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    AirPlay Alternatives

    AirPlay is described as 'lets you stream music throughout your entire house — wirelessly. AirPlay wireless technology will be fully integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon' and is an app in the Audio & Music category. There are more than 10 alternatives to AirPlay for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Android, Mac and iPad. The best alternative is SoundWire, which is free. Other great apps like AirPlay are WiFi Audio Wireless Speaker (Free), Stream What You Hear (Free, Open Source), Gnomecast (Free, Open Source) and Airfoil (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Dec 31, 2020

    1. SoundWire lets you send any music or audio ("what you hear now") from your Windows or Linux PC to your Android mobile devices.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      Utility for turning your Android smartphone or tablet into a wireless speaker.
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    2. Stream What You Hear (SWYH) is a Windows application to broadcast the sound of your computer (ie: “what you hear”) on an UPnP/DLNA device such as TVs, amps, network receivers, game consoles, etc...
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      About 5 seconds delay but works great. Even works if the streaming PC is muted.
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

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    3. Chromecast local files from Linux - supports MKV, subtitles and 4K!.
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    4. Send any audio to the AirPort Express. Send any audio to AirPort Express units, Apple TVs, and even other Macs and PCs, all in sync! Airfoil for Mac gives you your audio - everywhere.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      Barco’s ClickShare product is a game changing way to collaborate, making meetings more productive, spontaneous and efficient. You can share content from your laptop by simply connecting a USB device and clicking a button.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      MacOS tray app to control Sonos speakers ecosystem.
    5. TuneBlade - Stream audio to Airport Express, Apple TV, AirPlay compatible speakers and HiFi Receivers. Free version limitation: streaming stops every 10 minutes.
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    6. Acoustic Bridge gives you the power to redirect audio from one PC to the speakers of another PC. This enables you to send the sound from a PC with your music collection to any other PC on your network.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Kindle Fire
      Watch the latest news, live sports events, YouTube and music videos on TV. Requires only phone/tablet and an optional connected TV. Supports Samsung TV, LG TV, Sony TV, Apple TV, XBox, Chromecast... and of course your mobile screen.
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