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RE[5]: Comment by tuma324
by phoenix on Fri 9th Apr 2010 17:12 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by tuma324"
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

I am streaming audio from one machine (Mac Mini/MacBook) to another (Apple TV) very frequently, and it is really convenient. Note: this is not the same thing as streaming mp3 or ogg.


I've never understood the point of streaming audio, when you can just play the audio locally off a network share.

I have yet to see anyone come up with a genuine, useful, use-case for "streaming audio between devices". Sure, there are a lot of contrived, made-up use-cases, but I've yet to see a genuine, real, usable, use-case for it.

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RE[6]: Comment by tuma324
by WereCatf on Fri 9th Apr 2010 17:24 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tuma324"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I've never understood the point of streaming audio, when you can just play the audio locally off a network share.

I have yet to see anyone come up with a genuine, useful, use-case for "streaming audio between devices". Sure, there are a lot of contrived, made-up use-cases, but I've yet to see a genuine, real, usable, use-case for it.


If you are playing dynamic audio instead of just a set of files then you can't just "play the audio locally off a network share." Like f.ex. if you have a PC hooked up to your TV, your surround sound system and expensive speakers then wouldn't you like to use those speakers for all of your audio needs?

One such case could easily be games: atleast I like to listen to my game sounds from the large speakers instead of some crappy headphones.

Another could be f.ex. that you're on your laptop, have your jukebox application up and set music playing, but want the music to play from the large speakers. You could always tussle with cables and such and hook your laptop to the surround system, but that's messy and cumbersome. Then, you could also set your MPC to play music, but then you couldn't control it directly from your laptop unless you used VNC/NX/RDP/etc for remote desktop and that would again be messy...

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RE[7]: Comment by tuma324
by phoenix on Fri 9th Apr 2010 17:56 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by tuma324"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

"I've never understood the point of streaming audio, when you can just play the audio locally off a network share.

I have yet to see anyone come up with a genuine, useful, use-case for "streaming audio between devices". Sure, there are a lot of contrived, made-up use-cases, but I've yet to see a genuine, real, usable, use-case for it.


If you are playing dynamic audio instead of just a set of files then you can't just "play the audio locally off a network share." Like f.ex. if you have a PC hooked up to your TV, your surround sound system and expensive speakers then wouldn't you like to use those speakers for all of your audio needs?
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How is that "streaming audio from one device to another"? You connect the audio-out on the PC to the surround system and use the selector dial on the surround to select the audio input. I do this at home already.

One such case could easily be games: atleast I like to listen to my game sounds from the large speakers instead of some crappy headphones.


Again, how is that "streaming audio from one device to another"? Just plug in the speakers instead of the headphones.

Another could be f.ex. that you're on your laptop, have your jukebox application up and set music playing, but want the music to play from the large speakers. You could always tussle with cables and such and hook your laptop to the surround system, but that's messy and cumbersome.


How is that messy? You plug in one cable to the laptop, flip a switch on the stereo, and voila! Audio on the big speakers.

Then, you could also set your MPC to play music, but then you couldn't control it directly from your laptop


Sure you can, it's called a remote. They come in various hardware and software configurations, depending on your needs. ;)

unless you used VNC/NX/RDP/etc for remote desktop and that would again be messy...


Like I said, a lot of contrived, made up use-cases. ;)

Edited 2010-04-09 18:02 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by tuma324
by de_wizze on Sun 11th Apr 2010 17:03 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tuma324"
de_wizze Member since:
2005-10-31

Use cases:

- Sitting on your sofa with the Laptop and want to hear that YouTube video being watched through the Sterio system which has its reciever accross the room.

- You are an AV guy for an institution which frequently has guest lectures showing up at 5 mins till start with "Oh by the way can I use my Netbook/Nettop/Tablet/MID/PDA/UMPC/Macbook/Slate/Smartphone up on the screen and through the sound system and btw I don't have the custom proprietary adapter that is needed to connect to what is standard.

- You have a back yard which does well when hosting a barbecue, cookout, pool party or just plain events. You install as part of a landscaping remodeling project all weather outdoor speakers.

All of these cases could be extensively simplified with the use of DLNA compliant devices.

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