How Do You Remote Control Your Media Center?


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There’s one App I’ve had installed on my iPhone since the beginning that I never used until tonight. My friend Andy was fawning over the Remote App. I hadn’t used it, and he was incredulous. He kept telling me how awesome it was, so I had to check it out.

Be a mobile DJ. With Remote, you can control the music on your computer or Apple TV from your iPod touch or iPhone. Play, pause, skip, shuffle. See your songs, playlists, and album art. Update to iTunes 8 and you can create a Genius playlist or edit an existing playlist. And do it all on your iPod touch or iPhone as if you were right in front of your computer. Remote works with your Wi-Fi network, so you can control playback from anywhere in and around your home.

Setting up Remote is simple and safe. A unique passcode pairs your iPod touch or iPhone with your computer and Apple TV. You already know how to work Remote. It uses the same music playback controls you’re familiar with on iPod touch or iPhone. Tap the Genius icon to create a Genius playlist in your iTunes. Tap Refresh for a different result. Or tap New and get a completely different playlist. With Remote, you can search your entire iTunes music library. Just tap out the name, select the song, and begin playing the music. Now you can edit existing playlists in your iTunes library right from your iPod touch or iPhone. Change the song order with the drag of a finger or delete a song with a tap. It’s your music mixed the way you want it.

Remote lets you control the music on your Apple TV from anywhere in your home. Pause a song from the bedroom. Resume play from the kitchen. And enjoy total remote control. There’s no better complement to AirTunes than Remote. You can see all your AirPort Express and Apple TV AirTunes speakers on your iPod touch or iPhone. Turn all of them on or turn a few of them off, and rock the house.

So I set it up on my iPhone, and paired it with my computer that already had iTunes. I typed in the code it gave me, and bang. I was able to access all of the media on my computer, using my iPhone. It even pulls in the cover art! I am now remote-controlling with my iPhone. You can pause, change songs, adjust the volume, and do anything you could with any other type of remote.

Is this really free? You bet it is! And it’s pretty dang awesome, too. Thanks, Andy!

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