AirFoil: How to use Airplay from any device or program

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Apple’s Airplay function for Macbook, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV was a great step forward for those of us who want to stream our music to and from various locations in our home.  It was actually the deciding factor behind my family purchasing Airport (the Apple brand wireless internet router).  Unfortunately, after unboxing the Airport and getting things up and running I quickly found the functionality was not quite what I expected.  I was unable to stream audio from Pandora and other programs to the speakers attached to my Airport.  Only music from iTunes, or internet videos would play over Airplay.  This seemed strange to me as streaming audio from a video or audio source should be as simple as rerouting the entire audio driver signal to the Airplay app and feeding that to the speakers.  Well, at least it seemed simple, but I’m not a software programmer.

Thus, I set upon the mission of finding a way to make my PC stream audio to my Airport router and Apple TV.  After doing a lot of research online I finally stumbled upon this software company called Rogue Amoeba which has developed software called Airfoil.  This software allows you to use a Mac or PC to wirelessly stream your audio from ANY program to your Airplay speakers.  Want to stream Pandora to Airplay?  Just click to stream from your browser and the audio will automatically transfer over to your Airplay speakers.  How about Windows Media Player?  Yes, even windows specific programs are covered folks, looks like someone just one-upped Apple themselves, for this program makes Airplay fully functional.

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Before I delve into the specs of each version of the Airfoil software, I would like to take a moment to lay down my final 2 cents.  Airfoil is software for Mac or PC which allows you to open up the full functionality of Apple’s somewhat lacking Airplay program.  You can stream audio from any program to any of your Airplay enabled devices.  I am incredibly happy with this software and will be using it every single day.  NERD TREK gives Airfoil 5/5 stars!  NERD TREK highly recommends purchasing and downloading this software!

AIRFOIL INFORMATION:

Airfoil for Windows Information

What It Is:
Airfoil for Windows is a utility for Windows, enabling users to send any audio from their
PC to a host of devices around the house, all in sync. Airfoil uses the AirPlay audio protocol
to send audio to remote speakers including iOS devices and other computers, as
well as Apple’s AirPlay hardware devices like the Apple TV and AirPort Express. Thirdparty
AirPlay devices from companies like JBL and iHome are also supported.
What It Can Be Used For:
With Airfoil, users can take audio from any application on Windows and send it around the house or office. Without Airfoil, AirPlay audio works only with iTunes. Airfoil opens it up to all applications. Using Airfoil, customers can transmit audio from media players like Spotify, Rdio, and MOG, as well as audio from web-based applications like Pandora, Last.fm, and many, many more Airfoil can be teamed up with the free Airfoil Speakers on several platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, and iOS. Running Airfoil Speakers turns a device into an audio receiver for Airfoil. See the Airfoil Speakers page of this press kit for more information.
System Compatibility:
Airfoil for Windows is available for Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
What it Costs:
A license for Airfoil for Windows costs $25, with a fully-featured trial available for download.
Note:
While similar, Airfoil for Mac and Airfoil for Windows are separate products. Each has its
own specific features, development cycles, and licensing.

 

Airfoil for Mac Information

What It Is:
Airfoil for Mac is a utility for Mac OS X, enabling users to send any audio from their Mac
to a host of devices around the house, all in sync. Airfoil uses the AirPlay audio protocol
to send audio to remote speakers including iOS devices and other computers, as well
as Apple’s AirPlay hardware devices like the Apple TV and AirPort Express. Third-party
AirPlay devices from companies like JBL and iHome are also supported.
What It Can Be Used For:
With Airfoil, users can take audio from any application on the Mac and send it around
the house or office. Without Airfoil, AirPlay audio works only with iTunes. Airfoil opens it
up to all applications. Using Airfoil, customers can transmit audio from media players
like Spotify, Rdio, and MOG, as well as audio from web-based applications like Pandora,
Last.fm, and many, many more.

Airfoil can be teamed up with the free Airfoil Speakers on several platforms, including
Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS. Running Airfoil Speakers turns a device into an audio
receiver for Airfoil. See the Airfoil Speakers page of this press kit for more information.

System Compatibility:
Airfoil for Mac is available for Mac OS X 10.6 and up.

What it Costs:
A license for Airfoil for Mac costs $25, with a fully-featured trial available for download.

Note:
While similar, Airfoil for Mac and Airfoil for Windows are separate products. Each has its
own specific features, development cycles, and licensing.

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