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Mac: Airfoil streams audio from any app to AirPort Express

Rogue Amoeba Software has announced the immediate availability of Airfoil (originally announced as Slipstream), its new Mac software that enables users to send audio from any application (instead of just iTunes) directly to an AirPort Express base station. “Everyone who owns one of Apple’s popular AirPort Express devices will be thrilled to be able to send audio from applications like RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime, and Safari right to their remote speakers,” says the developer. “In just seconds, Airfoil can send audio from almost any application on OS X directly to the AirPort Express.” Airfoil is available at an introductory price of $20.

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Neat—and you can try it free—but there’s a lag (the nature of AirTunes) and it works with “almost any” one app at a time, not your total sound output.

So it’s not necessarily the ideal universal answer for gaming, DVDs, system alerts, iChat AV, etc.

But it still sounds like a great new use for AirPort. (And they mention that some players like VLC offer a workaround to help keep audio and video in synch.)

Posted by Nagromme on March 1, 2005 at 10:41 AM (CST)


sounds cool.. I’m sure it will evolve as faster wifi standards are released.  can’t wait till “n” is released!

Posted by apple juice on March 1, 2005 at 10:47 AM (CST)


I use their Audio Hijack Pro, which very easily diverts the sound from any single application (as noted by Nagromme) to a recorded file.  This program should work equally well.

Posted by thenightfly42 on March 1, 2005 at 11:38 AM (CST)


Awesome idea…sux that password protected AirportExpress speakers are not supported.

Posted by Xenious on March 1, 2005 at 12:30 PM (CST)


From what I read the other day, ‘n’ won’t be available until 2007, so video transfer will be a while away. Might check this out when I get airport, so I can play online radio and films through my CD player without having to move my laptop. Anyone found where the workaround in VLC is? I couldn’t see it.

Posted by GWARREN on March 1, 2005 at 1:06 PM (CST)


pre-n hardware is already out. those companies who decided not to wait on standards have already implemented the technology

Posted by whs on March 1, 2005 at 1:31 PM (CST)


This is an obvious improvement over being limited to iTunes.

Posted by dewarner on March 1, 2005 at 1:57 PM (CST)


The VLC workaround seems to be to check the Advanced box at the bottom of Preferences, and under Audio set a manual “audio deynchronization compensation value.” With a little trial and error, you should get the sound in synch.

I don’t have Airfoil, so I’m just guessing looking at VLC.

Posted by Nagromme on March 1, 2005 at 10:54 PM (CST)


Any chance of a windows version?

Posted by JT on March 2, 2005 at 3:10 AM (CST)

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