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Airfoil Satellite Is Now in Orbit on iOS

Airfoil Satellite ScreenshotToday, we’ve got a newly released iOS application for you to check out. Airfoil Satellite is an iOS companion app for our Airfoil streaming software. With Airfoil, you can send any audio from your Mac or PC to devices all around your house. When you run Airfoil Satellite on any iOS device, you turn it into an audio receiver for Airfoil. Use Airfoil and Airfoil Satellite together to wirelessly send any audio from your computer to your mobile devices!

Long-time Airfoil users may already be using our previous iOS application, Airfoil Speakers Touch, to receive audio on their devices. That application debuted in 2009, but after multiple misfortunes with Apple’s App Store policies, it entered a period of hibernation. Its last update came in 2012, so we’re glad to be replacing it with an entirely new application.

The new Airfoil Satellite app should replace the old Airfoil Speakers Touch for all recent iOS devices.1 We recommend all Airfoil users on iOS 7 and later download Airfoil Satellite immediately (and delete the old Airfoil Speakers Touch once Satellite is up and running). It features a thoughtfully-redesigned interface comprised of gorgeous retina-quality graphics. The app looks and works great on all modern devices, from a 3.5″ iPod Touch to a gigantic iPad Pro.

Of course, as part of the Airfoil family, the real point is playing audio. Airfoil Satellite does that with aplomb. Just run Airfoil on your Mac or PC, then open Airfoil Satellite on your iOS device, and they’ll automatically link to one another. After that, you can send audio to your iOS device for wireless listening anywhere your wifi reaches. Airfoil Satellite even supports an enhanced experience with many popular audio sources, so you can control playback and see what song is playing!

More to Come

Replacing the outmoded Airfoil Speakers Touch was worthwhile on its own. However, we’ve also got plans for more when it comes to Airfoil Satellite. This new application lays the groundwork for integrated remote control of Airfoil itself. In the coming weeks, we’ll ship the next major update to Airfoil. With it, you’ll be able to remotely control Airfoil itself, right from within Airfoil Satellite. Get Airfoil Satellite now, then watch for further updates.

Get It Now

Airfoil Satellite for iOS IconAirfoil Satellite is now available for all iOS devices running iOS 7 or higher. It’s completely free, so download it now on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. For more details, visit the Airfoil Satellite for iOS page. And as always, stay tuned for more updates!


  1. If you’ve got older Apple devices running iOS 4 through iOS 6, they can be useful as receivers for Airfoil. Just search the iOS App Store for “Airfoil Speakers Touch”. ↩︎

6 Responses to “Airfoil Satellite Is Now in Orbit on iOS”

  1. Ian M says:

    Super excited to see the remote feature! Waiting to see it before I purchase, like I have much choice ;-) Thanks in advance!

  2. Paul Kafasis says:

    Ian M: To be sure, only Airfoil needs to be purchased. Airfoil Satellite is a free companion, and the remote features will be free (not an in-app purchase).

  3. Ian M says:

    Thanks for clarifying! The old remote app was 4.99 right?

  4. Sean says:

    Any update to AirFoil Remote in the near future? I use it to control 4 AirPlay speakers playing Spotify with AirFoil running on a Mac mini, all controlled from Spotify’s iOS remote feature in their app and AirFoil Remote.

  5. Paul Kafasis says:

    Ian M: Airfoil Remote was 4.99, yes.

    Sean: Rather than being updated, Airfoil Remote will be supplanted by Airfoil Speakers in the near future. Watch for more soon!

  6. Michael S. says:

    I’m another person who is anxiously awaiting the update for Airfoil Speakers to bring the feature of controlling speakers back. I’ve enjoyed your product so far, this will be the icing on the cake.

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