9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2015 8:02 AM by steveranieri
vschafer Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to know how to stream iTunes Visualizer to AppleTV.

I've seen tons of questions covering this issue but mostly outdated threads and I wonder if OSX 10.9, iOS 7

or whatever the newest AppleTV software came up with a solution to it.

 

I want to throw a party this coming Saturday and would love to be able to use that feature

without having to buy extra hardware.

 

Any hints will be mostly appreciated.


Apple TV (3rd generation), iOS 7.0.4
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,666 points)

    Sorry, that's not possible, likely due to lack of processing power in the Apple TV.

     

    If you have any suggestions that you think might enhance the Apple TV you can send Apple your feedback here 

  • vschafer Level 1 (0 points)

    Just send them my feedback suggestion.  Thanks for your quick response.

     

    Now, would this be an option?

    http://www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot/

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 (95,666 points)

    I guess you could try it, I'm not sure how well it would work, whilst AirParrot appears to be the best of the rest, I found it to be quite poor when I tested it.

     

    Of course it wouldn't actually be a proper screensaver that started automatically etc etc, but I guess you probably know that.

  • vschafer Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually it worked like a charm. 

    First I tried to Mirror using AirPlay only but then I couldn't see the mouse arrow and it wouldn't bring the menu down easily.  Air Parrot really helped with that. 

    It is not perfect because when you are DJ'ing, the last thing you want is the guests to see the menu showing up and hiding every time I change the visualizer effects but I can live with that.

    That will be my next suggestion to Apple: include an option to choose the visualizer we want for

    a music or a genre ... something like that  :-D

    Again thanks a lot for your attention.

  • cheesemethod Level 1 (0 points)

    Surely rather than the apple TV processing it, the computer with itunes could be doing all the work and apple TV just displays it?

    If it has the power to stream 4gb HD movies, surely it can throw up some pretty pictures?

     

    My only other gripe with apple TV is it still doesn't display TV Shows the way it layers them in itunes

  • joshuapinter Level 1 (0 points)

    Right?! Effing Apple. They've neglected the Apple TV and Cinema Display for far too long.

     

    They control this space, you'd think they'd make it easy to enjoy listening and visualizing their music when you have bought into the Apple ecosystem.

  • luvnlex Level 1 (0 points)

    I changed my "National Geographic" screensaver on my Apple TV and now I have all photos of "Paris". I created a Flickr account, chose from an option of images by category. Now, I have a customized screensaver. I imagine there are endless categories. This link might help. http://www.macstories.net/tutorials/use-the-power-of-ifttt-to-customize-your-app le-tv-screen-saver/

  • luvnlex Level 1 (0 points)

    My comment below still might help if you're having a party. After the first song plays on an album or playlist, the screensaver comes on. I have my preferred images, and you can create a custom set of images through Flickr too. It works well. "I changed my "National Geographic" screensaver on my Apple TV and now I have all photos of "Paris". I created a Flickr account, chose from an option of images by category. Now, I have a customized screensaver. I imagine there are endless categories. This link might help. http://www.macstories.net/tutorials/use-the-power-of-ifttt-to-customize-your-app le-tv-screen-saver/"

  • steveranieri Level 1 (0 points)

    Assuming you have Yosemite put iTunes on the extended desktop while connected to AppleTV, don't mirror. while in itunes on the extended desktop turn visualizer on if the visualizer shows on your desktop not the TV press control>F, this should put the visualizer in the iTunes window then press control>F again and it should now be full screen on the TV through AppleTV