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Mac: Slipstream for AirPort Express announced

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2004
News Categories: Mac Software

Rogue Amoeba Software today announced Slipstream, a new application that allows audio from any application to be heard through remote speakers attached to Apple’s AirPort Express. “Since its release, tens of thousands of people have purchased Apple’s new AirPort Express and enjoyed the AirTunes feature, allowing audio from iTunes to be played to remote speakers. With Slipstream, audio from any application can be sent to the AirPort Express—users longing to send audio from applications like RealPlayer and Windows Media Player need look no further than Slipstream.” Slipstream will be available early next year for an introductory price of US$20.

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1

Great news, if they had a PC version I’d be tempted to shell out for Airport Express.

Posted by pctuk in UK on December 22, 2004 at 12:41 PM (PDT)

2

Well, this product will only be “great” if it works seamlessly with movie playing apps.

This means beinga able to synch the audio with the playing video. This ability is something many of us have been looking for - for quite some time in AExp.

There’s no sense having two connections to your speakers - one wireless for iTunes and one wired for when you play DVDs.

Posted by umijin on December 22, 2004 at 6:09 PM (PDT)

3

Any chance that Rogue Amoeba could produce a Windows? We need a bad attitude as well.

Karl

Posted by Karl in Renton, Wa on December 22, 2004 at 11:09 PM (PDT)

4

Currently at least you’re not going to be able to use it for watching DVDs. There’s a delay of about a second so the the video and audio can’t sync up. Kinda sucks ‘cause that’s what I got excited about at first too.

Posted by Dan Peterson on December 23, 2004 at 2:20 AM (PDT)

5

Well, I kind of expected them to synch it with the delay for DVD and other video playing- otherwise this app is not very valuable or useful.

Most Mac folks just aren’t using Windoze media player for large parts of their audio library. It’s iTunes.

Posted by umijin on December 23, 2004 at 4:49 PM (PDT)

6

Heya peeps

There is a trick to fix the delay with movies, and it works great, no more <cough> -2850ms delay <cough> when watching with VLC.

smile

Posted by svelo on December 24, 2004 at 12:05 AM (PDT)

7

The AirPort Express stopped being just for iTunes when JustePort was released several months ago:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/12/airport_express_cracked/
http://nanocrew.net/software/

It’s dishonest of Rogue Amoeba to pretend that they’re the first.

Posted by sandyk on December 24, 2004 at 10:27 PM (PDT)

8

Ummm…. no - they aren’t dishonest.

The code YOU are referring to opens up Airport Express music streams. It only works with MPEG-4 files and it’s not clear how you use it. The JustePort files look like applets for WINDOWs - not the Mac.

People want a product that allows audio streaming from any Mac application to Airport Express - and that is what SlipStream *appears* to be (video apps not withstanding).

Posted by umijin on December 25, 2004 at 6:33 PM (PDT)

9

In regards to Windows, one could accomplish basically the same via opening a local stream in iTunes that you setup via a shoutcast server or something like Slimserver. Shoutcast via WinAmp can use *any* source including line/mic inputs to stream…

Posted by chilimost on January 2, 2005 at 6:58 PM (PDT)

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