How to Watch Apple’s Streaming Music Event on Your PC
By Brennon Slattery
Apple’s music-centric event today promises to bring new iPods, an iTV update, and perhaps a new video streaming service. To capitalize on streaming online video’s popularity, Apple will be broadcasting the event live to test its new server farm — but only on Apple products. So if you have these specs:
A Mac running Safari on Mac OSX version 10.6 Snow Leopard
An iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 3.0 or higher
… then Apple loves you; you can watch. If not, Apple has left you out in the cold.
MacRumors has devised a clever workaround for those who Apple is leaving in the dark. “The HTTP Live Stream protocol is based on very standard technologies. The stream is simply provided in an MPEG2 playlist (m3u file) that is added to as the stream continues,” MacRumors wrote.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A download of VLC (a free, open-source cross-platform multimedia player and framework)
Patience: VLC can stream pre-recorded streams just fine, as it knows what’s coming next. However, with a live stream, it doesn’t, so you’ll have to repeatedly reload the playlist manually to get the next few segments.
It’s not exactly the best solution, but with Apple behaving like a spoiled kid with all the best toys, it’ll have to do.