First Look: AirPhones Turns Your iPhone Into Wireless Headphones

Sifting through our mountain of new iPhone applications, we found something really cool today. Yesterday the folks at smashart released AirPhones [App Store], a unique app that turns your iPhone into a wireless sound device for your computer. The app itself is fairly straight forward; open it up and sound starts streaming over. A companion app running on your Mac or PC shows up as a sound device which then sends your audio over WiFi to the AirPhones iPhone app.

The cool thing about AirPhones is that it doesn’t just stream audio from a specific application. Because the companion app acts as a sound device, you can stream any audio from your computer. This could be iTunes, a DVD, YouTube videos, you name it. The audio level can be set either from your computer (since it’s an audio device) or from the AirPhones app on your iPhone.

Keep in mind that AirPhones does not have an iTunes controller built in. It’s set up to simply stream audio from your computer.

Because it requires the companion desktop app, it just streams audio from Intel Macs. They plan to bring the desktop portion to Windows and PowerPC Macs soon. Linux users will likely have to wait even longer. Check out AirPhonesApp.com for more info on that.

AirPhones is available now for $4.99 in the App Store [App Store]. We’ve tried it and really like it so far. We’ll have a full review up soon.

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