Airfoil for Mac

Airfoil for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.4
out of 50 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.4.1
File Size:
14.92MB
Date Added:
October 30, 2009
Price:
Free to try; $25.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Total Downloads:
35,940
Downloads Last Week:
44
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

An AirPort Express will let you listen to iTunes over your home stereo speakers. Airfoil is an application that takes that simple functionality and turns it up to 11. The iTunes-AirPort Express combo is perfect for listening to iTunes on your nice stereo, but what if you want to hear music from a browser-based app like Pandora? Or Sirius Radio through an app like StarPlayr? Or work with audio from your Elgato EyeTV? Airfoil lets you send audio from any application (even your system audio) to your AirPort Express, so you can use your stereo for anything from RealPlayer and QuickTime to browser-based audio like Pandora's. When you Option-click the source menu, you can choose from all background processes, including virtualization programs like Parallels or VMWare. If you have Airfoil Speakers Touch, you can even send audio to your iPhone or other iOS device.

Airfoil also lets you send synced audio to multiple AirPort Express units all over your house, as well as to Apple TVs and even other local computers; Mac or PC, all you have to do is install the free Airfoil Speakers mini-app. Airfoil Speakers has gotten even better in version 4: you could already launch audio directly from it (without launching Airfoil first) and use basic playback controls, but now you can control Airfoil remotely from AirFoil Speakers with sources like iTunes and QuickTime.

Airfoil comes with a built-in video player, too, that lets you play video on your computer with synced audio, so you're no longer stuck with using headphones or your built-in computer speakers to watch movies. Airfoil Video Player also lets you watch video from Netflix or Hulu while keeping the audio in sync with your speakers.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.4

    out of 50 votes

    • 5 star: 37
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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    Results 1-10 of 49

  • 2 stars

    "Mediocre It Is - Dropouts Galore"

    March 26, 2013   |   By pennewise

    Version: Airfoil 4.7.5

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Dropouts.....even when the wifi system is fully functional. Signal is disrupted for a half second repeatedly.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 5 stars

    "LOVE this app!"

    December 10, 2011   |   By RenoDavid

    Version: Airfoil 4.6.2

    Pros

    Works flawlessly.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything at the moment. I'm in love.

    Summary

    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.

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  • 5 stars

    "Spectacular!"

    October 02, 2011   |   By ijhodgson

    Version: Airfoil 4.5.7

    Pros

    * 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 :)

    Cons

    * After waking computer from sleep, Airfoil can start dropping every 5 seconds or so - this is solved by restarting Airfoil

    Summary

    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.

    VERY easy to set up too. Buy it. Now.

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  • 4 stars

    "liberation from the liimits of itunes!"

    December 24, 2010   |   By zug--2008

    Version: Airfoil 4.0

    Pros

    I can show avi dvd, virtually all video files in sync and with sound system on my imac, what a feast.

    Cons

    just a bit balky, but 4 is a big improvement over 3

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  • 5 stars

    "Nice! Does exactly as advertised at a bargain price!"

    November 25, 2010   |   By takemiya

    Version: Airfoil 3.5.4

    Pros

    Sound quality is excellent
    Easy to use

    Cons

    So far, nothing.

    Summary

    I am using this to stream Pandora to Apple TV and it works great. Before this I used Pandora on our Tivo box through the TV and then to the stereo. Only problem with that is having to have the TV on all the time - waste of energy. Now I control the music on the Macbook or use Logmein and control from my iPad.
    I think the $25 price is a steal!

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  • 5 stars

    "Amazing Software!"

    May 15, 2010   |   By TonioLarabi

    Version: Airfoil 3.5.1

    Pros

    You can utilize any device you'd like, without limitations.

    Cons

    Can't think of any.

    Summary

    You'd be a fool to have a Mac and not use this application. It is perfect!

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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome utility!"

    December 20, 2009   |   By hmodes

    Version: Airfoil 3.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Purchased for both osx and windows, have been using for months. Absolutely love this software! Simple, intuitive, very well polished.

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  • 1 stars

    "DOES NOT WORK WITH SNOW LEOPARD!!"

    December 06, 2009   |   By BimiBolabo

    Version: Airfoil 3.4

    Pros

    Worked well under previous versions of Mac OSX

    Cons

    Doesn't work under Mac OSX 10.6

    Summary

    What's to say, except Airfoil no longer works under Snow Leopard. C'mon devs, time and Apple wait for no man!

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  • 3 stars

    "Huge delay problem!"

    November 17, 2009   |   By Jedih

    Version: Airfoil 3.4.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is a very nice software and I'm grateful that someone is giving us a chance to use our Airport Express as it was meant to be used. But please fix this huge sound delay when played through several Airport Express and not forgetting when played through Quicktime. It is unbearable to watch a movie in Quicktime and have Airfoil stream the sound!

    So if you plan to use this software, you should know that you will have a hard time not to be irritated when using Airfoil because of this bug! And it doesn't matter if you are using the latest Airport Express with 802.11n - that's not gonna help you!

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  • 1 stars

    "Half a second delay"

    September 24, 2009   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: Airfoil 3.3.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Still about half a second delay when watching a movie in quicktime and streaming to airtunes.
    No sale

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