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TuneBlade 1.5.1.0

Stream audio from your PC to any AirPlay-enabled device

by Nick Peers

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License: Function Limited Demo
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit)
Requirements:

Apple Bonjour, .NET Framework (both installed automatically if required)

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 01 May 2016
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Downloads To Date: 3715
Developer: Breakfree Audio
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TuneBlade
Make use of AirPlay from your PC with TuneBlade.

Your PC’s speakers aren’t always the best for listening to your music collection. You can, of course, plug in a pair of new ones, but that costs money and – besides – what if you want to listen to your music in a different room?

These days, you’ll find lots of options for streaming your music collection from one device to another. TuneBlade is another option for Windows users who wish to tap into Apple’s AirPlay streaming function, letting you stream to both hardware like the Apple TV or an AirPlay-enabled speaker as well as software, namely XBMC and ShairPort.

Once installed, the utility sits in your system tray. It’ll detect any equipment capable of receiving AirPlay on your network and give you the opportunity to pipe your audio to any or all of those devices simultaneously – simply tap the play button to mute your speaker and do so.

This barely scratches the surface of what TuneBlade can do: you can watch video through VLC Media Player while synchronising the audio with your AirPlay device, use a three-bar graphics equalizer to tweak the sound quality, and even adjust the streaming mode to reduce latency or improve performance over slow connections.

By default, TuneBlade uses direct playback, which simply mutes your main speaker before outputting to your AirPlay devices. If you don’t like this – or suffer playback quality issues – you can switch to Virtual Device Loopback instead with the help of a third-party app (two are suggested, one of which is free) to improve things further.

It’s all very polished and works well – so long as your device is visible to Apple’s Bonjour service (installed alongside the program if needed, so you won’t need to install iTunes), it should show up automatically here too.

Note the free version will only play for up to 10 minutes at a time to AirPlay hardware devices, at which point playback is interrupted (there are no limits on how many times you subsequently reconnect). No such restrictions apply when streaming to software. Licenses cost $9.99 per user, which allows you to install and run TuneBlade on up to five PCs you own.

Version 1.5.1.0:
[New Feature] Option to hide any particular receiver from the list.

 

[New Feature] Option to specify any additional delay (upto 500 ms) caused by a DSP or DAC in the receiver output audio chain causing the receiver to be out of sync from the rest of the receivers. TuneBlade will schedule the samples to play early by the configured milliseconds and causing the final output of the receiver to be in sync with other receivers.

[New Feature] Option to save the AirPlay password.

[Bug Fix] An issue causing some non-Apple/MFi receivers including Freebox, ShairPort Sync to not play audio occasionally from TuneBlade has been fixed.

[Improvement] Some significant performance tweaks in the audio capture engine which enables TuneBlade to capture smoothly without glitches under heavy CPU usage.

[Improvement] A new "Apply" button in the settings window.

[Improvement] Naming restrictions on manually added devices has been removed. Any international character or symbols can be used.

Verdict:

Polished, effective, and is a cost-effective alternative to the more expensive AirFoil app for those wishing to stream from PC to AirPlay-enabled devices.

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