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It's been a busy week or so for coders hacking AirPlay, Apple's media streaming protocol. We've seen code posted to allow streaming from Macs to Apple TVs, from iPads to Linux boxes running XBMC, and now we have an iPad-to-Windows link enabled.

The app you need is AirMediaPlayer, with runs under Windows XP, Vista and 7, and it requires Apple's freely available implementation of its zero-config tool, Bonjour.

Like AirFlick on the Mac - for Mac-to-Apple TV - and AirPlayer (iOS to Mac), AirMediaPlayer uses Bonjour to advertise the host machine as an Apple TV. Your iOS 4 device will then stream the video or music you're playing in it to the PC.

You can download AirMediaPlayer from website Technology and Science.

AirPlayer and AirFlick can be downloaded from developer Erica Sadun's site.

AirFlick was quickly tweaked to allow not solely Apple-sanctioned formats to be played on the Apple TV. By chucking a Mac version of AirVideo into the mix you can transcode video from, say, AVI XviD to H.264.

Erick van Rijk then used VLC to transcode DVDs in real time, and by tweaking the DVD code just slightly you can screencast your Mac's display to your telly via the Apple TV. ®

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