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Old 11-18-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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Anything like Airfoil (audio stream util) that can run on Ubuntu

Hey LQ!

Decided to give Ubuntu 8.10 a shot triple booting on my macbook pro so I can learn a bit more about Linux and at least get the basics down, which so far has been incredibly simple.

I use an application all the time in OS X called Airfoil (most of you prob know about it:, which I really liked and was using in conjunction with Airfoil Speakers on my windows gaming box to play music through it's speakers. Is there anything for Linux (Ubuntu specifically)that will work in a similar way to airfoil?

Thanks to all and keep in mind I am a SUPER noob and really know nothing about anything when it comes to command line stuff in Linux!
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Maybe this:

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Old 11-19-2008, 06:04 AM   #3
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That's what I'm using on the PC side, but all Speakers does is recieve. I need something like the main app that can send the audio.

It doesn't need to be EXACTLY the same as Airfoil, even a simpler version of a similiar program will work fine.
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I use raop-play.
I mainly run debian unstable and got it work on my laptop with ubuntu junky ;-) as well ... I run the stand-alone client raop_play, not the alsa device.

I got the sound device to compile with my kernel, however, I never got the alsa sound device to work ... programs complain it is no alsa sound device ...

So what I do is the following:

mkfifo ~/sound.wav
raop_play airport_express_ip ~/sound.wav &
in vlc I set output to the file: ~/sound.wav

Everything I play through vlc now plays on the speakers ... I have to restart both vlc or raop_play about every 5 hours or so, because one of them seems to have a problem after some time (raop disconnects or vlc hangs) ... not really a big issue, though ... I use it all day long every workday ... ;-)

It is more reliable than iTunes, which just stops sending the audio to the airtunes every 5 to 10 songs ... I think my airtunes maybe to blame, but raop manages much longer connections

Have you tried airfoil in wine?


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