This question is a duplicate, I know.

Duplicate: Send audio output of MacBook to iPhone for remote listening

However the age of this question and answer is about 5 years. Mac OS and iOS updates change and so do software.

The question is again, how could I output my audio from my mac to my iPhone or iPad? The App Airfoil was suggested in the the question above however I'm sure there are better or newer alternatives.

I did check https://alternativeto.net/software/airfoil/ however I don't know how reliable this site is.

My preference of method would be over WiFi, or USB connection but anything is better than nothing.

Detailed Device Specs

iPhone 5s iOS 10.3.3

iPad 3rd Generation iOS 9.3.5

NOTE: as suggested from Streaming iMac's Audio to iPad, this open source alternative was available however it hasn't been updated. https://github.com/trenskow/AirFloat (requires iOS 9.2.1 and self-compiled with Xcode from a Mac)

Macbook Pro Retina (Model 10,1) Mid-2012. macOS Sierra 10.12.6

Even if a suggestion doesn't fit the older models above, they are welcome for others that this may help!

Thank you Ask Different community!

  • I would also love an updated answer. I added a bounty to the question, to hopefully get some attention.
    – Adam_G
    Apr 16, 2019 at 18:28

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I'm wouldn't be so sure there are better alternatives. AirFoil is still updated regularly, and as its a rather rare need to stream from a computer to an iDevice (and not an AppleTV, HomePod, Miracast, Chromecast, Bluetooth speakers), it's a safe a reliable bet. You could also take a look at the AirSquirrels programs, (Reflector, AirParrot, etc.), but I'm not sure they actually do what you want precisely.

  • Yes! I’ve been using Airfoil happily for six years now, with no complaints. It’s regularly updated and works like a charm. @jahhein if you aren’t satisfied with the answer from the previous question, can you explain why?
    – Tuesday
    Apr 22, 2019 at 8:49
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    The major downside to Airfoil is a significant lag, usually about 2 seconds. It doesn't matter for just listening to music, but the audio from Skype or Netflix will be completely out of sync with the video.
    – Adam_G
    Jul 9, 2019 at 16:32
  • Airfoil is only avaiable for Music & Sound, not Video because of the sync problem.
    – kakadais
    Feb 8, 2022 at 3:04

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