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Airfoil 3 Soars To Amazing New Heights

We first started work on the newest version of our AirPort Express extender Airfoil over one year ago. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Airfoil 3 is now shipping. Airfoil has always allowed you to send any audio to your AirPort Express, but this update brings with it some major feature updates. They may just knock your socks off, so watch out.

Airfoil 3 lets you transmit any audio to multiple AirPort Express units, providing perfect synchronization between units. You can now play audio locally too, in sync with remote playback. But that’s not all – now you can turn any Macintosh into a virtual AirPort Express, with the complimentary Airfoil Speakers app! Run Airfoil Speakers on any local mac, and it will appear in Airfoil as a standard output. With one click, you can transmit your audio to that machine and other Macs, all in sync and with no AirPort Express required. You can of course sync this with local playback and playback to AirPort Express units as well. It’s your audio, everywhere!

As if Airfoil Speakers wasn’t enough, Airfoil 3 offers a second huge feature – video playback! If you’ve ever wanted to watch video while using Airfoil, you know that the AirPort Express buffers audio playback by several seconds, resulting in video that’s out of sync with the audio. No more! With the included Airfoil Video Player, however, this is no matter. Airfoil Video Player handles playing video locally in sync with remote audio, for the perfect viewing experience. Airfoil Video Player supports all of the most popular video formats, and even features preliminary DVD support!

Airfoil 3 also has many smaller updates, including full Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) support, interface improvements, and simplified preferences.

You don’t need to take our word for it – head over to the Airfoil for Mac page and see what the buzz is about, then download Airfoil 3. New users can purchase for the low price of $25, while Airfoil 2 users can upgrade for just $10. Users who’ve purchased since July 16th, 2007, automatically receive this upgrade free of charge.

Last but not least, if you’ll be at Macworld next week, be sure to stop by our booth, #2738 in the South Hall. We’d love to say hi!

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