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Apple TV 6.0 Requires FairPlay for AirPlay

Paul Kafasis:

We are still investigating the issue and further research will be required to determine if a workaround is possible. At this time, it is clear that the new Apple TV software demands Apple’s proprietary FairPlay encryption in order to be allowed to send audio to it. This limitation was not present in older versions of the Apple TV software. Figuring a way around this encryption, or if it’s possible at all, may take some time.

There’s more general information on Hacker News. Christopher Breen has more general information about Apple TV 6.0:

Unlike previous updates that added new channels, version 6 of the Apple TV firmware goes under the hood, adding support for Apple’s iTunes Radio streaming service, allowing purchases from the iTunes music store, supporting podcast syncing, and providing access to shared iCloud Photo Streams. Additionally you can stream purchased iTunes content via iCloud to any Apple TV, even when it isn’t currently using your iTunes credentials.

Update (2013-09-26): Paul Kafasis:

Today, we’re happy to say that issue has been resolved in Airfoil for Mac. Airfoil 4.8.1, just released, works fine with the new Apple TV update (and all other AirPlay-compatible devices).

2 Comments

Do we have consensus that Apple's use of its FairPlay™ brand in this scheme is the most Orwellian language usage we've seen out of Cupertino to date?

> Do we have consensus that Apple's use of its FairPlay™ brand in this scheme is the most Orwellian language usage we've seen out of Cupertino to date?

Fair enough.

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