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Airfoil for Windows 5.6 Adds Support for Sonos

Airfoil for Windows just got another big update, to version 5.6. This update brings support for the new AirPlay-2 compatible 7.8 firmware for Apple’s AirPort Express.

There’s bigger news than that, however. With this update, Airfoil for Windows can now stream audio to all of Sonos’s AirPlay-compatible devices. That means Airfoil can now help stream audio to even more devices. Whatever mix of AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Chromecast devices you have, Airfoil can help you stream audio to all of them at once.

Sonos’s current lineup of compatible AirPlay Hardware

Currently, Sonos’s AirPlay-compatible hardware lineup is the Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and second-generation Play:5. Of note for Sonos users with older hardware, you need just a single AirPlay-compatible Sonos device to enjoy audio on your entire Sonos system! For full details, see the instructions on this page.

Even More Compatible Devices Coming Soon

With their recent update, Sonos became the first third-party vendor to ship AirPlay 2 compatible speakers, but they won’t be the last. Indeed, updates from Denon, Marantz, and others are now available, and there are many more AirPlay 2 devices coming soon. Much of this hardware is already available for purchase, and firmware updates to enable AirPlay on these devices are due at various points later this year.

More compatible outputs coming soon!

Like the Sonos hardware, these devices are also compatible with Airfoil once their firmware is updated. We’re excited for Airfoil to power audio streaming to even more great hardware!

Get Airfoil for Windows 5.6 Now

With today’s update, Airfoil for Windows supports more outputs than ever before. If you’re new to Airfoil, learn more on its product page. You can download the free trial, then purchase right through our store.

Owners of Airfoil for Windows 5 can update to version 5.6 free of charge, by selecting “Check for Update” from the Airfoil menu. Owners of older versions of Airfoil for Windows are still eligible to upgrade to version 5 at a great discount.

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