iPod

iPad Where is the Streaming Media Option?

I have a simple request for Apple. I want to stream the music I bought on my iPad to my remote speakers, via my Airport Express. This seems like a no-brainer to me. There are times when you either don’t want to, or can’t plug in to the headphone jack on your iPad or iPhone. Both devices have WiFi, both devices can receive streams from a computer, so why has Apple shut out the “streaming from” feature on iOS devices? I have scoured the internet looking for a software solution, and frankly I am coming up short. There are loads of discussions, but no real solutions unless I jailbreak both devices.

There are things like Airfoil, and Cerulean RX, but Airfoil won’t stream from the phone or the pad, and Cerulean’s solution is a bluetooth hardware dongle that plugs into the connector slot on both devices. It works but it costs 90 bucks, and it’s one more thing to have to have on hand. I mean how hard would it be to simply connect to the airport via your iPad or iPhone, and say I want to play music via the remote speakers on that network? If anyone knows how to do this with software, please let me know.

Come on Apple show us the money, it’s not like people are asking for Flash support or anything.

Michiel Cornelisson’s Pod à Porter.

Last night while I was mowing the lawn in the oppressive Kansas City heat, I was thinking about a better way to lug my iPod around. Something that would free it from my pocket, or belt and not strap to my arm. Well today I think I might have stumbled on something; Pod à porter neckband for iPod shuffle. This is perfect for me, except that I would have to buy an iPod shuffle to make it work. Based on the design of the thing, forking over 79 bucks for a 4 gig iPod shuffle might make it worth my time.

This is a simple elegant solution that manages cables, and allows the iPod to rest around your neck negating the need for clips and straps. When I saw this my first thought was this would be great while mowing, but on second thought, it’ll be better while rowing by keeping the cables away from my moving arms and folding body.

Pod à porter is $27.00 and available here.