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Apple updates Remote app, adds iPad support

Apple has released an update to its Remote application for iOS devices, adding native iPad support and compatibility with iTunes 10 and the new Apple TV. Remote 2.0 provides a slightly redesigned user interface on the iPhone and iPod touch to reflect changes in the iOS 4 iPod and Music applications as well as adding support for the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G. When running on the iPad, the new Remote application mirrors the design of iTunes 10 when viewed in landscape mode, even including similar playback controls,  status window and search fields found at the top of the screen. The update also adds the individual AirPlay volume controls introduced in iTunes 10 and includes support for accessing and controlling Shared Libraries on iTunes and the new Apple TV and can now automatically add iTunes and 2G Apple TV libraries through the iTunes Home Sharing feature. Remote 2.0 is available from the App Store as a free download.

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Comments

1

Remote wasn’t listed in Updates, but deleting it from my iPad and re-downloading it works.

Posted by Dips on September 28, 2010 at 8:23 AM (PDT)

2

It’s about time they updated Remote. It’s may favorite app, which I use all the time, and it the larger screen of the iPad will be perfect for it. It was one of th reasons I bought the iPad. Now if they would only reinstate the normal organization of iTunes on the iPad ...

Posted by stanferg on September 28, 2010 at 9:02 AM (PDT)

3

A major failing of this app was, and now continues to be, the lack of support for the Front Row interface in OS X.

Posted by Farnsworth on September 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM (PDT)

4

Was wondering how long it would take Apple to start to update their (non-standard) apps for the iPad. I would really like to see an Airport app for both platforms. Just my opinion.

Posted by Bill on September 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM (PDT)

5

Love the new Remote.  Using iPad 4.2 beta, things are looking up for the media center we all have hoped for…
For the first time, I’ve shelving my ROKU boxes in favor of the Apple TV 2.

Posted by sb on September 28, 2010 at 11:27 AM (PDT)

6

Just a heads-up, if anybody else reading this uses their remote app with the MonkeyTunes plugin for MediaMonkey, DON’T UPDATE YET! The new version of remote breaks compatibility. Melloware is aware of the problem and is working his butt off to debug it, but right now if You’re controlling MediaMonkey with MonkeyTunes stay away from the update.

If tou’re just using it with iTunes, ignore what I just wrote above. You’re good to go.

Posted by mr_infamy on September 28, 2010 at 2:13 PM (PDT)

7

This new version of Remote does not control the old model TV like the old version did.  Evidently the old model does not have Home Sharing.  This is conveniently not mentioned in the documentation anywhere.  I do not want to have to leave my computer on 24/7/365 in order to watch media on my TV in the other room, so I will NOT be purchasing the new TV.

Posted by ggore on September 29, 2010 at 4:11 AM (PDT)

8

It works absolutely fine with the new Apple TV—I’m actively using it for both of mine.  If you’re upgrading from the first version your Apple TVs should still already be listed as they were before. If you’re setting it up for the first time, you just have to add it using the same method you would for the original Remote app—by tapping the “Add” button and then going to Settings, General, Remotes on the Apple TV and adding it from there.

The same actually applies if you’re still using iTunes 9—Home Sharing won’t work for iTunes 9 libraries with the Remote app, but you can still pair the new Remote app manually.

The Home Sharing feature appears to be mostly just a shortcut for setting up your iTunes library and Apple TV 2G devices.  I don’t know about the new Apple TV, but you can also still add an iTunes 10 library using the old method in the event that you don’t have Home Sharing enabled.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on September 29, 2010 at 11:53 AM (PDT)

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