More than a million people have already learned to love the Apple iPad, but there's just one small problem for the audio enthusiast - its built-in iTunes can only be played through the built-in speaker or the headphone socket.
Or so Apple would like you to believe.
The $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit includes two connectors. One for an SD card, one for a USB cable. The idea being, the USB cable connects to a camera to download images to store on the iPad. However, if you instead connect this with a USB connector into a DAC, the iPad's iTunes account will work. Also, if you turn the iTunes volume to the max, you have bit-perfect output. It's not perfect, as the iPad will only work in 16bit. It seems if you use a 24bit DAC, authentication fails at the iPad. Not being an iPad owner personally, I'm going on second-hand information here, hastily scribbled after a product launch (and no, I'm not telling who's product launch). But I've seen it and heard it and for $30, you get a camera adaptor, AND potentially the chance to turn your iPad into a music streamer. That can't be bad!
I don't know how long this will work, because this is the sort of loophole that Apple is usually quick to fix. But, for now, the iPad just became a digital streamer. And it doesn't cost a fortune.