Stream Music From Your Computer to Your iPhone with WiFi2HiFi

Today’s iOS devices are direct descendants of Apple’s original iPod line, and the iPhone is perhaps the most popular iPod ever. iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad are all great for playing back music and videos. The only problem is, many of us store much more audio on our Macs and PCs than could fit on a standard iPhone or iPod Touch. Then, streaming audio from Flash-powered sites won’t play back on iOS, no matter how much storage you have. Apple has tried to make a solution with their AirPort Express, but most of us don’t want to pay $99 for a new device just to stream music around your house.

But isn’t your iPhone an internet-connected smart device with a speaker? Seems like you could use it to stream audio from your PC, doesn’t it? There’s no way to do it by default, but thanks to the new WiFi2HiFi app, you can use your iPhone for yet another crazy thing: streaming audio! Paired with a set of speakers or a HiFi dock, you’ve got a full wireless speaker system with just a $0.99 app. Keep reading to see how WiFi2HiFi works and if it’s the app you need to free audio from your computer!

Getting Started

WiFi2HiFi is a great new app that lets you stream any audio from your computer to your iPhone or iPod Touch. You could play back music, audio books, streaming online radio, and more on your Mac or Windows PC, then listen to them anywhere in your house from your iPhone. The iOS app is very simple, with just a volume dial and an audio stream selection.

Wifi2HiFi's interface is streamlined and easy to use

The most important part is the streaming app for your computer. The WiFi2HiFi app for Windows and OS X lets you stream any audio that’s playing on your computer over your WiFi network. You can download the WiFi2HiFi apps from the developer’s site for free, and you’ll find instructions for setting them up on your computer right in the WiFi2HiFi iPhone app. The only thing you’ll need to buy is the $0.99 WiFi2HiFi iOS app.

WiFi2HiFi's help shows how to set it up on your computer

Setup Streaming on Your Computer

Once you’ve installed the WiFi2HiFi Station program on your Mac or PC, it’s easy to start streaming audio. Open the app and enable streaming, then start playing music, internet radio, audio books, or anything else you want to listen to. You should see your iOS device listed in the desktop app, and you can choose to automatically or manually stream your audio.

WiFi2HiFi on a Mac

The Windows app is somewhat more bare-bones, but it still gets the job done fine. Turn the audio streaming on and off from the left button, or change the volume with the slider. If for some reason your iOS device doesn’t automatically show up on the Connections list, you can enter its IP address directly to connect. To find your iPhone’s IP address, open your WiFi network settings and click the arrow on your current network to get your IP address and more network info.

Wifi2HiFi on a Windows 7 PC

The only problem we hit was with our computer’s audio settings. Wifi2HiFi Station requires your computer’s audio sampling rate to be 16 bit at 44200 Hz. If your settings are different, then you can open your audio properties and change it directly. Also, note that WiFi2HiFi will automatically run when you start your computer. On Windows, you can remove the shortcut from the Startup folder to disable this if you wish.

Your computer's audio needs to be set to 16 bit at 44100Hz for WiFi2HiFi to stream your audio

WiFi2HiFi on iOS

Back on your iPhone or iPod Touch, make sure you’ve got WiFi2HiFi running and are connected to the same WiFi network that your computer is connected to. Then, as soon as your computer starts streaming audio, your iOS device will pick it up. You’ll see quick info about your streaming quality with the WLAN light; green shows a good connection, while orange or red show worse connections. The OUT light is lit if you’re connected to a speaker dock or headphones.

Then, you can control the volume with the realistic looking volume dial. You can spin it or tap one of the dots to jump to a standard volume level. WiFi2HiFi actually controls your iOS volume directly, so if you turn the streaming music down your main device sound will turn down, too.

The audio dial works just like a mechanical one on a stereo and controls your iOS volume

If you have multiple computers on your WiFi network, you can stream audio from all of them to your iPhone and then choose the stream you want to listen to. Tap the i button to open the app’s preferences, where you’ll be able to select the audio stations and get more info about the app.

Each computer will be listed by its IP address, so just tap the one you want and seconds later you’ll be able to hear the audio stream. It’ll play right from the Stations list, so you can make sure you’ve got the one you want before going back to the main screen.

Choose from multiple streams if you have WiFi2HiFi on several computers

Getting Help

WiFi2HiFi worked seamlessly in our tests, and the streamed audio sounded beautiful. It even works in the background, so you can listen to streaming music while using other apps. The only odd thing is the constant 3 second delay, but that’s what keeps the audio coming through clear without stutters. If you do hit a snag, you’ll find a fairly detailed FAQ in the settings pane. It also includes a few examples of how you can put the app to use.

Get quick answers and find ways to use WiFi2HiFi

Conclusion

I’ve often wanted a way to stream audio throughout my house, but never could decide to pay for a dedicated set of wireless speakers. Now, though, with my iPod Touch and a cheap set of portable speakers, I can play anything I want anywhere around my house. For just $0.99, that’s not too bad of a deal. WiFi2HiFi solves the streaming audio problem in an elegant and simple fashion, and if you’re been wanting a way to stream music and more in your home or office, this just might be the solution you need!


Summary

Want to stream music and audio from your computer without an AirPort Express? WiFi2HiFi makes it easy to stream high quality audio from your Mac or PC directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch without much fuss.

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  • http://Studentmacreviews.com Phillip

    Home sharing. Done and free.

    • Hiiii davidson

      Hallo

      • http://www.prime-vision.net Philipp gartlehner

        Hey guys.

        You hate all the kommerzial iphone apps wher you must pay a monthly fee or have a limit.

        I hate all of these guys who made things so expensive! I mean all the music stream iphone applications.

        AppStore: “YouTune” check out this new software for the iphone.
        Millions of song streamed to your iPhone for only 1,99$ || released 13.Jan 2012. || no In-App purchase!

        Over 128kbit/s bitrate, real mp3 streaming. 100% of oll songs you know are availible.
        Perfect designed with the best iphone graphic you ever seen.

        It will HIT the app store!

  • Kayjay

    OK, but it costs $2.99 now.

  • Az

    “There’s no way to do it by default” – it’s called Home Sharing – I know this feature is new but do some research! http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3819

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Actually, when I started the review, it wasn’t out yet. So that has changed it a bit since then, but it’s still useful for streaming audio from other programs on a computer.

  • balloo

    Home sharing only works for iTunes, WifFi2HiFi works for any music program

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      That’s right. For me, I liked the app to stream a Windows Media based online radio station to my iPod Touch in the kitchen. Works great, and is one of the few ways to do this on iOS device.

  • Kevin

    Is there a way to do the opposite? stream audio from iphone to PC and play through the PC sound system. I have media center PC hooked up to home theater. It would be nice to be able to control napster or rhapsody from iphone and have the audio go to the home theater .

  • Kannon

    iTunes home sharing works really well. The UI appears exactly as if it was the native iPod UI.

  • tim

    With Home Sharing you cant play Spotify, Amazon Cloud Player, Grooveshark aso.

    With WiFi2HiFi you can

  • DaveD

    when is wifi2hifi going to support windows 7 64-bit?

  • Mario Carta

    Does it works with Lion?

    • Mario Carta

      Took my chances and bought. Works fine with Lion until now.

  • budz

    only inside ur home?how about via 3G streaming?

  • culdesac

    I will buy it when it will works with linux…

  • deon

    i bought this app works , but how do i allow more than one iphone or ipod to attach to the pc , cant seem to get it right

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