Air Playit – Review
App Type: Uncategorized
By: iPhoGame Dev
Version #: 1.0
Date Released: 2011-07-15
Price: 0.00User Rating:
Air Playit is a new app that can stream your entire video collection from your desktop to your iPhone.
Because your phone and desktop will be communicating, you will need to download both the iPhone app and the server, both of which are free. Setup, surprisingly, is incredibly easy. After the server is downloaded and installed on your Mac or PC, you simply tell the server which media folders to watch, and the app easily finds and connects to your computer.
Air Playit’s website claims that the app is capable of streaming 320 different video and audio formats, which pretty much guarantees that your media will be compatible with this app. MP4s, MOVs, even MKVs all played, just not a rare OGG video file, which didn’t even appear in my list of available videos.
There is a nice feature where you can download some of your videos to your phone for offline viewing, if they happen to be MP4s. You could also avoid using the precious 16 or 32 gigabytes on your phone and stream your videos over 3G or 4G (which is weird because neither the iPhone nor the iPad is 4G capable), if your expensive data plan will allow it..
But streaming was not as quick as I would like on this app, even over wifi. (I did test this app over a Wireless G network, and the newer, quicker N networks probably help improve loading times though.) I would pause the app and wait for some more of the video to load, but the app does not seem to buffer videos if the video is paused!
Also, I was disappointed to find that there is no iPad app for Air Playit. The iPad, with its larger screen and incredible battery life, make it a much better media consuming device. If you do want streaming capabilities for both your iPhone and iPad, Air Video, an app we reviewed a while ago, offers this for only $3.
Another thing Air Video offers that Air Playit doesn’t: better AirPlay support. With a name like Air Playit, you might expect to be able to use Apple’s AirPlay to its fullest. Well you can’t. Though AirPlay is present in this app, only audio streaming is available, which, in a video streaming app, is not of the utmost importance.
But for a free app, Air Playit is really something special. And keep in mind that this is a 1.0 version and that the app is sure to improve. For only a few minutes’ time, you can take your video collection with you anywhere you go.
UPDATE: iPad version is now available [iTunes link].
Would I Buy Again:Yes.
Learning Curve:Low to medium, depending on how easy the setup is for you.
Who Is It For:Those with a video collection who would rather stream it (and watch it) on their iPhone.
What I Like:It?s free, it works, and most will have no complaints about it.
What I Don't Like:Loading times were a little slow. No native iPad support and no video AirPlay support (yet).
Final Statement:A free but worthy competitor to the more well known, still more powerful Air Video.
please visit https://www.airplayit.com to free download and install Air Playit server.
Air Playit is a video streaming & player app, it is designed to streaming videos audios to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Air Playit is capable of streaming and playing 320 different video & audio formats on your devices via WiFi and 3G/4G network.
It acts as your personal audio video cloud server & player, and lets you watch videos on the go.
Main Features :
* Live Convert and Streaming Videos.
Air Playit is able to convert videos on the fly and stream videos to your devices. Play MKV, AVI, WMV videos on your iPhone iPad immediately without doing any tedious converting beforehand.
* Offline Conversion and Download to your iPhone iPad.
With offline task manager, you can add and manage video conversion tasks on your iPhone iPad, and download the videos to your devices over air. Watch the videos later when you have no network connection.
* Streaming Audio and Auto Cache Music Library.
Air Playit automatically caches all playing music stream to files. Play the cached music without using WiFi/3G/4G bandwidth. Support MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV audio formats.
* Built in HTTP Server
The built-in HTTP server lets you access the audios and videos stored on your PC or Mac via any web browser. Air Playit Server supports M3U playlist format. Play the streaming video via VLC or Apple QuickTime player.
* Support Apple TV-Out
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