Enable AirPlay on Windows PC for Wireless Streaming Audio & Video from iOS Devices

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We recently published post on the best free iPad apps that supports Apple AirPlay protocol to stream audio and video from iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to AirPlay enabled Apple TV. The apps mentioned in that post lets you stream audio or video from iPad to AirPlay supported devices like Apple TV, AirPort Express and other AirPlay enabled hardware.

Related post: How to Turn Windows, Mac, Linux PC Into AirPlay Receiver Using XBMC 11

While Apple officially supports Mac and iOS devices including iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as AirPlay sender, the receiver devices consist of Apple TV or AirPort Express. So, what if you want to set Mac or Windows as AirPlay receiver to stream video or audio content from iPhone or iPad. Here are some tools for setting your Windows PC as AirPlay receiver.

1. AirMedia Player (Video)

Air Media Player is a standalone tool that lets you wirelessly stream video content from iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to Windows PC. It is basically an AirPlay media player that emulates and acts as AirPlay receiver to accept video streams from iOS devices. Once after downloading and launching the media player on Windows PC you will see AirPlay enabled on iOS apps that supports it. Select your Windows PC that acts as AirPlay receiver (output source) to wirelessly stream video from iOS device.


Air Media Player to work on Windows requires .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, Bonjour for Windows (Included with iTunes, or you can download the Bonjour Print Services) and QuickTime for Windows. This tool works on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Download AirMedia Player


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Watch the video of AirMedia Player in action :

2. Shairport4w (Audio)

Shairport4w for Windows lets you wirelessly stream audio from iOS devices. Like Air Media Player mentioned above Shairport4w can stream audio content alone from iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Install Shairport4w on Windows PC, add a network name to set and let it run in background. Now you will see AirPlay button when you launch Music app in iOS. Hit AirPlay button to choose your Windows PC that acts as AirPlay receiver edmulating Apple Airport Express hardware.

Shairport4w to work requires Apple Bonjour which is already available if you have installed iTunes. Otherwise download the Bonjour Print Services for Windows OS. Shareport4w tool supports Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Download Shareport4w

Shareport4w UI


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6 Responses

  1. C N S Vasan says:

    Air Media Player does not work with iOS 5, which has been launched during the 2nd half of thi year. Any solutions are available?

  2. funkyf@ctory says:

    You can also try Aerodrom – the Airplay server for Windows PC. (http://funky-factory.blogspot.com/) You can stream photos, slideshows, video and audio from your iOS device or iTunes to your PC or notebook.

  3. Airplay TV says:

    Can we do it in reverse? That is stream from Windows XP to Apple TV, say?

    • mulneri says:

      Yes you can!
      I do this with iTunes 10.5 with mp4 video I drop from my linux pc to a itunes playlist on my vista pc, which can be seen by my apple tv 2 over my wireless network!
      There is no itunes for linux so, I use the assistance of a windows pc to get this video to apple tv without using usb drives.
      It also works on a single pc, provided you have the latest version of itunes installed, just remember to create a music or video playlist in itunes so apple tv can see it!

  4. steve says:

    This is great, but what I want to be able to do is, listen to streaming radio on my pc, and also, run that music through the airport express or airport tv units.

    can you do this????

    • RobPoma says:

      You should try virtual audio cable. That program will let you combine multiple audio inputs to one selectable output.

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