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.
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 computer.2
Powerful Audio Capture Improvements
The audio capture engine used by Airfoil for Windows has been completely rewritten for version 5, and it’s more robust than ever before. It’s now possible to capture audio from any application on-demand, without needing to quit and relaunch that app. As well, the new Airfoil can capture audio from both 32-bit and 64-bit apps, including applications downloaded from the Windows Store! With Airfoil 5, you can stream anything you like.
Team It Up With Airfoil Satellite
Airfoil for Windows 5.0 includes full compatibility with the new Airfoil Satellite applications, available for iOS, Windows, and Mac.3 If you want to hear your computer’s audio on another computer 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 Windows and Airfoil Satellite for Windows 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. 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.
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.
Try Airfoil for Windows 5 Right Now
Use Airfoil to send any audio from your computer throughout your house. Airfoil gives you your audio, everywhere, and the best way to experience it is to try it out yourself. Airfoil for Windows 5.0 is available for immediate download. You can visit the Airfoil for Windows page for more details or just download the free trial immediately. Airfoil works on Windows 7 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 Windows, 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 grandfathered in to version 5. We’ve sent you an email with details, so just check your inbox.
If you previously purchased Airfoil for Windows 3 (or earlier) before November 1st, 2015, you’re eligible to upgrade to version 5 for just $15. Download the new version to try it out, then use our form to access the heavily 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 Windows page, then download it and try it out. Let us know any questions or feedback you have right here.
The most recent version of Airfoil for Windows prior to today was 3.6.7, and now we’re shipping 5.0. That means we skipped Airfoil for Windows version 4 entirely! Microsoft set the precedent of skipping whole version numbers, and we’re just following their lead. In all seriousness though, we wanted to reflect the fact that Airfoil for Windows and Airfoil for Mac now have a nearly identical feature sets, and having the major version number match is one way to emphasize that.
The support for sending to Bluetooth devices in Airfoil for Windows 5.0 is currently labeled as “experimental”. We’ve tested it extensively, and expect it should work well for most users. However, if you run into any issues, please get in touch. We’ve also got some improvements and updates planned to enhance things for users with multiple Bluetooth speakers, so watch for further updates. ↩︎
If you previously used “Airfoil Speakers” on Windows 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. ↩︎