump on board.
I’ve always thought that the AirPlay standard was just Apple being truculent and and jumping on board with the DLNA standard – which has a ton of participants – but as you can see from the video below, it’s dead simple to use. With the compatible Pioneer receivers, you can use your iPad to easily toss your content all around the room with a few taps on your screen. The Pioneer integration will even allow you to wake your receiver equipment from an iOS product and AirPlay syncs up the timing so your tunes and movies will be in the same place.
The Pioneer AirPlay integration could come into prominence with the upcoming release of iOS 4.3 in a few days. This version of the software allows third-party developers to use the AirPlay standard to stream audio, video and other content from one iOS device to others.
Pioneer is making a conscious effort to appeal to Apple users and the company described itself as the “most Apple friendly” of its competitors and it plans to have 12 products that support AirPlay by the end of the year, including eight receivers. We’re going to have a few more videos and photos of the deeper integration throughout the day, so stick around, watch the video below and let us know what you think in the comments.