Steve’s Media Blog

iTunes Remote Application

Posted on: September 22, 2008

Sometimes I hate that I appear to be a sponsored supporter of Apple‘s products.  It just seems to work that way (back in my college radio days I seemed to play a lot of “free single of the week” songs from iTunes).  But how can I be blamed if I truly enjoy the products they put forth?  They’ve got a solid mp3 player in the iPod, and they operate a well-oiled marketing machine.  I respect that.  And their music store is pretty much top notch.

So of course, I also appreciate the applications they offer for the iPhone/iPod Touch.  Namely, the Remote application.  It’s free, and it’s awesome.  I finally got to play with it a little this weekend, and boy did I have fun.  It’s a very simple application, but sometimes simple applications can be the most fun.  If you’re not sure what the Remote application does, allow me to demonstrate by illustrating the following scenario:

You’re hosting a party, and all your music is trapped on your hard drive.  Your CD player only holds five CDs, so eventually you would have to be switching CDs in and out, and even then your guests might not appreciate your music choices.  What do you do?  You hook up your computer to a set of wireless speakers in your living room, and use your iPhone/iPod Touch to control your musicl ibrary with Remote.  Guests can easily pick music as well without poking around on your computer.  You can even generate Genius playlists with the latest version.

That is the power of the simple Remote application.  It’s easy to set up, and easy to use.  Just thought I’d point out a really cool (free) music-related application.

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