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Rogue Amoeba Brings Native Apple TV Compatibility Back to Airfoil ➝

Paul Kafasis, writing on the Rogue Amoeba weblog:

We’ve got a great update for Airfoil for Mac today which enables it to once again send audio directly to all versions of the Apple TV. Airfoil for Mac 5.6 is a free update, available immediately by selecting “Check for Update” from the Airfoil menu.

I’m impressed with how quickly the folks at Rogue Amoeba were able to release this update. It’s only been a month since they were forced to release Airfoil Speakers for Apple TV as a workaround to tvOS 10.2’s new AirPlay requirements.

Rogue Amoeba Releases Airfoil Satellite TV for the Apple TV ➝

John Voorhees, on Airfoil Satellite TV:

The app, which can receive an audio stream from Airfoil for macOS, is available as a free download on the Apple TV App Store. When you open Airfoil Satellite TV on your Apple TV, a new audio destination appears in Airfoil on your Mac named ‘Airfoil Satellite on [Your Apple TV Name].’ Pick that destination and music starts streaming from your Mac to your Apple TV.

Airfoil for the Mac was able to send audio to the Apple TV until last month when tvOS 10.2 broke compatibility. With version 10.2, tvOS requires any device attempting to send media over AirPlay to authenticate itself with an automatically generated on-screen passcode or a user-created password. This functionality is already built into Apple’s software, but third-party apps like Airfoil are being forced to find workarounds.

The good news is that Rogue Amoeba, the developers of Airfoil, are hard at work on an update that will allow you to stream audio to your Apple TV without the use of Airfoil Satellite TV. They haven’t revealed how this will work in detail, but my guess is that they’ve found a way to authenticate Airfoil with the Apple TV using a user-created password in the AirPlay settings.

Rogue Amoeba Releases Airfoil 5.0 ➝

Paul Kafasis, writing on Rogue Amoeba’s weblog:

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.

I was always a huge fan of Airfoil. But after purchasing a Jawbone Jambox, I didn’t have much use for it. This update might get me back on board.

High Profile Developers Abandoning the iPhone

Shortly after Apple enabled status tracking for iPhone application approval, a couple of high profile developers left the platform.

Developer of Facebook for the iPhone, Joe Hewitt speaking with TechCrunch:

My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s policies. I respect their right to manage their platform however they want, however I am philosophically opposed to the existence of their review process.

It’s ironic that Hewitt works for Facebook, which happens to be one of the biggest walled gardens around, but his opinion is still valid.

The second developer is actually Rogue Amoeba, a software company that makes several popular Mac applications. Rogue Amoeba introduced Airfoil Speakers Touch 7 months ago, I’ve used the app since then and it has become one of my essential applications.

It turns out that version 1.0.1 of Airfoil Speakers Touch had been submitted to Apple back in July. Between then and its eventual approval, almost four months and three rejections took place. Apple rejected the application due to the use of “Apple Logo and Apple-owned Graphic Symbols,” referring to the icons used and picture of the Mac that audio was streaming from. The application itself didn’t contain pictures of Apple computers or images of the icons, instead that information was sent over the network from the computer and simply displayed in Airfoil Speakers Touch.

To get the application approved Rogue Amoeba had to do the following:

Now, when you receive audio on Airfoil Speakers Touch, you’ll see a generic computer screen, not your specific Mac. Further, if you’re receiving audio from an Apple app, such as Safari, QuickTime Player, or iTunes, you’ll see this:

Airfoil Speakers Touch - EFF

If you tap the artwork in Airfoil Speakers Touch, you’ll be taken to this page, providing a pithier summary of the situation. Is it likely to change anything? Probably not. But it was the only way we could remove this functionality and still sleep at night.

This clearly isn’t the best design choice, but what were they supposed to do, they had to ship the bug fix. Currently, Rogue Amoeba has no plans to develop additional iPhone applications, and who can blame them?

Update 11/24/09: Version 1.0.2 of Airfoil Speakers Touch restores the icons that Apple rejected the application over.

Update 11/26/09: BusinessWeek’s Interview with Phil Schiller

Rogue Amoeba Introduces Airfoil Speakers Touch for the iPhone ➝

Airfoil Speakers TouchAirfoil is an amazing application by Rogue Amoeba, it allows you to send audio to AirPort speakers from any application you wish. I’ve been using Airfoil ever since I purchased my AirPort Express, but have been dreaming of a day when I could send audio from Airfoil to my iPhone. You see, Rogue Amoeba also makes an application called Airfoil Speakers that allows you to use that as a destination for audio through Airfoil, just install Airfoil speakers on a computer within the same network and it becomes an destination for audio from Airfoil.

Airfoil Speakers has been available for Windows, Mac, and Linux but now Airfoil Speakers is available for the iPhone and iPod touch as well. I haven’t spent too much time with the app but I already know that I love it.

It is a very simple app, all the control you really have access to is volume. All of the audio source control is on the computer that is sending the audio.

What is really great about this app is that I can now open up Twit Live in Firefox and send the audio to my Apple TV, my AirPort Express, my iPhone connected to a speaker dock, and still play the audio through my computer. This is whole home audio at its finest.

Airfoil Speakers Touch is available now and is completely free. You do need Airfoil for the Mac or Windows (available for $25) to use Airfoil Speakers Touch but if you are at all interested in whole home audio you probably already own the app.
Airfoil Speakers Touch Screenshot