Airfoil – Audio throughout my Home

The Problem:
I couldn’t hear my music throughout the apartment anymore because my desk is now in an office, separate from the rest of the apartment. I wander around the apartment a lot, so I wanted a way to be able to listen to my music as I walk between the office and the larger living area.

Details:
I have a Windows PC in my office that has all of my music on it  and I still wanted to control which music is playing from my computer. I play my music using iTunes (are there any better options than iTunes out there?). I have a Mac Mini hooked up to my TV stereo system in the living area of the apartment (the Mini serves as a media center).

AirfoilThe Solution:
It seemed obvious enough that the solution was to get the centrally-located Mini to play the same music that my computer was playing. But how? Well, a program called Airfoil does just that! You have to pay for a license for the computer that sends the audio, but Airfoil Speakers is free for the computers that receive the audio… and it runs on Windows and Mac! Woot!

Thoughts:
I’ve been using Airfoil for a week or two now and I love it! It does exactly what I wanted it to do. The audio output stays in sync, so I can walk from one room to the other without the song jumping. I can also transmit the audio from my computer to multiple output devices (if I wanted to). It doesn’t only work for iTunes, either; I can output the audio from any program I have running. Problem solved! 🙂