The perfect example is Airdrop, iOS and OS X’s nifty sharing feature. But for whatever the reason, Airdrop does not yet work between Mac and iPhone and iPad. Mac to Mac? Yes. But only newer Macs. iPhone to iPad? Yes. What about sending audio from an app on your Mac to Apple TV? Or, to Airport Express? Here’s how.
Unfoiled By Airfoil
Apple seems to be getting itself together and making sure features work seamlessly between devices, but here’s something you can do on your Mac that the Mac does not do well.
Airfoil is one of those unique Mac utilities that bridges the gaps where Apple prefers never to tread. Or, takes a few years to get there.
All Airfoil does is send any audio from apps on your Mac to Apple TV, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs, and even AirPort Express.
Any audio? Pretty much. Send the output from Pandora to your Apple TV or to speakers hooked up to AirPort Express. If the device uses AirPlay, you’re good to go.
There’s not a lot of bells and whistles built in to Airfoil. Install, set it up, select the source and destination, and, well, that’s almost it. Almost. Airfoil lets iOS devices send audio to your Mac.
Controls are simple, too.
Airfoil even sends audio from your Mac to multiple sources in your home or office– all at the same time, in sync sound.
It’s a great way to get online music services to play on multiple AirPlay devices– Rdio, Pandora, Spotify, et al, because iTunes is all that works with Apple TV.
Alright, that’s a quick look at the basics. The best way to see what Airfoil does is to hear what Airfoil does on your Mac. Download the trial version to see how it fits in your Mac, Apple TV, AirPort Express operation. Airfoil is simple, clever, and highly flexible.