How to stream media content from iPhone and iPad to Windows PC using AirPlay
Today your smartphone is the center of your life. You can use it for communication, music listening and video viewing, and with the help of numerous applications you can pay bills, track your expenses etc In General, if you are clever, you can use your smartphone to make your life easier.
But some smartphones have a tiny screen, and in addition they have tiny speakers. Fortunately, you can listen to music from your smartphone from the speakers connected to the computer, but if you have an iOS device, it’ll be super easy thanks to AirPlay.
What you’ll need: all you need is one desktop app and more than anything else. The built-in iOS AirPlay support will take care of the rest. And something else – the computer and iOS device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
How to enable AirPlay on Windows with Kodi (XBMC)
Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a full-fledged media center with support for all types of streaming protocols such as DLNA, UPnP, and of course AirPlay.
If you want to use XBMC as the endpoints of the stream, then you need to change only two parameters. Run the program and then go to System -> Settings -> Services.
Then navigate to the Zeroconf and enable the setting «Announce these services to other systems via Zeroconf».
In section AirPlay enable «Allow XBMC to receive AirPlay content».
That’s all AirPlay enabled.
On the iOS device, start playback of any music or podcast and go to «control Center». Here you will see the AirPlay button and the name of your computer (by default it will be called XBMC). Tap it to the audio output has been instantly transferred to your smartphone/tablet to the speakers connected to the computer.
Kodi officially supports video streaming via AirPlay, but I have video playback not working (only sound). Perhaps this is due to iOS 8, where Apple could make some changes to the Protocol AirPlay. I hope that in future updates this problem will be solved.
How to use Shairport4w to stream music from iOS to Windows
If you need a simple utility that will allow you to do one simple thing on your Windows PC – streaming audio from iOS device – try Shairport4w.
When you install this program, do not forget to remove the check mark from the option «install Recoder-Feature». Otherwise the program will record all the streaming music from your iOS device, and it’s probably not what you want.
When you run the program, it will appear in the system tray and will work in the background. If necessary, you can change the parameter «Airport Name», which defaults to the computer name.
So, if Shairport4w is already running, open the control Center in iOS and the AirPlay section, select the name of your PC, and then start playback. If the corresponding option is enabled (Track Info), the app will display album artwork and track metadata.
Unlike Kodi, Shairport4w does not support video streaming, this tool is exclusively for audio files.