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Sending Any Audio to Android Devices via AirPlay, With Airfoil

Update (December 12th, 2012): The information below is somewhat deprecated. We now recommend our own free Airfoil Speakers for Android.

As Android has grown, we’ve received more than a few requests to bring both Airfoil and Airfoil Speakers to the platform. It only makes sense – people with Android devices want to be able to send audio from those devices out to AirPlay receivers, just like iOS users can. They also want to be able to turn their Android devices into AirPlay receivers, to receive audio sent from their Macs or PCs. Right now, however, we have no concrete plans to bring either of these apps to Android.

AirBubble IconThat doesn’t mean you can’t receive audio from Airfoil on your Android phone though! As it turns out, there’s a third-party AirPlay receiver for Android called AirBubble. Much like Airfoil Speakers Touch on iOS, AirBubble turns your Android device into an AirPlay receiver. It can then receive audio from your Mac or PC can play, thanks to Airfoil.

To check out AirBubble, just download it from the Android Market. The free version will let you try it out, and receive audio for 30 minutes per launch. If you plan to keep using it, you’ll probably want to purchase the $2 AirBubble License app to unlock unlimited audio playback.

Like the Boxee Box previously discussed, AirBubble running on Android does not play audio in sync with other outputs. That means you won’t be able to include your Android device in a multi-output system if you want everything to play in sync. However, if you just want to send from a Mac or PC to your Android device, you’ll be all set.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the Android platform for future opportunities. For now though, if you want to play any audio from your Mac or PC to your Android phone, check out AirBubble in conjunction with Airfoil.

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