I’d like to thank Ben for loaning me his Apple TV at a good time. The folks behind Airfoil, which I’ve never heard of until today, just released an application update that streams any audio from a Mac or Windows PC to Apple TV (or other Macs, PCs, and Airport Expresses, too). In under a minute I easily linked the Airfoil software to Firefox and was listening to XM Online and Pandora via Apple TV.
Streaming media to set-top boxes isn’t new – in fact, I wrote an Engadget article covering a convoluted TiVo music streaming method two years ago and have used Connect360 to play Mac content on my Xbox 360. However, like Connect360, what makes Airfoil notable is it’s simplicity.
Airfoil is available as a free demo (which I’m using) limited to 10 minutes of unaltered audio playback or it’ll run you $25 to unlock the app.