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Murphy uses AirFoil to send audio from a web browser to an Airport Express or an Apple TV.   It’s great for listening to Pandora throughout the house, with various speakers all in sync.  There’s an Apple TV connected to the stereo and an Airport Express connected to a Tivoli radio in the kitchen.  AirFoil can also send audio to another Mac, like the G5 upstairs that has decent speakers connected.  Three sets of speakers all playing one stream throughout the house.

Airfoil keeps getting better.  Recently it gained the ability to ‘hijack’ audio from an application that’s already running.  Previously, you had to start AirFoil, and then launch the application from AirFoil to send its audio to another device.  Not anymore – AirFoil can access already-running applications now.  And they’ve added an iPhone app.  So Murphy can bring a portable radio out on the porch – connect an iPod touch – and listen to the same stream that’s playing in the house.  In a nutshell, it turns an iPhone or touch into a battery powered Airport Express in terms of music streaming.

The software is rock solid, no drop-outs.  The interface is simple and unobtrusive.

Using Quicktime Murphy could listen to the aapl quarterly conference call over AirFoil.  Sending the stream into the kitchen beats lugging a laptop in there.  It’s great for Songza, Pandora, YouTube – or whatever audio you want to transmit.  You can even transmit an iTunes stream to your iPhone or touch – enhancing its multi-speaker functionality.

The iPhone / touch application is free.   The desktop software is $25.  AirFoil for Mac / Windows.  There’s a bundle with both for $40.

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4 comments to “AirFoil Adds Features”

  1. Great post.

    The url for the Tivoli radio doesn’t seem to work.

  2. Thanks !

    Link worked for me, I just de-Amazoned it to a simpler format, hopefully it works now.

  3. I tried Airfoil many times now and never got what I expected. Maybe for music it’s OK, but I never got the sound in sync with a movie (wether with VLC, Quicktime or the integrated player).

    So since iTunes does the streaming to my Express for free it is pretty worthless for me. Or did they get the sound finally in sync with playing movies?

  4. Tice – they have a tool that separates out the video and syncs it with the Airport Express audio buffer. See here:
    http://tinyurl.com/dkvdwa

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