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Airfoil 3.1 and Airfoil for Windows 2.5 Bring Apple TV Support

Airfoil for MacJust over a month ago, we released Airfoil 3, a major upgrade. Airfoil is our tool for sending any audio to the AirPort Express, allowing you to send any audio to your AirPort Express units as well as other Macs running our complimentary Airfoil Speakers application. With the release of Airfoil 3.1, we’re now providing full support for sending any audio to the Apple TV and Airfoil Speakers for Windows!

Airfoil is the first and only third party application to send audio to the Apple TV. Using Airfoil, you can send anything to the Apple TV, not just iTunes. Send audio from media players like QuickTime Player or RealPlayer, or web-based sources like Pandora, Last.fm, XM and Sirius.

Further, with the complimentary Airfoil Speakers for Windows, you can send audio to Macs and Windows PCs running on your network too. AirPort Express units, Apple TVs, Macs, and PCs – Airfoil lets you send your audio, everywhere!

We’ve also updated Airfoil for Windows to version 2.5. Airfoil for Windows is the Windows cousin of Airfoil for Mac, and shares the same basic functionality. Airfoil for Windows can also send audio to AirPort Express units, Apple TVs and other PCs and Macs.

Airfoil for Mac 3.1 is a free update for all owners of Airfoil 3 and Airfoil for Windows 2.5 is a free update for all owners of Airfoil for Windows. New users can purchase Airfoil for Mac or Airfoil for Windows for just $25 each. If you need to run Airfoil on both Macs and Windows, you can even bundle them up for just $40 total!

Visit the Airfoil for Mac or Airfoil for Windows sites to get started sending audio to your AirPort Express units, Apple TV, and other machines. Grab the free trials and start streaming, right now!

8 Responses to “Airfoil 3.1 and Airfoil for Windows 2.5 Bring Apple TV Support”

  1. John Muir says:

    Macs to Windows to AppleTVs to AirPort Expresses: sounds like it was a lot of fun to test…

  2. matt says:

    guys, we’re waiting for an ipodtouch/iphone airfoil… come on! Can’t you?

  3. Paul says:

    John Muir: It definitely opens up lots of different setups for testing. But it’s not too bad.

    matt: As we’ve said before, we’re waiting for the iPhone SDK. Once that arrives, we’ll see what happens with Airfoil and Airfoil Speakers for the iPhone. In the meantime, we’re doing plenty of other work.

  4. Mike V says:

    Great work!! I love the graphic that gets sent to the Apple TV for my Macbook… complete with all of my menu bar icons and desktop wallpaper (yes, I looked at it that close!) Now I can play Windows Media and AOL Radio streams throughout my place, including my Apple TV in my entertainment center!

  5. Mister Snitch says:

    Um… any chance video would be added to Airfoil’s capabilities? Because the ability to send any video to Apple TV is what I (and lots of others, I’d bet) am really looking for.

  6. Paul says:

    Mike V: Isn’t it great? That’s Guy English’s work – see his post for full information on it:


    Mister Snitch: Lots of people want to send unsupported video formats to the Apple TV, sure. But that’s not really what Airfoil is about. Heck, that’s not at all what Airfoil is about. The AirTunes functionality on the Apple TV means its set to receive audio, over an audio protocol. It doesn’t open it up to receiving video from another source, in other formats. While I’d love to see this too, it’s nothing we’ll be enabling with Airfoil.

  7. The Remster says:

    Just saw the article on MacWorld.com today and having bought an AppleTV 2 last week, I am now able to play internet radio over my AppleTV. And I’m lovin’ it!
    Anyway though that the song name gets shown on the TV screen as it appears it iTunes?

  8. Paul says:

    The Remster: Right now, we’re not slurping any metadata out, from any source, so we’re showing generic data (as seen in the screenshots here).

    In a future update, we may see about grabbing info from iTunes and other common sources, and displaying that. For now though, we’re happy with what we’ve got.

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