Jeffrey Sharkey Does it Again with iTunes Remote for Android

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If you’ve been following the entries into the Android Developers Challenge, you’re probably familiar with CompareEverywhere.  Formerly called Scan, it allows for users to scan UPC barcodes with their handset to find the best prices online and much more.  The creator and developer behind the app, Jeffrey Sharkey is one talented guy who just upped his Android street cred again.

After already winning $275,000 for his first application, Jeffrey is releasing his latest app for free.  Before we get into what the app does, we have to say the “free” move might do him a world of good.   His name is going to be everywhere as it is, but now he’ll be a superstar.  It’s a pretty safe bet that some bigger players are keeping an eye on him and may have already started trying to get in touch with him.

It was only a few days ago that the mobile tech fansites were all loving on the iTunes Remote application for iPhones.  People were describing it as one of the best apps to come from the App Store yet.  With the simple concept of controlling all of your music, video, movies and more stored on your computer or AppleTV, it hardly sounded revolutionary.  Just like you get with iTunes, the applications show you the album art and your playlists.  So where’s the draw? You control everything in your iTunes library as long as your connected together in the same network.  Yep, it’s a remote control for your PC or Apple TV.

It only took a few days for Sharkey to show people the beauty of Android by releasing his program…  For free.

I’ve written an Android client that implements the protocol, allowing your new Android phone to remote control iTunes out of the box, without any extra software. I’ve had several people with actual Android G1 handsets test it on several recent PC/Mac iTunes versions, all with very positive results.

So in a few weeks when you start firing up your G1’s, head over here and download the APK file and start rocking out!  And for you developer types who want to tinker and tweak, Jeffrey’s released the entire code under GPL license.  So who wants to make it play through your G1 and not the PC itself?!

Strapping on an unlimited data plan and remotely accessing your library sounds like lots of fun to us.

Congratulations to Jeffrey for yet another killer app!

See it in action here!


Android iTunes Remote Control from Jeffrey Sharkey on Vimeo.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. So that would play my computer media by downloading it via 3G, right? Wouldn’t that consume many download GBs fast and put you on the “T-mobile blacklist”?

  2. i went to the sharkey website and i must admit, as much of a fan as i am of android, the backend is going to confuse the hell out of me. in laymens terms, i assume that i point the android to the link..http://dacp.jsharkey.org/TunesRemote-r2.apk and download it to the android. then everything just works? couldn’t i just DL it from the marketplace? sorry for the lack of tech knowledge. i’m in love with the openness, but plagued by the fact that i know 0 about code. the sad part is, i work in online advertising and work on specific lines of html every day.

  3. “couldn’t i just DL it from the marketplace?”

    The Market is not yet open and won’t be until sometime around the G1 launch. Hence, Mr. Sharkey can’t put his app there just yet.

  4. Orb already allows you to stream any media from a home computer to any device including your cellular phone…and its free and web-based…

  5. @pjw:

    All you have to do is fire up the browser on your phone and click a link for an APK file and it’ll give you the option to install it. And of course, if it’s on the market then you can just install it that was as well…

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