I’ve taken the plunge and bought an iPad – very different experience to android, and so far, I still prefer androids – they’re more transparent. Didn’t like having to immediately install itunes (which needs windows/mac) to turn the iPad on, then didn’t like having to fill in a credit card number to register an account, and then didn’t like the fact that you can’t try out apps that cost (you get 15mins on android to uninstall and get a refund, no questions asked).
Anyway, I wanted to be able to:
Stream MythTV to iPad
Stream music to iPad
MythTV to iPad – really cool, using AirVideo (£1.99) and an AirVideo server that transcodes your recordings in realtime on-demand on your linux server, and spouts them out for the app on the iPad to read. Instructions here: http://wiki.birth-online.de/know-how/hardware/apple-iphone/airvideo-server-linux – except you need to download the JAR from here: http://www.inmethod.com/forum/posts/list/1856.page
Music to iPad, via “Music Player Daemon” (MPD): mpd is a daemon that can play music on local speakers, to an icecast server, and as a http stream. You can control it via a variety of plugins, inc a firefox one, bitMPC on androids, and MPoD/MPaD on i-devices. If you have “lame” setup, add this to /etc/mpd.conf:
encoder "lame" # optional, vorbis or lame
quality "6.0" # do not define if bitrate is defined
# bitrate "192" # do not define if quality is defined
Then download FStream and whack in http://IPADDRESS:8001 – tada – it works!