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Airfoil and Chromecast Devices

Update (October 28th, 2016): Airfoil for Mac 5.5 and higher now offer support for Google Chromecast! Read all about it in the Airfoil for Mac 5.5 blog post.

Windows users, stay tuned. We’re hard at work on adding Chromecast support to Airfoil for Windows as well.

Airfoil and ChromecastSince Google introduced their first Chromecast device, we’ve been receiving requests for Airfoil to support sending audio to this hardware. While initially the devices were heavily focused on video, recent updates, including the new Chromecast for Audio, made this a better fit.

At the end of last year, we began research on enabling Airfoil to send audio to Chromecast devices. We’re now wrist-deep in code to implement support for streaming via the Chromecast (v2) protocol. We’ve got the basic groundwork laid, but there’s still a lot more to do. We need to sort out all the intricacies of a new protocol, integrate it with Airfoil’s existing user interface, and make it robust enough to ship out. The final product is still some time off, but given the high demand we’ve seen for Chromecast support, we wanted to let you know that we’re actively working on it. When this work is finally ready, we plan to include it in a free update to Airfoil 5.

For now, you can use the newest updates to Airfoil for Mac and Windows to send audio to AirPlay and Bluetooth outputs. To hear more news on both Airfoil’s Chromecast support and other big updates from Rogue Amoeba, subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, or even like us on Facebook. As always, stay tuned!

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