Now Playing: Airfoil for Mac 5!
Posted By Paul Kafasis on February 18th, 2016
It’s a very big day here at Rogue Amoeba, as we’re now shipping major upgrades to both Airfoil for Mac and Airfoil for Windows! If you’re unfamiliar with Airfoil, it’s our tool for playing audio from your computer to remote speakers anywhere on your network. Now you can hear the music from your computer anywhere you like. Airfoil gives you your audio, everywhere.
This post is dedicated to the brand-new version 5.0 of Airfoil for Mac. If you’re a Windows user, please be sure to read the corresponding Airfoil for Windows post.
Bluetooth Joins the Party
Perhaps the biggest change in Airfoil is that it now supports sending audio to Bluetooth devices. Airfoil has always been able to send audio to AirPlay outputs, like the Apple TV and AirPort Express. Now, it also works with the thousands of different Bluetooth speakers, headphones, and headsets available. With Airfoil 5, you can stream a single application’s audio to a Bluetooth device (or multiple Bluetooth devices!), and keep the rest of your audio on your Mac.
Team It Up With Airfoil Satellite
Airfoil for Mac 5.0 includes full compatibility with the new Airfoil Satellite applications, available for iOS, Mac and Windows.1 If you want to hear your Mac’s audio on another Mac, Windows machine, or iOS device, just run the free Airfoil Satellite there. Airfoil will see it and enable you to send audio to it! Airfoil Satellite also offers remote control of both supported source applications, as well as Airfoil itself. Now you can control playback, toggle outputs off and on, and much more, all remotely.
A Shiny New Interface
Airfoil for Mac and Airfoil Satellite for Mac have both been improved, all without changing too much. The interface will still be familiar to users of older versions of Airfoil, but it also features many improvements. There are improvements like longer volume sliders in Airfoil’s main window, as well as beautiful new graphics that are fully updated for Retina displays. Meanwhile Airfoil Satellite has been updated to include the new controls for controlling Airfoil, while retaining all that the previous “Airfoil Speakers” application offered.
Many More Great Additions
Of course, there’s much more to see in Airfoil 5, including:
Speaker Groups – A group is a collection of multiple speakers which appears as one in Airfoil’s main window. Use a Group to send audio to multiple outputs with a single click. Create one group for all the speakers in your house, or divide your speakers into zones. Now you can send audio exactly where you want even faster.
Silence Monitor – Great for workplace or shared home setups, the new silence monitor allows Airfoil to automatically disconnect itself when it’s streaming silence. The output device is then freed up for others to use.
Custom Equalizer Presets – Adjust the equalizer to your liking, then save it in the Preset menu. Now you’ll be able to access those exact settings any time you like.
Hide Speakers – If you regularly connect to a shared network which contains devices you don’t control, you may wish to hide them entirely from Airfoil. Now you can do so, from the “Advanced Speaker Options” window.
Adjust Sync – Airfoil automatically keeps all outputs completely in sync. However, there may be rare situations where you wish to adjust this, such as when an output is connected to a receiver which adds its own latency. The new Sync sliders in the “Advanced Speaker Options” window make this possible.
Improved Instant On – Capture audio from already-running apps, as well as all System Audio. If you haven’t looked at Airfoil for a while, you’ll be thrilled to see that installation and updates to Instant On no longer require a restart.
Awesome Accessibility – We know many visually impaired users love Airfoil, and we’ve worked hard to make the new version fully accessible with Apple’s VoiceOver.2
Try Airfoil for Mac 5 Right Now
Use Airfoil to send any audio from your Mac throughout your house. Airfoil gives you your audio, everywhere, and the best way to experience it is to try it out yourself. Airfoil for Mac 5.0 is available for immediate download. You can visit the Airfoil for Mac page for more details or just download the free trial immediately. Airfoil works on Mac OS X 10.9 and higher, and it’s fully functional in its trial mode, so you can explore all that it offers.
When you’re ready to purchase Airfoil for Mac, get it exclusively in our online store.
Discounts for Previous Airfoil Owners
As always, we’ll be providing free upgrades to recent purchasers of Airfoil. If you purchased Airfoil on or after November 1st, 2015, you’ll be provided with a complimentary upgrade to version 5. We’ve sent you an email with details, so just check your inbox.
If you previously purchased Airfoil for Mac 4 (or earlier) before November 1st, 2015, you’re eligible to upgrade to version 5 for just $15. Read about “What’s New in Airfoil for Mac 5” on our site, then download the new version to try it out.
When you’re ready, click to purchase your discounted upgrade.
We’re delighted to get this major upgrade into your hands, and we hope you’ll be glad to have it! You can learn more about the new version on the Airfoil for Mac page, then download it and try it out. Let us know any questions or feedback you have right here.
If you previously used “Airfoil Speakers” on Mac or iOS, the new Airfoil Satellite replaces it entirely. You should install Airfoil Satellite on any devices you like, and delete the old “Airfoil Speakers” application. ↩︎
If you find something we missed, please let us know!↩︎
Jim says:February 18th, 2016 at 2:16 pm
Great update. Thanks!
I was perhaps hopelessly hoping for Chromecast Audio support.
Any chance thats in the works?
Carter says:February 18th, 2016 at 3:27 pm
So you’re charging $15 to existing users to continue using your service?
In what way, shape or form is this fair? Why should I be ‘excited’ about paying more money to use a service that I have previously bought?
David says:February 18th, 2016 at 3:28 pm
dug out my receipt; i bought Airfoil 4 in 2010…wow. a paid upgrade is much overdue! :D
David says:February 18th, 2016 at 3:30 pm
@Carter — this is a paid upgrade to a piece of software, not a service. just like you pay for upgrading just about any other third party software you use. but then i suppose you can keep using Airfoil 4 as long as it works for you.
EastAndrew says:February 18th, 2016 at 3:53 pm
Awesome, I’m jamming with audio through two different Bluetooth speakers, and it all sounds great!
The upgrade is well worth it. Ignore the cheapskates like Carter and keep kickin butt!
Oli says:February 18th, 2016 at 5:49 pm
Great release! Are there there any plans to support additional audio protocols, like the aforementioned Chromecast? I for one am hoping for Sonos support. There is a command line utility called SonoAir, it’s very complicated and not very user friendly, but it shows integration should theoretically be possible. A working Sonos solution would make me very happy!
Gunnar says:February 18th, 2016 at 6:03 pm
One question before I upgrade.
Is it possible to send one stream to AirPlay and Bluetooth devices at the same time?
Or do you need to stick with one protocol at a time?
Paul Kafasis says:February 18th, 2016 at 6:12 pm
Jim: Thanks! As for Chromecast support, we’re already investigating that, but it didn’t make it for 5.0 Stay tuned for news on that front.
Carter: As others noted, no. We’re charging $15 for a new version of the product (this is not a “service”, but a product). Your existing product continues to work just fine. We expect (and have clearly seen) that users will be excited about new functionality. Adding new features, and charging an additional amount to use those features? That’s perfectly fair.
David: Thanks for the kind words, and glad you got six years out of Airfoil 4. Here’s to many more years of audio streaming!
EastAndrew: Thanks for the praise!
Oli: Chromecast support is under investigation, so stay tuned.
As for Sonos, however, I can’t say that’s likely. Your best bet there is to add one AirPlay device, as described by Sonos here: http://www.sonos.com/airplay
Gunnar: You can send to any combination of outputs, all in sync. Download the trial and check it out!
Jeremy says:February 18th, 2016 at 8:50 pm
What happened to the Airfoil Video Player? For my purposes, we have one Mac connected to a TV… Everyone in our room can watch the movie and have audio pushed to Airfoil Speakers without having to interrupt anyone not wanting to hear the audio.
There was always latency with everything except Netflix. Not sure what you did differently for Netflix, but it was pretty much right in sync.
The audio-only thing is great, don’t get me wrong, but what can you do to make situations like a “movie theatre” more of a reality?
Jon says:February 18th, 2016 at 11:49 pm
Your statement “Your existing product continues to work just fine” is misleading. There was no clear warning that my paid version would be replaced with a trial mode of the new version. I would not have upgraded had this been clear.
Overriding my paid version with a new trial version, no matter how many new features you include, is a terrible business practice. As such, I will no longer support your product or your company.
Paul Kafasis says:February 19th, 2016 at 1:23 am
Jeremy: Unfortunately, Airfoil Video Player is no longer part of Airfoil, and Airfoil is simply not recommended for use with local video and remote audio.
Please see this page for more details: http://rogueamoeba.com/support/knowledgebase/?showArticle=AVP-Deprecated You can continue to use Airfoil Video Player for the time being, but I’m afraid it’s no longer a supported use case for the app.
Jon: Let’s hang on a second here, because this is very important. Airfoil absolutely, unequivocally, 100% should not overwrite itself with the trial mode of the new version. We specifically keep Airfoil 4 (and lower) from reporting the new version in its version update check. If you have Airfoil 4, it will report 4.9.2 is the latest, specifically so your paid version doesn’t get overwritten.
Now, if you downloaded Airfoil 5 manually from our site, and then copied it on top of Airfoil 4 in the Finder, then yes, you’ll have deleted the old version. We really have no way to prevent that. However, we always make older versions available, via our Legacy page:
We have no desire to trick anyone into upgrading, and we specifically engineer things so that it’s not possible. The only way for Airfoil 5 to replace Airfoil 4 is if you do it manually. If you do, and wish to revert to Airfoil 4, we make that easy as well.
If you’ve seen something else, we definitely want to know about it, so we can fix it. Get in touch: https://rogueamoeba.com/support/supportRequest.php
Mark says:February 19th, 2016 at 3:54 am
Awesome update for the Mac and IOS. Especially like moving sync out of debug mode to the advanced speaker options, and making the sliders big enough to use!
For those complaining about a $15 upgrade and think they are entitled to everything in life for free, maybe they should drink a glass of whine and go vote for Bernie
Gunnar says:February 19th, 2016 at 3:59 am
Thank you for the reply.
I will update indeed. This is a feature I would emphasize, I think it’s quite huge!
Rahim says:February 19th, 2016 at 6:56 am
I’m also eagerly anticipating the addition Google Cast Audio support, that would be a great enhancement.
Are there any plans to port Airfoil Satellite to Android? My interest is motivated more by improving on what Airfoil Commander offers as an Airfoil remote there.
Thanks for the hard work!
Wugger says:February 19th, 2016 at 9:47 am
Does Airfoil 5 work with the old “Airfoil Speakers” app for iOS?
The only device I want to broadcast to is running iOS 6 and can’t run Airfoil Satellite.
Paul Kafasis says:February 19th, 2016 at 10:42 am
Mark: Thanks for the kind words! As for the upgrade, there will always be some folks upset about having to pay more money for new features, but as you obviously understand, we need to be able to earn enough to keep the software alive. We certainly try to be fair to both sides, and we’re confident we’ve done so.
Gunnar: We’ll see where we can emphasize that – thanks!
Rahim: Stay tuned for news on Chromecast. As for Android, we don’t have a definite date or timeline, but we do plan to bring the new Airfoil Satellite to Android, yes. Stay tuned on that as well!
Wugger: Absolutely – Airfoil 5 will still send to the old Airfoil Speakers Touch, specifically so users like you can use old iOS devices as audio receivers.
Darius says:February 19th, 2016 at 10:46 am
Wow, I am amazed by the sense of entitlement by some people in this thread.
This is an app. From time to time, developers release major updates for apps and have the right to charge for them. How else do you expect them to make a living?
To Paul and the team, you certainly have my support. Thanks for the hard work, and congratulations on another great release!
Eric says:February 19th, 2016 at 12:42 pm
Jon – you are an idiot for overwriting your own copy – don’t blame someone else for your mistakes. YOU had to click ok to overwrite – no reps from Rouge Amoeba made you do it. Either way, the app is a measly $15 upgrade – just pay for it, enjoy the massive upgrade and stop complaining.
Now, on to the real reason for the comment – 5.0 IS AMAZING!!! thank you so much for adding bluetooth to the mix, such a great & needed feature!!! I’ve The speaker groups works flawless & has been a nice touch to my whole house configuration. I could not be happier with this update – keep up the great work!!!
Justin says:February 19th, 2016 at 1:07 pm
Nice upgrade! Add me to the list of users requesting Chromecast support. It’s just cheaper to scatter a bunch of Chromecast receivers around the house than Airplay-enabled receivers.
Jeff says:February 19th, 2016 at 3:34 pm
This is amazing, I have been waiting patiently since your last blog post! I’ve been running it all morning and can say it’s working flawlessly– way better than Airfoil 4. The way I can both receive audio and control it from my iOS device is so much better than Reemote or AF Remote ever were! For people complaining about cost, let me just explain a simple fact: there’s no cheaper way on the planet to use a mac as a media hub to replicate a system costing tens to hundreds of times more than with Airfoil. I have better fine tuning ability than some friends with Savant and Crestron systems, and now with Satellite it gets even better. One thing I’d love to see you guys do is work with iRule out of Detroit and get a module so I can just drop in a tiny Satellite interface into my custom remotes. That would be legitimately killer. If I can help test or develop I’m in. You guys worked in so many cool little details on this release, like even scrolling over the level of audio on a speaker with my magic mouse and the volume going up and down. Incredible work Paul and team!
A couple small issues I’ve had so far:
• ID tags/images aren’t updating properly in Satellite.
• I can’t resize the main window of the app.
David says:February 19th, 2016 at 5:33 pm
Well done. I especially like the longer volume sliders. Thanks and here’s $15.
Paul Kafasis says:February 19th, 2016 at 5:52 pm
Darius: Thank you for the kind words. As for the upgrade charge, as mentioned, we can’t please everyone, all the time. Hopefully, we’re pleasing most folks!
Eric: We certainly appreciate the support and kind words. It’s very gratifying to hear from satisfied users!
Please, let’s keep it civil, though. As far as just paying, we honestly don’t want that. If Airfoil 4 is working well enough, there’s no need to upgrade unless the user wants to. That’s why we don’t overwrite the existing version, and it’s why we provide Legacy versions.
Justin: Stay tuned for news on that front!
Jeff: Thanks so much for the kind words – we’ll see where we go from 5.0. We’re certainly not done yet.
As far as the issues you’re seeing, definitely get in touch via email.
David: Thank you for the support!
Kieran Melroe, Audiophile says:February 19th, 2016 at 7:31 pm
I’m a homeowner with wall or ceiling-mounted speakers in every room/zone of my house including back yard. Airfoil is the backbone of my audio network, and I couldn’t do what I do without it.
As a rule of thumb, homeowners should never run audio and digital cables near each other. Using Airfoil lets me use my existing house-wide network of grounded steel conduit (containing ethernet) to send audio **digitally**, to the various zones in my house. Airport extremes then translate the digital audio to analog sound without causing interference or requiring me to run separate conduit lines for analog cables. A single MacPro in my home’s server room controls my entire airfoil network, which is in turn controlled by AirfoilRemote+AppleRemote on my iPhone. Thus, using Airfoil, all zones of my house can be controlled from my iPhone. Airfoil is by far the most important 3rd-party software in my arsenal of home entertainment utilities.
THANK YOU for moving the sync sliders!
In AF4, we users had to launch Airfoil in debug mode in order to get to the sync adjust interface. One of my rooms has a 5.1 system, so audio is routed as such: network>airport>hardware input switcher>5.1 preamp>amp>speakers. Every other audio zone is just network>airport>amp>speakers. As you can imagine, there is a slight delay in that 5.1 zone caused by the additional devices. It was a hassle having to occasionally relaunch AF in debug mode just to monkey with the sync settings. This was the ONLY thing that I could not directly control from my iPhone. The new accessibility of the Sync sliders is wonderful.
I have been a Rogue Amoeba user since ’07. Keep up the great work guys. Am glad to pay for this upgrade (and future upgrades!) to support continued development.
Aidan says:February 19th, 2016 at 9:14 pm
Guys this is brilliant, addition of support for bluetooth speakers is killer. I have many years of happy use of airfoil to deliver whole house audio. I’m more than happy to pay to upgrade, I believe your software will be 100% worth it.
That being said I’m a little confused. I purchased a Windows & Mac bundle licence, is it $15 to upgrade the bundle or $15 for Windows and another $15 for Mac versions?
Keep up the great work!
Josh says:February 19th, 2016 at 9:59 pm
Thanks for making great software that continually works well and makes my home full of music.
I am glad to read posts like “backwards compatible” because too often I’m seeing perfectly good hardware (iphone anybody?) go to waste after bloatware software updates and programmed obsolescence.
$15 dollars to upgrade something I use daily? Let me see….DONE!
Sending Love to all you Software Engineers.
Lincoln says:February 19th, 2016 at 10:25 pm
I am looking forward to trying Airfoil 5, which I plan to upgrade to from 4. One feature that would be amazing: the ability to stream to both Wifi and Bluetooth at the same time, from different apps. Then I could stream soft white noise to our kids’ room’s bluetooth speaker while my partner and I listen to music from the main Wifi speaker system.
Mark says:February 20th, 2016 at 12:58 am
I’ve been using AirFoil 4 almost every day for 4 years now. This update is fantastic and I’m more than happy to pay $15 for it. Excellent work, Rogue Amoeba!
Kyle says:February 20th, 2016 at 2:34 am
I first purchased AirFoil back in June, 2010. AirFoil is one of those rare applications I’m happy to purchase upgrades for every time. My mid-2010 Macbook Pro doesn’t support AirPlay natively and AirFoil fills that gap flawlessly. Keep up the great work, guys! Rogue Amoeba, you ROCK!
Jari says:February 20th, 2016 at 5:25 am
A vote for Chromecast support
cbmainz says:February 20th, 2016 at 7:55 am
But some iOS apps have problems with connection to Airfoil Satellite on may Mac.
Andreas says:February 20th, 2016 at 9:57 am
Hello Paul and Team, you really did a great job with the Mac Version , and yes Accessibility with VoiceOver screenreader is really nice! (hope you could also do something for the blind guys stuck to Windows machines, I heard accessibility in Win is more an issue than on the Mac). And the Bluetooth is doing fine, reviving my little Jambox in the bathroom into a multiroom-speaker.
Would be nice , if one could stream from more than one audio-sorce at the timne , e. g. from miniradio.app to speakker in livingroom and bath, and at the same time audio from VLC to speaker in the kitchen. Could you not use your experience from AudioHijack or loopback smile do do taht . And building speaker groups , if I have a pair of identical Airplay or Bluetooth speakers wuld be nice to set them up as a grup , but divided into a stereo pair, one routet with left and one with right channel audio , so one can make sense of a grup as a nice stereo setup.
But for now: great job and as I know you there will be something behind the nex corner smile Greetings Andi
JohnT says:February 20th, 2016 at 10:38 am
I’d gladly pay for an upgrade to someone who does good work. I’ve paid a lot of money for bad hacked apps because I need the features and there isn’t much choice.
Rogue Amoeba does good work.
Paul Kafasis says:February 20th, 2016 at 12:09 pm
Kieran Melroe, Audiophile: Thank you for the kind words – we’re glad we can assist. Tell your friends!
Aidan: Each platform has a new version, and each does need a paid upgrade. If you contact us via email, we can get you sorted quickly.
Josh: We’re glad to be able to assist. Keeping Airfoil working with old receivers is just good business, really, but it feels good too! Lots of folks have otherwise-obsolete hardware, and we can help make it useful once again. That’s a win all around.
Lincoln: Airfoil started doing 1-1 sending, that is 1 source to 1 output. Later (version 2 and up) we added 1-N sending: 1 source, N outputs. That now includes Bluetooth, and hopefully in the future, Chromecast.
But we have always lacked (and still lack) N-N: multiple sources, multiple outputs. There’s long been a small number of people asking for this, and it’s always been something we’ve considered. Thus far, however, it’s never bubbled up our list. We’ll see what happens in the future though – it’s always under consideration.
Mark: Thank you for the kind words! Glad we can help you almost every day!
Kyle: Glad we can assist you, and thanks for the kind words!
Jari: Stay tuned for more news on that front.
cbmainz: Please get in touch with us direct via email, right here so we can best assist you.
Andreas: Thanks for the kind words – unfortunately, accessibility on the Windows side is a lot more difficult. Apple does an excellent job of making it possible for Mac developers to make things accessible, and Windows doesn’t quite match that.
As far as N-N streaming, as mentioned above, it’s something we’re always considering. We’ll see what happens. Making a stereo group is a very interesting idea as well! As always, stay tuned for updates.
JohnT: Ah, thank you! We certainly try, and try to be fair to both our customers and ourselves. Judging by the overwhelming majority of reactions, we’ve succeeded!
Mayhem says:February 20th, 2016 at 2:01 pm
Would you pretty please get Spotify album artwork working again already?
Assumedly the blame is all on Spotify for breaking it on their end but it’s been several years now and clearly they don’t intend to fix it. Surely Spotify is one of the most used apps together with Airfoil and worth the time for a manual workaround.
Fetching the artwork is pretty simple. If I could do it in AppleScriptObjC for the Notification Center hack I’m putting together, it shouldn’t take you many minutes to put in. Let me know if you need the technical details.
Robby says:February 20th, 2016 at 2:34 pm
Three cheers guys! No hesitation to upgrade since last time I paid you for your hard work was 2011.
I’m loving the new UI, eq preset saving and bluetooth support!! I’ve deleted AF Remote on iOS since it’s no longer compatible. I appreciate one less app on my screen too!
And I can’t wait to hear about possible Chromecast support!!!! <—- +1
-Could we get a group volume slider (Desktop and iOS) and a master slider on iOS (useful when linked to system volume)?
-Is it not possible to simulate the Apple keyboard play/pause, skip/previous buttons and send those commands to 3rd party apps at all? I have some apps that will respond to the Apple keyboard buttons as long as it's the most recent music app switched to. Examples are SoundCleod, Sonos.
Again, thanks so much!
Adam says:February 20th, 2016 at 6:09 pm
This upgrade was absolutely perfect. I know the sync feature was available as a debugging measure on the old versions, but having it as a dedicated feature on the new version is HUGE for my system (lots of latency-inducing hardware over here). It seems much more stable as well.
I am very happy to have paid for this upgrade, and to continue to support the company making this ever-improving software that has saved me TONS of money and time for full-house audio. I would like to add that all of the upgrade prompts i saw clearly mentioned that it was a paid upgrade and there was clearly no intent to fool anyone into upgrading.
Paul Kafasis says:February 21st, 2016 at 1:18 am
Mayhem: We’re actually still in contact with folks at Spotify, and they’ve made additional changes to their forthcoming updates which should restore album artwork. That said, I’m certainly curious what method you’re using. Get in touch via email.
Robby: Thanks for the kind words.
Group volume sliders is something we’ll have to consider for the future. As far as Apple keyboard buttons go, some apps hack this, but it’s not at all supported by Apple, and it’s prone to breaking. It’s not something we’re willing to hack in.
As always, stay tuned for more updates!
Adam: Glad we can provide a useful tool and help you save money as well!
Gary says:February 21st, 2016 at 6:36 am
Long-time Airfoil user, and I’m glad to upgrade! Paul and team, I can see where the concern is about overwriting a previous version of Airfoil. Typically, when a user has Airfoil on their machine, the folder the app and supporting material is in is named ‘Airfoil’.
When the update to version 5 is downloaded, that folder is also named ‘Airfoil’. When downloading, you are prompted on whether you want to replace the old version with the new version. The typical reaction is to click the button that overwrites, thus possibly overwriting the old, working version with the new, trial version.
When I noticed this, I stopped the download of the new version and changed the folder name of my ‘old’ version to ‘Airfoil 4’ and then restarted the download process for Airfoil 5. When the download completed, I changed the folder name on that one from ‘Airfoil’ to ‘Airfoil 5’.
Now both versions can live happily ever after until I’m ready to delete the old version.
I hope this helps!
Jon says:February 21st, 2016 at 11:26 am
For Windows or Mac+Windows bundle users, see the bug discussed and workaround posted on the Windows version blog comments.
Gary – good catch. That’s what I suspected on my Windows machine and reinstalled the legacy version to a unique folder. Everything seems to be working as it should with that workaround.
Ed says:February 21st, 2016 at 11:38 am
I look forward to upgrading once Chromecast audio support is added.
Lennart says:February 21st, 2016 at 12:15 pm
Great upgrade folks! Run iPhone towards MacMini with Airfoil5 and Airfoil Satellite5.
I stream from my iPhone Spotify App.
Each time I make an adjustment on the iPhone in the Airfoil Satellite App, the ongoing stream halts and I have to press play again i Spotify.
Is there no way of keeping the stream going and adjusting the individual speakers volume from the Airfoil Satellite App without having to press play again ??
Dom says:February 21st, 2016 at 2:46 pm
Great software. Enthusiastic long time user here. The custom EQ presets are very welcome.
It would be great if individual speakers, or the new speaker groups could be equalised separately. Each room is different and needs its own EQ. The advantage of using these kind of streaming systems is that the amplifiers can be very simple and don’t have their own EQ anymore.
Gonzalo says:February 21st, 2016 at 4:41 pm
Awesome product. I don’t necessarily need all the new features, but I am happy to pay for the upgrade. Just curious: Your blogpost says that “With Airfoil 5, you can stream a single application’s audio to a Bluetooth device (or multiple Bluetooth devices!), and keep the rest of your audio on your Mac.”. How can you stream to multiple Bluetooth devices at the same time? Or is there something else I am missing here?
Tom says:February 21st, 2016 at 11:48 pm
Thanks for the continuous awesomeness since the last time you asked for cash from me.. back in 2010! Apple’s built in airplay can’t seem to cope with keeping even 2 devices in sync, so that’s 6 years of avoiding unintentional dub reverb mixes. Go you.
Peter says:February 22nd, 2016 at 12:45 pm
Thanks for continuing to support this great software.
Question: I have the “Family Pack” license for Airfoil that allows for up to 5 users in a single household. If I go ahead with the upgrade to Airfoil 5, does that mean I can have those multiple users using the upgraded version? Or will the license be downgraded to a single-user version?
Tim says:February 22nd, 2016 at 1:44 pm
Rogue Amoeba, you complete me!
This update along with AirFoil Satellite gives me what I have been wanting forever; the ability to play to all my speakers Airplay AND Bluetooth and control the entire home playing experience using my phone… Apple Remote + Airfoil Speakers + Bluetooth = ❤️
Paul Kafasis says:February 22nd, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Gary: Well, it’s not merely on downloading. The issue occurs if a user moves the new Airfoil into the same location of the old one. The Finder will ask if you want to overwrite it, and of course, some folks will choose Yes, then later want to get their old version back. There’s only so much we can do to prevent the issue, but even if it does occur, we provide Legacy downloads for just this reason.
But yes, renaming the old application to Airfoil 4 is a fine way to have it exist side-by-side with Airfoil 5!
Jon: On Windows, running two versions side-by-side is definitely not recommended, and may lead to issues. On the Mac, everything is self-contained, so Airfoil 4 and Airfoil 5 can happily co-exist.
Ed: Stay tuned for more news soon.
Lennart: This is a known issue with Airfoil Satellite 1.1, and one we’re working on correcting for the next update. Stay tuned for more.
Dom: Separate EQs for each output is something we’ve long considered. We’ll see what happens in the future.
Gonzalo: To stream to multiple outputs at once with Airfoil, you just click the Transmit button next to each output. You can send to multiple AirPlay devices, multiple Bluetooth devices, or any combination of the two.
Tom: Glad we can assist!
Peter: You just need to purchase one upgrade, and you’ll be set for the whole house. Enjoy!
Tim: So glad to assist. You’ll likely want to be sure you’re using Airfoil Satellite (the latest) rather than Airfoil Speakers though!
Thomas says:February 23rd, 2016 at 1:18 am
did the AirFoil Apple Script API changed from 4 to 5? I use a lot of Apple Scripts to control Aifroil for my smart home.
Robert says:February 23rd, 2016 at 1:20 am
is the a change that you also support Google Cromecast with Airfoil (I know the name no longer fits all)?`
Paul Kafasis says:February 23rd, 2016 at 1:32 pm
Thomas: I don’t believe anything changed there. You can of course download the Airfoil 5 trial and test it out before you buy, to confirm everything you’ve got still works.
Robert: As noted in a few comments above, we’ve been working on Chromecast support for some time. It didn’t make the cut for Airfoil 5, but we hope to support it in the future.