Originally Posted by anonymouse
If you already have an iPhone for, "plugging it in to an iHome-type device in every room," you can currently use the free Apple Remote app to control what is playing, so, this actually seems much simpler and better: stream to your speakers (from iTunes on your computer, or from your iPhone) without having to plug the device in, leaving you free to use it as needed, rather than having to interrupt the music to take or make a call, or use some app to do something. As to cheaper, that will depend on what these systems cost, won't it? The dock style devices may be cheaper or these may.
right, true, once you have new AirPlay equipped gizmos in every room you can use the Remote app for this, as long as your computer is on and you are logged in (but if some other user is on it, no dice). but why replace your old gizmos as long as they work, or pay extra for AirPlay? and they charge your plugged in iThing for you too, which is a consideration. and actually some gizmos, like headphones (and hands free in cars), can already play the audio from your iThing wirelessly via blutooth now. btw, am using an old iPhone 2G for this at home - they make a good iPod after their phone days are over.
so for music AirPlay is a nice incremental improvement, but its big plus is for wirelessly getting video to your TV from your iThings - including the iPad, which is not easily "dockable." docks and cables just don't work well with couch potato-ing. you have to keep getting up!