Airfoil for Mac is an innovative audio management application that quickly streams audio from your Mac to AirPort devices including TVs and computers. Aside from some synchronization issues, Airfoil offers an entirely unique experience.
Great interface: This program hosts an attractive and uncomplicated interface that makes it easy to find audio and Airport devices. The Airfoil Video Player is well-built and offers you an excellent drag-and-drop feature as well as the ability to search online for videos from within the program.
Audio management tools: You are sure to love the equalizer and other audio control tools contained within Airfoil. These come with many options including presets like Acoustic or Jazz, and we were impressed that audio volume for individual devices could also be managed with this program.
Supports many sources: The best feature offered by Airfoil for Mac is its ability to connect multiple audio sources with your Airport Express. This is revolutionary because it allows you to not only share audio with Mac products, but also with other devices, like Windows computer, that have the Airfoil speaker software installed.
Playback issues: We experienced audio delay on a few rare occasions, and although these were small errors, the time it takes to properly synchronize audio and video will heavily detract from your enjoyment of Airfoil.
The features offered by Airfoil for Mac are matchless, and once you get through any performance issues, you will be very satisfied with this program. Anyone who listens to music throughout the house or occasionally hosts guests will find Airfoil for Mac useful.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Airfoil for Mac 4.8.8.
Send any audio to AirPort Express units, Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs, all in sync! It's your audio everywhere. With Airfoil you can take audio from any application and send to your AirPort Express units, as well as Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs running Airfoil Speakers! Transmit audio from RealPlayer, Windows Media Player, QuickTime Player, and other media players. Send audio from web-based applications like Pandora, Last.fm, and other to the AirPort Express. You can even stream audio from audio devices like RadioSHARK, XM and Sirius radios, around your house.
- Dropouts: After roughly 5 minutes of streaming, the sound will be glitching over and over regularly
- Problematic audio artifacts appeared both on Nexus 5x and iPhone 5s simultaneously (MacBook Pro was used for streaming)
- The problem reproduced multiple times even after going to a place with no other WiFi spots nearby - no radio interference, just buggy Mac software
- Android app will crash occasionally
- The server software can drop clients without any explanations to the user
October 24, 2016
Version: Airfoil 5.1.1
Allows you to stream Mac Airplay audio to multiple Airplay speakers
Nice simple interface
None now. Used to have dropouts but this is fixed for me on Mac in version 5
I have been using this app regularly for at least a couple of years. I play podcasts on my Mac and through the app I transmit them to several speakers in the house. It is so convenient if you are moving from room to room . My Airplay speakers are from 2 different makes and it works fine. I used to have a problem where all of them would drop out for a minute. That problem has vanished since I updated to version 5 and the Sierra OS.
I would use Airfoil regardless of interface but it doesn't hurt that the interface is easy to use and has improved with every update. Clearly a lot of time and care goes into this app.
I can play the same music throughout my home and the garage. I can play on my iMac in my office, my Apple TV 2nd gen (hooked up to my main Denon stereo surround system, circa 2006, in the living room), my iPhone connected to my old but still quite usable Bose dock (via my lightning to 30-pin adapter) in the kitchen, my husband's iPhone (connected to a bluetooth speaker) in the garage, with two more possibilities via the AirExpress extenders in another office and guest suite. Invest a fortune in Sonos or other wireless device in every room? No need! This enabled me to use my legacy sound system(s). Eventually I will upgrade to higher grade wireless (not bluetooth) speakers, but still use my Airfoil!
Video not possible, at least not that I know of.
For just a little $ I am able to make use of some very expensive equipment I already had in place and have music play throughout my entire home - 6 devices.
I downloaded it to play music through both laptop and phone simultaneously. I can play music through my laptop to my phone, and vice versa, but not at the same time. There are no controls to be able to manipulate it, so no idea how to change this.
It seems to be an entirely redundant piece of software - why would I want to tell my phone via my laptop to play music when I could just play it through my phone?
For about a week this software and its IOS app worked like a charm. I was able to stream audio from browsers or streaming programs like Spotify to the living room audio and to iphone or ipad. It was great!! I have since discovered there are other programs that do the same (StreamToMe, e.g.) but Airfoil worked well. This changed.
I should also mention that the email tech support help was quite good, and I probably should give them one more shot. If nothing else, they inspired me to tweak my house wifi which works better than ever. I wish I could say the same for Airfoil.
Dropouts.....even when the wifi system is fully functional. Signal is disrupted for a half second repeatedly.
The program, in its present state, is a 25 dollar empty space on my hard drive. I would look to other alternatives, some of which have video as well as audio streaming which is the new big deal.
December 10, 2011
Version: Airfoil 4.6.2
Can't think of anything at the moment. I'm in love.
I've actually had Airfoil for years, and it has always been great to have, but I can't believe how good it is now. I'm playing a Spotify playlist (from The Walkmen) and it's streaming perfectly to my Apple TV, an iPhone, and an iPod touch. All in sync! And what's really cool is I can control the playback of the Spotify app on my MacBook with either of the iDevices. How cool is that? Plus, the album artwork is streaming to everything! Sorry, I'll try to calm down but this is just awesome. Thanks to Rogue Amoeba for the great product.
October 02, 2011
Version: Airfoil 4.5.7
* Easy to set up * Works with connected devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) * Even works through a BT HomeHub, which in the UK has proven in the past to be a real PAIN when setting up wi-fi devices :)
* After waking computer from sleep, Airfoil can start dropping every 5 seconds or so - this is solved by restarting Airfoil
This is cool software, and well worth shelling out the 20 quid. Easy to set up, and with an Airport Express really does send music throughout the house. Nice to be able to listen to music with other devices (iPhone etc.) and remotely control iTunes from whatever device you're using.
Major Enhancement: Several improvements have been made for Apple TV support. These include correctly resetting stored passwords that have gone stale, correctly reporting incorrect passcodes, correcting an issue where pairing could fail with tvOS 11 in some cases, and even properly calling the device an "Apple TV" (not an "AppleTV").
Other: The Preferences window no longer incorrectly allows minimizing.