Airfoil for Mac Version 4.5 – Now Receiving From iOS and iTunes
Posted By Paul Kafasis on July 6th, 2011
Less 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.
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.
Note the album art and track titles, as well as the remote controls
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!
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!
Yarrow says:July 6th, 2011 at 1:30 pm
I use AirServer ( http://www.airserverapp.com/ ) currently to receive A/V from iOS devices. Will this conflict at all? If I run both, how do I select which app is in charge of receiving the stream?
valerialaura says:July 6th, 2011 at 8:06 pm
You people are the best!!
Paul Kafasis says:July 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm
Yarrow: There shouldn’t be any conflicts, no. As far as “which is in charge”, I’m not sure I follow. You select where the streams go – you control it all.
Waldo says:July 6th, 2011 at 10:48 pm
How about the airfoil touch speakers? Will the iOS app be updated as well?
Paul Kafasis says:July 6th, 2011 at 11:13 pm
Waldo: Oh yes – stay tuned to this very blog!
Yarrow says:July 7th, 2011 at 2:01 pm
Paul: in iOS I see my Mac Mini or my iMac as speakers I can send to. On both machines I have both AirServer (for video but it does audio also) and Airfoil Speakers telling devices on my network they can Airplay to them. Will they show up as separate Airplay destinations? If not, can I choose which app provides which Airplay services, somehow?
Yarrow says:July 7th, 2011 at 2:02 pm
PS: agree with valerialaura – you guys rock! Such awesome apps :)
kjm says:July 7th, 2011 at 2:50 pm
excellent work. ‘just added Airfoil Speakers as a login item, since you’ve gone and made it even more useful. thank you.
Waldo says:July 7th, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Paul: awesome news, thanks!
Paul Kafasis says:July 7th, 2011 at 8:10 pm
Yarrow: We haven’t used AirServer at all, so you’ll need to test this yourself. They should show up as distinct outputs – you can change the name Airfoil Speakers presents in its preferences, which should help you to distinguish. Try it out and see.
kjm: Glad to hear it!
Yarrow says:July 8th, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Aha! You are right Paul, I can change the name in each app. Thx :)