Apple's iTunes Remote App Gains iPhone X Support, New Look

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today updated its iTunes Remote app for iOS devices to version 4.4, introducing a redesigned look and support for the iPhone X, Apple's newest flagship device.

    The iTunes Remote app is designed to allow iPad and iPhone users to control their iTunes libraries from anywhere in the home, accessing music, TV shows, movies, Podcasts, playlists, and more. The app can be used to send music to AirPlay speakers and group speakers together to play music in multiple rooms at the same time.


    Apple recommends that customers who download the Remote 4.4 update pair it with iTunes 12.7.5, which is the latest version of iTunes on the Mac.

    In addition to a redesigned look, the iTunes Remote app update offers unspecified stability and performance improvements.

    iTunes Remote can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Apple's iTunes Remote App Gains iPhone X Support, New Look
  2. sdf macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2004
    It was a happy day for me when I realized I didn't really need this app anymore and could just use the control center widget. (But that won't be the case for everyone.)
  3. Mr$tone macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2017
    Wonderful news! Thank you Apple for this app–I couldn’t be without it as I have several (expensive) speakers that can’t be upgraded to AirPlay 2.
  4. ThomasJL macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    Wow, it took Apple this long to add support for the iPhone X. So, a company approaching a trillion dollar market cap couldn’t add support for the iPhone X many months ago? Did they lack the financial resources for that? If Tim Cook wasn’t so clueless and actually spent time caring about products instead of political issues, Apple could have added iPhone X support to the iTunes Remote app even before the iPhone X was released.
  5. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Wow, I can’t believe it took them this long to support the X.

    If I recall correctly I think it took about 9 months for them to update Remote app from iPhone 4 resolution to iPhone 5.

    You’d think it’d be updated before it lands in users hands.
  6. IPPlanMan macrumors 6502

    Dec 25, 2009
    Glad they could finally task an engineer to this.

    Apple is so slow on some things it’s to the point of embarrassing.
  7. amyers macrumors newbie


    Feb 13, 2012
    Wow, I can't believe people complain about an app with not much use getting late support.
  8. Asclepias macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2017
    Looks nice but unfortunately WOL does not work anymore. Tested with Windows PC and MacBook Pro.
  9. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Awesome to see that they're still (or once again) working on this! I had lost all hope after seeing them leave bugs unfixed for years.
  10. MauiPa macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2018
    sounds a little whiney. You don't need the app but complain about it anyway? Are you implying that Airplay 2 is not backward compatible? First I heard of that one. Sucks if it is, but, the documentation says it works with speakers that say compatible with Airplay, makes no mention of compatible with AirPlay 2
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    I take it that I never heard of this app, that I don't need it. I'm guessing most people feel this way, I wonder how many people actually do use this? How is it better than using a NAS as an iTunes server. seems that would be better
  11. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    I don't mind how long it took to support the X (though it shouldn't have taken this long....) but what I STILL mind is that you can't control Apple Music on your Mac with it. Yes, I know I could Airplay AM from my phone, but, the connection for that isn't nearly as stable as is the connection from my Mac, which is hard-wired to my whole-home audio system.
  12. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    For my purposes I actually find it simpler and more flexible to put my old MacBook to good use by letting it run iTunes (signed in to iTunes Match or, now, Apple Music) and a Time Machine server. To each their own though.

    You can, as long as you've added the tracks (or playlists) to your library. But I see what you mean.
  13. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    Yeah I want to be able to do much more than this (or more accurately, play what I want *without* having to bother putting it into my library) among other things.
  14. Mr$tone macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2017
    Apple probably had its reasons. I prefer perfect products even if it takes a little longer. Who want’s crappy, buggy and un-polished products? I don’t–for sure!
  15. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    The iTunes Remote app had been buggy and unpolished for years. It's far from perfect now, but hopefully some of the bugs are fixed.
  16. MauiPa macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2018

    Not sure what you mean. Apple Music works just fine from the Mac. Plays through iTunes. It’s realy great. See what’s playing. Either stream from Mac to HomePod or hand off to run on HomePod. Adjust volume skip tracks etc from Mac iPhone or Apple Watch. Or Siri or touch pad on homepod
  17. Radeon85 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2012
    South Wales, UK
    Only took about 9 bloody months, incompetent devs.
  18. Tmelon macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2011
    I was about to delete the app thinking that it had been discontinued. Now we’re still left with Logic Remote, Music Memos, and AirPort Utility lacking iPhone X support.
  19. Mr$tone macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2017
    I suggest that you re-read my post since you missunderstood just about all words I wrote.
    I need this app. I have no complaints about this app. My speakers are not upgradeable to AirPlay 2 and hence I need this app to remotely play my several speakers in different rooms at the same time (same song) just as they where AirPlay 2 compatible.
  20. Gorms macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2012
    I’m probably the only person that is like ‘yay this’, but, yay this! I’ve got an app I wrote for my Pioneer AV receiver to replace the official Pioneer ones which are terrible. One with a semi decent UX that solves a lot of problems for me.

    One thing that I have in the app is the ability to open other apps that utilise custom url schemes for quick access. So when I switch the amp to the Mac mini I can press a button to open Touchpad, a mouse app on iOS.

    The problem is, the new Apple Remote doesn’t have a custom url scheme as far as I can tell and I’ve been living in constant terror this app was deprecated and soon to be no longer maintained. This would add at least a swipe and a tap to my journey. My downstairs Apple TV is a 3rd gen so that won’t even show in the control center. So this brings joy to my heart that my setup survives another year. Very happy.
  21. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I haven’t used the remote app since they built a remote into control center.
  22. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    I use it all the time, but yes voice your opinion as fact.

    Tho the update isn’t even appearing for me.
  23. firewire9000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2015
    Sometimes there are things that I don’t understand, like the iMovie update that took so long as well. It should been updated at the iPhone X launch.
  24. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    Wait what?
  25. -BigMac- macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    LOL have they also added support for iOS6? Wow.

    This is Apples own App... 9 months after their flagship announcement. Wtf is going on over there?

    “Worlds most powerful company” everyone..

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