AirPlay, which is Apple’s technology for wireless media streaming, lets your computer or iOS device send music, photos, podcasts, and videos to devices throughout your house or office. For instance, if you want to stream music from an iPhone to a Wi-Fi speaker, you use AirPlay. Same for mirroring your Mac’s screen on an HDTV.
Apple restricts some of its best features to its own products (there’s no FaceTime on Windows, for instance), which may leave PC owners wondering: can you use AirPlay on Windows?
Here’s the good news: Yes, you can use AirPlay on Windows. Just make sure you have at least two AirPlay-compatible devices (one needs to be the computer or iOS device) on the same Wi-Fi network and you’re good to go.
To use some advanced Airplay features, you’ll need to get extra software. Read on to learn more.
AirPlay Streaming From iTunes? Yes.
There are two different elements to AirPlay: streaming and mirroring. Streaming is the basic AirPlay functionality of sending music from your computer or iPhone to a Wi-Fi-connected speaker. Mirroring uses AirPlay to display what you’re seeing on your device’s screen on another device.
Basic Airplay audio streaming comes built into the Windows version of iTunes. Just install iTunes on your PC, connect to a Wi-Fi network, and you’re ready to stream music to compatible audio devices.
Streaming Any Media Over AirPlay? Yes, With Extra Software.
One of the features of AirPlay that Apple limits to Macs are the ability to stream content besides music to an AirPlay device. Using it, you can stream media from virtually any program – even ones that don’t support AirPlay – because AirPlay is embedded in the operating system.
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