Friday, December 17, 2010

Airfoil Tool for Streaming Audio Gets Major Upgrade

Rogue Amoeba has announced Airfoil 4, a major upgrade to their tool for streaming audio around the house. Originally designed to send any audio to Apple's Airport Express router (which supports only iTunes by default), Airfoil has grown to support streaming to the Apple TV, as well as other computers running Airfoil Speakers (on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux), and even to iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Airfoil sends any audio, everywhere.

Airfoil Speakers for Mac IconThe Airfoil 4 update starts with a big update to Airfoil Speakers, which enables you to receive audio on other computers in your house. Just run Airfoil Speakers, and Airfoil will send audio from your Mac to any machine on your network!

With version 4, Airfoil Speakers can initiate a connection back to Airfoil, so you can tune in to audio without dashing back to the Mac running Airfoil. Even better, Airfoil Speakers offers remote control of selected sources, including iTunes and Pulsar. Pause playback, or skip tracks, from across the room or across the house. Airfoil Speakers also features an updated interface, which shows useful metadata about the audio being played, including track information and album artwork when available. Couple that with the beautiful new level meters and the remote controls, and Airfoil Speakers is one powerful little companion to Airfoil.

Airfoil Video Player, the second of Airfoil's companion applications, has also received a major update with version 4. Using Airfoil Video Player, you can watch video on your Mac while audio plays through any remote speakers, all in sync. It's always supported local files and DVDs, but this upgrade brings support for watching web video as well!

With Airfoil Video Player's new Web mode, you can watch TV shows on Hulu or movies via Netflix. Play them right on your Mac's gorgeous screen and send the audio out to your remote speakers. Airfoil Video Player will sync it all up, for the perfect viewing experience. This update also overhauls the player for local files and DVDs to give better control.

Airfoil 4 also offers many other improvements, from a streamlined interface to better audio grabbing from applications like Google Chrome, as well as all System Audio. And when the new crop of third-party AirPlay receivers from companies like iHome and JBL finally arrive, Airfoil 4 will be ready to support them as well. All this combines to make Airfoil 4 the best version of Airfoil yet!

Pricing and Availability:
Airfoil 4 is available immediately for Mac OS X 10.6 and up. A free trial is available for download, and new users can purchase Airfoil through our online store for just $25. Owners of older versions of Airfoil can upgrade for just $10. While in its trial state, Airfoil will overlay noise on all transmissions longer than 10 minutes.

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