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Archive for July, 2011

More Information on Mac OS X 10.7 Support

Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) ImageAs you’ve likely seen, Apple is now shipping Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). This update is quite inexpensive, and we expect a large percentage of our customers to upgrade rapidly. We will, of course, be providing full support for Lion with all our current releases. However, we’re not there just yet.

Specifically, the Instant On component used by Airfoil, Audio Hijack Pro, and Nicecast, has not yet been updated for Lion compatibility. Instant On makes it possible to grab audio from already-running applications. As well, it powers the System Audio capture, which grabs all of the system’s audio at once. If you rely on either of these features, you’ll want to wait for full compatibility before upgrading to Lion.

You can check out the Status page for more details and to track our progress. If our products are crucial to you for daily use, we recommend sticking with Mac OS X 10.6 for just a little while longer. If not, upgrade, and grab the latest versions of our applications – they all have at least preliminary support for Lion.

Finally, if you’re looking to buy, there’s no need to wait. All Lion updates for our products currently for sale will be free, so you don’t need to worry about paying an upgrade fee just to use the software on Lion.

Spotify And Airfoil – So Happy Together

Spotify IconBy now, it’s likely you’ve heard of Spotify, the Sweden-based music service. With Spotify, users get on-demand access to millions of tracks, through both paid and free (ad-supported) accounts. Due to its slow rollout in Europe, and inaccessibility here in the US, Spotify has been receiving quite a lot of buzz since its 2008 launch. Now, Spotify is finally coming to the US.

Airfoil IconFor years, our product Airfoil has been a boon to Spotify users. To listen to music directly on your computer, Spotify is all you need. But if you’re looking to stream Spotify to your stereo, Airfoil comes to the rescue. Setup is a snap, of course. Just launch Airfoil and set Spotify as the source at the top of Airfoil’s window, then transmit to your desired outputs to get audio flowing.

Airfoil sending Spotify's audio

Airfoil sending Spotify’s audio

Using Airfoil, you can send the music from your Mac or PC out to AirPlay audio devices like the AirPort Express or Apple TV. You can also create an ad-hoc radio station for the office, sending Spotify’s audio to other Macs and PCs running Airfoil Speakers. When you do, you’ll see full album art and track titles, and even be able to remotely control playback.

Airfoil Speakers receiving Spotify's audio

Airfoil Speakers receiving Spotify’s audio

We’re thrilled to see Spotify come to the States, and hope to enhance the experience for many new users with Airfoil. So check out Spotify by signing up for a free or paid account, and if you haven’t got it already, grab Airfoil to send its audio anywhere you like.

A New Addition to the Reemote Family

Last week, we updated Airfoil Speakers Touch to version 2, and it’s got some fabulous new features. In addition to a great new interface, Airfoil Speakers Touch can now connect back to Airfoil remotely, and it can control playback of many audio sources.

Reemote HD IconOne thing Airfoil Speakers Touch can’t do, however, is provide full remote control of the Airfoil application itself. If you want to adjust which outputs Airfoil is sending to, or change sources, you need to do so from your computer itself. Unless of course you use a little tool called Reemote, which we talked about back in December. Reemote, by 010dev, enables you to remotely control Airfoil from your iOS device. It’s a great complement to Airfoil for use right on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

What about the iPad? Well today, Reemote is getting a big brother. 010dev is now shipping Reemote HD, for the iPad. Learn more over at 010dev.de.

What’s New In Airfoil Speakers Touch 2!

Hot on the heels of our recent updates to Airfoil for Mac and Airfoil for Windows, we’ve got an update to Airfoil Speakers Touch, our iOS companion to Airfoil. This update brings to iOS many of the new features we introduced to the desktop version of Airfoil Speakers: Reverse Connect and Remote Control, along with a shiny redesign of the user interface. Here’s a quick tour of what’s new:

Reverse Connect

When you launch Airfoil Speakers Touch, the first thing you’ll now see is a list of all the copies of Airfoil that are running on your Wi-Fi network.

Airfoil Speakers Touch 2.0's source list

The list of available Airfoils on your Wi-Fi network

They’re identified by the name and icon of the computer and the app, song, or audio device currently ready to be captured. You can start receiving audio from a particular Airfoil just by tapping its entry in the list, and you can stop at any time by tapping Stop at the upper left. Of course, you can still connect and disconnect from Airfoil itself too.

Remote Control

Once you’re connected to Airfoil and receiving audio, if the app you’re streaming from supports it, you can play, pause, and change tracks right from Airfoil Speakers Touch. Just use the audio buttons that appear above the volume control:

Remote controls appear above the volume slider

Remote controls appear above the volume slider

AirPlay, the technology on which Airfoil’s audio streaming is based, has a built-in two-second delay before audio is heard. This means you won’t hear the results of a remote command immediately. To help indicate this, the remote control buttons glow blue while that delay is elapsing.

You can also use the clicker on your iPhone or iPad’s earbud cable the same way you’re used to with other music apps: one click to play or pause, two clicks to skip to the next track, three clicks to rewind. As well, when the app is in the background or the phone is locked, the audio controls in the multitasking tray and lock screen provide control.

We’ve got a list of supported source apps for Mac and for Windows. Many popular Mac apps, including Spotify, Rdio, and more, can be controlled!

Metadata and Visualizer

We’ve completely revamped the user interface in version 2.0. Most importantly, metadata and album art for the playing track are now displayed when available. We’ve also improved the audio spectrum visualizer, with bigger, more precise meters, and multiple colors – just swipe left or right to change colors. You can also quickly hide the meters to save battery life and make more room for album art, by simply sliding them down.

When the meters are hidden, album art displays larger

When the meters are hidden, album art displays larger

Get It Now

We think you’re going to love the new Airfoil Speakers Touch. If you’re already an Airfoil user, just grab Airfoil Speakers Touch from the App Store now. If you haven’t checked out Airfoil before, click to get started streaming audio all around your house.

Airfoil for Mac Version 4.5 – Now Receiving From iOS and iTunes

Airfoil for Mac IconLess than 8 months ago, we unveiled Airfoil 4, a major update to our tool to help you play audio all around your house. We didn’t stop there though, and now we’re unveiling Airfoil 4.5. This update brings two major new features to Airfoil Speakers, as well as other improvements, including full support for third-party AirPlay devices. Best of all, it’s a free update for all licensed owners of Airfoil 4.

Read on to learn more, or just head over to the Airfoil page to get it now.

Send It Right to Airfoil Speakers

The biggest change in Airfoil 4.5 is actually found in Airfoil Speakers. Airfoil Speakers can now receive audio from several new sources, without even needing to use Airfoil. What does that mean for you?

First and foremost, Airfoil Speakers for Mac can now receive audio from your iOS device! Launch Airfoil Speakers, and it will appear in the list of AirPlay devices on iOS. When you play audio in an app on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, you can select Airfoil Speakers from the AirPlay list, and you’ll hear the audio right on your Mac.

iOS sending to a Mac running Airfoil Speakers

Send audio from your iOS device right to your Mac

Airfoil Speakers can now also receive audio directly from iTunes. You’ve always been able to do this by setting iTunes as your source in Airfoil, but now you can play audio directly from iTunes on Mac OS X or Windows, right out to any Mac running Airfoil Speakers. We’ve even worked with CatPig Studios to add support for sending from their Radium audio player directly to Airfoil Speakers.

Airfoil Speakers remains a complimentary add-on for Airfoil, but if you’re using it on its own (without Airfoil), you’ll want to be sure to enter your Airfoil license into Airfoil Speakers to ensure it’s fully unlocked.

Enhanced Remote Controls and Metadata

Airfoil 4 added remote control support for Airfoil Speakers, enabling you to control supported sources remotely. With version 4.5, Airfoil Speakers can now remotely control even more sources – we’ve added support for Spotify, Rdio, and Radium! You’ll also get album artwork and track titles from these sources, right inside Airfoil Speakers. To see the full list of supported sources, see this Knowledge Base article.

Airfoil Speakers controlling Spotify

Note the album art and track titles, as well as the remote controls

AirPlay Too

Airfoil 4.5 also adds full support for third-party AirPlay devices, from companies like iHome, JBL, and many more. If you’ve got a certified AirPlay audio device, Airfoil will be able to send audio to it!

A Supported AirPlay device

The B&W Zeppelin Air is just one of many supported devices

Get It Now

All these awesome new features and much more, and yet Airfoil 4.5 is a free update for licensed owners of Airfoil 4. You can download it immediately from the Airfoil page.

If you’re still using Airfoil 3, upgrade to version 4.5 for just $10.

Finally, if you’re a Windows user as well, be sure to check out the newest version of Airfoil for Windows, which has also shipped today!