As you may have figured out from its play on words, Banana TV is an app for the Mac that mimics some of Apple’s $99 Apple TV functionality.

Banana TV is a client that runs on your Mac that transforms it into an AirPlay recipient. This means that when you tap the little AirPlay icon on your iPhone, you’ll see the name of your Mac along with any other AirPlay enabled devices.

But is there really a need for such software? Check inside for our thoughts on the matter…

Essentially Banana TV does the same thing as its developer’s previous project AirPlayer, an app that we profiled here; in fact, it’s an evolution of that project.

AirPlayer’s presentation left a lot to be desired; it felt like the beta it was. Banana TV promises a more sculpted product for those of you who are highly interested in the idea of streaming from your iOS devices to your Mac.

That’s not to say that Banana TV is without its fair share of issues, though. Things like audio only streaming, DRM handling, and Photo.app streaming remain items to be implemented or improved.

All in all, you’d have to be a hardcore streamer to want to fork over $7.99 for this capability. On the other hand, if you’re using something like a Mac mini as a media hub in your living room, then a $7.99 Banana TV is a very good deal when you look at the alternative solutions.

What do you think?

[TUAW]

  • George W. Bush

    Wow!!! that is so gay. Why would you air play anything to your computer when your TV is there. Just get the HDNI plug for your iPad. Its an unnecessary app. Thats just how I fell. Im going to go and prank call Bill.

    • soccerkrzy

      $8 cool app or $40 overpriced cable?

    • billy

      Isn’t the future supposed to be about less cables? About being able to hold your iPad while feet away from your TV?
      Not to mention that I agree with the commenter above; compare the price of a HDMI (that’s M) with the price of this app.
      If you already have a mac and the cable to connect it to your TV then this is a great addition and a great alternative to buying an Apple TV, which is a device I find quite useless given the capabilities of a mac and those of an iPad.

  • George W. Bush

    Oh I for got FIRST!!!!

  • George W. Bush

    Cable Its HDMI

  • Bytenapple

    Options can’t hurt anyone. The more options the better. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Many people will be grateful for this functionality.

  • Spoon2

    Guys, I can get hdmi cables for under $10 bucks… What’s the hype around hdmi cable costs???

    • GMedel

      I’ve even bought hdmi cables on Amazon for as low as $1!! Sure, they may cost $10 in the Land Of Things Made With Gold, but there’s a lot of cheaper places to buy.

  • GMedel

    I don’t understand this. Everything in my iPhone or iPad comes from the Mac, so why the hell would i want to stream media that the Mac already has inside?

  • GMedel

    I don’t understand this. Everything in my iPhone or iPad comes from the Mac, so why would i want to stream media that the Mac already has inside?

  • GMedel

    Everything in my iPhone or iPad comes from the Mac, so why would i want to stream media that the Mac already has inside? I don’t understand this.

    • Exactly right????

    • Chico

      I understand from where you’re coming from but… what about if you have taken photos on your iphone/ipad/itouch and you want to show to someone on the TV?

      What about if you have someone in your family that came to vizit and wants to show his photos/videos from the phone on the TV?

      Seriously I bought the apple TV just because of the AirPlay and know I wish I didn’t.
      This app would do the job I suppose

      • GMedel

        In the case you are talking about, if I have taken new photos/videos or someone is visiting and wants to show me something, I would simply plug the iDevice to the mac via usb cable and transfer the desired contents. After all, I would already have to connect the mac to the tv, so plugging in the iDevice is just anoter simple step. I wouldn’t pay for a software just for the fact that it would be quicker to stream the content.

  • Uhm… Some of us have friends. (I know crazy huh) Of these, most have an iDevice. My MacPro is perpetually plugged into my much larger monitor. I find it useful for when friends would like to stream their media from their iDevices to a larger screen, in which we all can see. Much easier than switching cables and sitting on the floor in front of the screen running through media. Simply, sit on the couch and manipulate the device. Granted, it is not for all. Some of us DO find it useful. So before bashing something, realize the full potential of the idea, not just your narrow window of reality.

    • Jimmy

      I’ve got the same use for it. Parties at my place often end up in “let me show you something on YouTube” mode. Much easier to beam WiFi from anyone’s device right onto my media computer connected to my projector than to awkwardly use a wireless mouse and keyboard while sitting on the sofa.

  • That is really true about Mac and other google tv

  • Wow, it is interesting