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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV iOS devices
If you are jealous of the Roku 3's new, very cool "private listening" feature (headphone jack is on the remote) and would like to achieve the same on your AppleTV, here's a way to do so:

Ingredients needed:
AppleTV 2 or 3, running AppleTV software 5.2 or newer (need not be jailbroken)
iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch or iPad)
Any one of the following apps to make the above device act as an "AirPlay Speaker"
- AirView, AirFloat, or something similar (previously downloaded from App Store, as these routinely get pulled from the App Store)
- Airfoil Speakers Touch, with in-app upgrade for direct AirPlay feature already purchased (also no longer available for purchase.) This feature can be manually added via jailbreak and manual hack (or via app preference editor Flex, though)
- Jailbreak, and installed via Cydia, any one of the following: AirServer, AirFloat, airplayspeaker, AirCrack, perhaps others?

Instructions:
Enable the app/feature/function that turns your handheld iOS device into an AirPlay Speaker.
Plug in headphones into your iOS device.
On the AppleTV, go to Settings > AirPlay > Speakers and select your iOS device. This will be the speaker to which audio is routed. (This can also be selected or changed while playing video content, by holding down the Select button on the remote, moving to the "Speakers" tab and selecting your iOS device from the list.)
Start playing a video content on AppleTV.

You're now "private listening" to the AppleTV! Be amazed by the perfect audio/video sync, while your bed mate sleeps soundly. You can even use the Remote app to control playback too, and the audio should continue playing in the background.

[kirkmc adds: Interesting. I don't know why Apple doesn't offer this possibility. Personally, I don't have a TV in the bedroom, so I wouldn't use this, but I can imagine sometimes in the living room wanting to watch something when someone else wants to be in the living room and not hear it.]
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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: bjsvec on Mar 12, '13 09:14:35AM

Too bad all those apps have been removed from the iTunes store. Does anyone know a current working one? I don't want to JB.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: Fofer on Oct 20, '13 06:44:24PM

Another (iOS 7) app is out now in the App Store that allows you to turn your iDevice into an AirPlay receiver. It's called "AirMusic Play" and it costs $0.99.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airmusic-play-stream-music/id721673281?mt=8

Grab it before Apple pulls it.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: stephenchua on Nov 03, '13 02:46:37PM

Thanks so much for the heads-up on the AirMusic play app! It works perfectly!

I can now stream videos from my Mac to my Apple TV, and then have my Apple TV send the audio to my iPad via this app (which acts as an "AirPlay speaker"). The video & audio syncs perfectly; no delays!

I also discovered that this app is actually AirFloat, which is now open-source. According to its developers Appbreviate, others have since attempted to resubmit the app to Apple, and some do get approved! No wonder the AirMusic Play app looks exactly the same as AirFloat. This is their post about it: http://appbreviate.com/portfolio

Hope Apple doesn't pull this app. Should they do so, just wait for its "reincarnation". We'll just have to uncover the new app's name :)



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: lowbatteries on Mar 12, '13 10:20:32AM

This was the first thing I did when I heard about the new Roku feature! A light bulb went off in my head about how Apple recently added Airplay output to the AppleTV, and I'd snagged up the Airfoil Speakers in-app purchase a while ago.

As the original poster says, it works great! Tried it out with The Walking Dead last night.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: oneblessedguy on Mar 13, '13 08:56:44AM

Now this is a good hint! I did not even think about doing this. Have usually just loaded it onto my iPad and then watched it from there. Hmmm, 9.7 inches or 42 inches?

Yee haw! Now were talking!



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: institute on Mar 16, '13 11:39:44AM

This works for me but does anyone know how to increase the volume beyond turning up the receiving idevice. Even at maximum volume I find the audio very quiet. I am using Airfloat on a jailbroken ipod touch, by the way.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: Fofer on Mar 22, '13 07:58:23PM

I'm the original poster of this tip.

Try playing music on the AppleTV first, hold the select button, go down and select Speakers... and then choose your iPhone as audio output. On *that* screen, you can adjust the output. Dunno why you can't do the same from video output. But, from my limited testing, it appears to maintain that higher volume when you later switch over and start playing videos! Hopefully it works for ya.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: institute on Mar 24, '13 08:57:18AM

Thanks for the tip, er, I mean...hint. That did it. I can now actually get the the volume slider with videos when I hit Select > Speakers > Airfloat while watching the video. I do find the sound is not always reliable, however. It does cut-out occassionally and it is sometimes hard to get going again. Still a neat hint though. Thanks.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: Fofer on Mar 22, '13 08:27:34PM

If you don't have an AirPlay-receiver enabled iOS device, this same tip can be used to send audio to an actual AirPlay Express that's plugged into an A/C outlet near your bed. Plug headphones into the audio output port of the Express and you're in business.

I suppose you could also just drape a long headphone cable across the bed and floor, directly into the TV... but AirPlay's cleaner, and cooler and more fun! :)



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: Spliff on Mar 31, '13 11:57:43AM

Turns out this does work, but you have to jailbreak your iOS device first. The http://9to5mac.com article claims that it works on non-jailbroken devices. This is incorrect.

Edited on Mar 31, '13 02:05:49PM by Spliff



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: Fofer on Jun 05, '13 04:22:37PM

Got a link to that article?

This Mac OS X Hint has stated correctly from the start that a jailbroken iOS device (or a previously downloaded app from the App Store that allows AirPlay receiving) is required for this to work.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: Spliff on Jun 05, '13 04:30:06PM

Afraid not. I carelessly did not provide a link in my original comment and now I can't find the article I was referring to.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: Fofer on Oct 20, '13 06:43:28PM

Another (iOS 7) app is out now in the App Store that allows you to turn your iDevice into an AirPlay receiver. It's called "AirMusic Play" and it costs $0.99.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/airmusic-play-stream-music/id721673281?mt=8

Grab it before Apple pulls it.



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Replicate Roku 3's "Private Listening" feature on AppleTV
Authored by: stephenchua on Nov 03, '13 02:47:32PM

Thanks so much for the heads-up on the AirMusic play app! It works perfectly!

I can now stream videos from my Mac to my Apple TV, and then have my Apple TV send the audio to my iPad via this app (which acts as an "AirPlay speaker"). The video & audio syncs perfectly; no delays!

I also discovered that this app is actually AirFloat, which is now open-source. According to its developers Appbreviate, others have since attempted to resubmit the app to Apple, and some do get approved! No wonder the AirMusic Play app looks exactly the same as AirFloat. This is their post about it: http://appbreviate.com/portfolio

Hope Apple doesn't pull this app. Should they do so, just wait for its "reincarnation". We'll just have to uncover the new app's name :)



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