We've all been there... it's Tuesday night, you're in bed, your wife is asleep, but you've really got a hankering for some Iron Eagle. Unfortunately, your wife doesn't understand the integral part the rock ballads play in Doug Master's intense training or daring rescue mission at the end of the film. Enter Airfoil...
Airfoil is a software app that runs on a Windows or Mac computer which can send the audio from your computer to several other network devices, such as another computer, an iPhone or Airport Express device. The interface is very simple. You choose the application with the audio you want to send elsewhere, and then select the device you want to send it to. The "broadcast" app is $25, but the software for the "receiving" devices is free. In my case, I load up Iron Eagle on my Mac in Airfoil's integrated Video Player (Airfoil' includes a video player which will sync up the video and audio due to the delay in encoding and broadcasting the audio), and then send the audio to my iPhone. Now I can listen to the movie audio in bed with headphones while watching the movie on the bedroom TV. Now the biggest risk to my wife's sleep is when I spontaneously start shouting "USA! USA!" when "Chappy's" voice comes cracking in over the radio after we all thought he'd been shot down.
It does take a little creativity to get things all hooked up in a way that enables you to maximize the effectiveness of the Airfoil app, but it's definitely worth it. It's also a great way to send music from one computer to speakers throughout your house.
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