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Last Updated: August 23rd, 2012

If you keep up with the wider electronics world, you know that Apple has introduced a proprietary streaming protocol for its computers and mobile devices called AirPlay. If you're one of the surprisingly large number of people who combines Apple and Android hardware, you'll want to check out Android HIFI, the pet project of an XDA Developers member. The app turns your Android device into an AirPlay receiver, allowing you to play music or standard audio from Mac or iOS hardware.

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At present the app is pretty basic: you can stream audio (and only audio) from a single source, adjust the delay to accommodate for other devices playing the same thing, and play the audio through your wired or Bluetooth headset. You can't perform the more useful trick of streaming to other AirPlay clients, like speaker docks or car stereos. (Again, if you want that, head on down to Target and pick up a Bluetooth-enabled speaker on the cheap.) Even so, it's a nifty implementation, and should be useful for members of the cult of Mac. The app's free, so check it out if you're interested.

[Via XDA Blog]

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Mitch Walla

    i hate these uneducated writers... bluetooth quality isn't nearly as good because bandwidth isn't as good either... good luck streaming 1080p video over bluetooth as well...

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

      He specifically said AUDIO ONLY.

      • marcusmaximus04

        "If you keep up with the wider electronics world, you know that Apple has introduced a proprietary streaming protocol for its computers and mobile devices called AirPlay. (Because apparently no one told them about Bluetooth.)"

        Where is the "AUDIO ONLY" in that statement?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

          At present the app is pretty basic: you can stream audio (and only audio) from a single source
          I'm talking about the app, not Apple. Because I don't keep up with Apple news. Because I don't care.

          • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

            You don't care so much you wrote a post about it. Hmm.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1036552729 Matthew Fleisher

            1. This post is about an Android app.
            2. I like to talk talk talk talk talk...

    • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

      Agreed. Pretend he wrote "Because apparently no one told them about DLNA".

      Before you comment on DLNA having compatibility issues (99% due to many devices not supporting a wide enough range of codecs), take in to account that as Apple would be making their own receivers/transmitters, they could easily ensure compatibility with their own devices and it would still be compatible with good DLNA devices.

      As an aside, for good quality Bluetooth audio, apt-X is now supported by a number of modern devices including the GS3 and OneX. I'm not sure if there are any reasonably priced headsets/speakers though.

      • Jeremiah Rice

        I figured anybody reading up on a wireless audio streaming app would already know about apt-X compatibility in the latest Bluetooth modules. Judging by Mr. Educated up there, I guess I was wrong.

  • Frank

    Ugh your comment system is atrocious on mobile...

    And Mitch is right. Bluetooth sucks. Find better technology to latch on when trying to slam Apple for coming up with something. Typical...

    • Simon Belmont

      So a universal standard, for wireless audio (Bluetooth) in this case, that is accepted by almost everyone (including Apple) is worse than something Apple dreamed up? Uh, what?

      I use Bluetooth for stuff all of the time. I am pretty sure I am not the only one.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Yes, bluetooth sucks. But they could have used DLNA instead, which is a universal standard.

      • http://twitter.com/snookasnoo Idon’t Know

        DLNA sucks.

        • ssj4Gogeta

          I don't know (pun not intended), DLNA has been working just fine for me between an Android phone, a laptop and a couple desktops.

  • Jon Garrett

    I don't give a damn about apple, its products or its fan base but I'm going to snatch up this app just to piss apple off.

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    I smell a Lawsuit coming

  • Drayon

    this might get interesting if this will be able to stream to a itv airplay unit.