Rogue Amoeba Software LLC on Tuesday announced the release of
Airfoil, its software that enables Mac OS X users to send audio from any application to an Apple AirPort Express hub, for playback through their stereo. Airfoil was
first announced in December as “Slipstream.”
AirPort Express is Apple’s miniature US$129 wireless networking hub that features the ability to stream audio from iTunes to a stereo using a technology called AirTunes. Up until now, AirPort Express audio streaming has been limited to iTunes.
With Airfoil installed, Rogue Amoeba said almost any Mac OS X application can stream audio to AirPort Express too — including media players like Windows Media Player, RealPlayer and QuickTime, Safari and more. Airfoil also has the ability to play back audio locally. And it will work with itunes audio that has been enhanced by audio plug-ins, like Octiv’s Volume Logic.
Airfoil costs US$20 for the month of March. Later it will be $25. A free evaluation version is available for download from Rogue Amoeba’s Web site. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3 – 10.3.8.