December 21, 2014

App Review: Tunes Remote

tuneremoteBecause my blood is made up of half plasma and half nano machines, I desire my house to be wired the same way.  I crave surroundings that are wired, work well together, and all my needs and desires are a button press or less away.

As a result, we have a HTPC, or Home Theater PC hooked up to our entertainment center.  It stores all of our Blu-Rays, DVDs and digital music in one place.  We have speakers and iPod docks all over the house that can access the music stored on our 4 Terabyte drive, and love using it.

One of the things that was a major annoyance for us though was that we would have to actually physically go to the HTPC to choose which playlist or songs to play, then allow them to play all the way out.  We do have iPod Touches in the house, but they are busy playing the music on docks, so we would have to stop the music, go out to the Remote App and then go back into another app that allowed us to play the music.  This was MUCH less than ideal, so I started looking for a way to control things from my G1, since I always have that with me.

That is when I stumbled upon Tunes Remote, a slick little app that does EXACTLY what it advertises, which is giving you the ability to control iTunes remotely.

TunesRemote is a small, lightweight app that doesn’t have any bells or whistles.  It connects to your iTunes installation over WiFi.  Your Android phone needs to be on the same WiFi network for the app to work.   When launched, it automatically searches for an active iTunes installation running on the network.  When it finds one, it tries to pair itself with your iTunes computer.  You enter in a 4 digit code, and you are good to go!

You can pick existing playlists, shuffle, volume control, forward, back.  It even displays album artwork if stored.

You can search for specific tunes in your library via a handy search function built into the app, which is pretty slick in my opinion.  I don’t know how many times that there has been an instance when I want to play a certain tune and I have to slog down to my computer from the upstairs to find it to play.  Now I can just punch a keyword into my G1, and it finds and plays it.

Scan the barcode with your phone to go right to the download page in the market!

Scan the barcode with your phone to go right to the download page in the market!

What I especially like about this app is that it does not try to be something that it is not.  It does not try to get fancy, or add functionality that is “cutting edge”.  It is advertised as a remote for iTunes so that you can control your music anywhere that your WiFi network reaches.  It does that perfectly, with no lag to slow down your device.

The controls are straight-forward, everything is one click away.  If you are looking for a simple, easy to use app to allow you to control your iTunes library remotely,  give this app a look.  You won’t regret it!



  • ProudGeekDad

    This seems pretty cool. I do not have my iTunes set up to work remotely as I really don't have a need for it yet, but hear its easy to do. Does this program allow streaming of your iTunes library or is there a similar program that would allow streaming??

  • Don

    I tried this app last week, and although it would pair with iTunes, I couldn’t get it to actually do anything. I’ve heard others had the same issue. Has it been updated recently? I’d really like for this to work!

  • Chrees

    Is there anything this simple and attractive for Winamp? I've tried WinampRemote and it's…sub-par at best.

  • Chris

    I just tried this application with an iTunes/appleTV combination. Tunesremote controls iTunes and then you can pair the appletv as a pair of "airtunes" speakers. Works pretty well with the android. My only gripe is that it doesn't support genius and I suspect it can't without violating DMCA. :(

  • aaaa

    try gmote, much better and it can even control as the mouse and keyboard on the computer, works with pc and mac

  • fish

    So you've got an HTPC and are NOT using XBMC with the Android remote? Epic fail, sir, epic fail.

    http://xbmc.org/forum/showthread.php?t=55346

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/revray35 revray35

      Lol I hear you fish, I did not adopt XBMC when I built it because of my wife and kids, they needed something that they could just click and play when I was not home, and they were most comfortable with (im cringing here because I know you are going to throw something at me) windows media center and the big screen layout.

      The geek in me WANTED XBMC, and perhaps it is time to take another look.

      Thanks Fish!

  • fish

    Aww, I see. Well that makes sense then, sorta. Here's my little screenshot gallery of the T! skin:

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=36506&i

    And now compare this to Windows Media Center…haha! ;)

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