Apple releases updated Remote app for iOS to coincide with new iTunes 11

Daniel Bader

November 29, 2012 11:17pm

Did you know that you can control your iTunes or Apple TV from your iPhone? Before today I didn’t. Apple has released an updated version of its Remote app, which allows users to pick music albums, add songs to playlists, and generally emulate a full television remote, from your iPhone or iPad.

With version 3.0, Remote for iOS is meant to work better with iTunes 11, which has been released today for Mac and PC. The new iTunes in the Cloud service, which includes better iCloud and iTunes Match support, allows users to stream, rather than download, songs from Apple’s servers. Remote can also operate as a physical cursor for your Apple TV, allowing you to enter text and numbers on your phone or tablet, both of which have real (virtual) keyboards, rather than the time-consuming click-based method on the TV itself.

Remote can also function as an AirPlay intermediary, allowing you to push certain streams to different AirPlay-connected speakers or devices. If you’re entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, it all sounds awfully handy.

Download Remote for iOS.

  • Whoo Daat

    It should be remote Maps lol

  • RockNRoll Will Never Die

    Another ugly interface…overpriced poor songs.
    New music is so bad anyway, get your music on vinyls, listen to real music people!

  • Brad F(anboy)

    Then realize you can now use it to AirPlay your music to multiple speakers around the house at once.

    If only they could make it do that automatically based on your location in the house as determined by some Bluetooth 4 sensors. That would be cool.

  • Crunk

    Anyone else have trouble with Remote Control and Wifi Syncing? Half the time the computer and the phone can’t discover each other.

    I can’t figure out whether it’s because my wifi sucks or whether it’s iTunes/Remote Control/Wifi Syncing’s fault. Anyone have answers? Hello? Beuller?

  • John

    Itunes… lol

  • Christmas Daniels

    Oh nice been doing that with my smart glass and Xbox for ever, on all my devices. The only downside is my Xbox also plays games, stores all my media, and gives me access to apps, secondary content on a second screen, and gives me great value for my money. Wish I had Apple T.V. so I could… say I have Apple stuff?