When the Airport Express was released earlier this year, I immediately ran out and got one and have been happily using it in combination with my Powerbook ever since. However, the one downside to this is I have to have my Powerbook turned on to be able to play music. I wasn't the only one and many people were wondering where the remote control for iTunes was. Apple execs have been reported to hinting at such a device to be released and everyone thought if Apple didn't do it, someone else would. Well, we've been waiting for quite a while now and no such luck. <br><br>I'm wondering what everyone here thinks about the probability of this product still being in the pipeline. I personally think the chances are fairly slim, here's why ... <br><ul><br>[*]Apple would have released it already. It makes no sense to not release the product at the same time as the Airport Express, since it's obvious most users would buy both. Even if not at the same time, why have we been waiting for so long?<br>[*]One to many doesn't match with the current product range. The Airport Express was clearly marketed as a networkable device, you could put one in every room of the house and connect it to the stereo there. iTunes can only stream to one at a time though. With a remote control however, you're emphasizing the importance of iTunes and the centralization of all music in one location.<br>[*]Users don't keep their computer on all the time. A requirement to have users move their entire music collection to a centralized location, is the continuous availibility of that location. The desktop of portable computer is not something turned on all the time in the average users' home. <br>[*]Time is not right for a Apple Media Center. Some of the arguments in this list directly apply to the unlikelyness of the release of an Apple Media Center anytime soon. Such a Media Center would indeed be a vote for a remote control, but on top of these arguments I think the mainstream audience is simply not ready to buy such a device as yet. <br>[*]Unsexy. A remote control wouldn't fit well in the current line-up of sexy Apple devices and software products. Sure it makes perfect sense to have such a product, but there are other ways to do it too. <br>[*]The big one ofcourse being the iPod. Apple has been ugely succesfull with their iPod product range and will probably continue to do so for a while. The next step in the evolution of the iPod in my opinion is the release of an Airport enabled iPod. In doing so, they combine the server (holder of the content) and control point into one device. Perfect for Apple, it increases sales on the iPod, everyone in the house can have one and stream to the Airport Express in the room they are in, one computer connects multiple iPod's so thats fine too. <br>[/LIST]<br>I would be very interested in your opinions on this matter.<br><br>I am secretly hoping for the release of the remote control, but just don't see it happening. I hope any of you can convinse me otherwise. I don't have any use for an iPod and the release of such a remote control would justify my decision to look for a secondhand PowerMac G4 which I would setup as a 'home server' to, among other things, act as my iTunes host. <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by gadget on 11/09/04 05:05 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
Thanks for your reply, but this is not quite what I am looking for. Such a remote control is to limited. What I'm looking for is something that will allow me to browse my iTunes library much like the user interface of iTunes itself does. It doesn't have to support all the functionality of the iTunes interface, but something similar to the iPod interface would be perfect.
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If you have a bluetooth phone or pda you can get a copy of Salling Clicker http://www.salling.com/ and use it as a remote control.<br><br>"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." - Richard Feynman
"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." - Richard Feynman
I know and use the product for presentations with my Powerbook. However, Bluetooth doesn't allow me to control the iTunes in my home office from my living room. The signal unfortunately does not reach that far. <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by gadget on 11/10/04 04:57 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
Again not quite what I'm looking for, as it requires a USB connection to the computer and a line of sight connection between the remote and it's receiver. And again, the capabilities of control are way to limited to fully enjoy having my entire music collection at my fingertips. <br><br>What does interest me is it stating the requirement for iTunes 4.7, perhaps this product (especially since it will be sold on the Apple store) was developed with help of Apple and Keyspan got a preview into the DACP I've been reading about. Check out this page for the first discovery of this.
#203379 - 02/16/0501:27 AMRe: Remote control for iTunes
If you have a wireless enabled windows based PDA, this might be just the thing for you<br><br>http://www.smashcasi.com<br><br>I think it meets all of your requirements. I've got it and it works a treat.<br><br>
I don't think such a thing would be commercially viable. You would need a long distance wireless connection, like WiFi, and software to talk to a Mac running iTunes. Such a device would be around $200. <br><br>Now if someone could write software that runs on a WiFi enabled PDA (with corresponding receiver software on a Mac), that would do it.<br><br>
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