Remote control

I came across this interesting little rumor about the next versions of iTunes and the iPhone/iTouch software. It seems that you will be able to use the iPhone/iTouch as a remote control for iTunes to control playback.

Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home — a free download from the App Store.

I think this is a great idea as I have my music all stored on my desktop computer but I like to play back music through my AppleTV located in my living room (away from my desktop computer). Currently I have to control that either by streaming from my laptop, not ideal, or by using the remote desktop feature to access my desktop computer from my laptop. In either case I need to use my laptop. It would be really nice to use my iPhone to do that instead.

Yes, I could copy my music to my AppleTV, or allow my AppleTV to access my music library remotely but I have good reasons not to want to do that. Mainly because the syncing controls on iTunes are pretty basic.

What I would really like to see is a better way to enter text on my AppleTV, using a bluetooth keyboard for example, using the remote to spell out movie titles really sucks, especially since I can’t rent HD movies from my computer.

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