Explain "Remote" to me please....

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by WannaApple?, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, so I know what Remote does, but I see a lot of people with it and I'd like to know how its used.

    When I want to play music through my computer, I'm usually close enough to it to use the controls directly on the computer. Dont have Apple TV or know what that is.

    Is there something else it does that I am missing that makes it insanely popular?

    The only thing I can currently think of using it for is when I am in my hot tub and playing music through my computer outside, but dont think I'd want to chance having my iphone near the hot tub.

    So, please explain to me how exactly you use it. I want to know if Im missing something and really could use it, or if its just not for me. Thanks! :D
     
  2. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    Basically, 'Remote by Apple' opens up an internet port on your computer, through your home wireless network and attaches itself to iTunes.

    Of course, for it to do this, you have to connect the remote to iTunes manually, by entering a code, for security reasons.

    As you say, it's really designed for people who like controlling their music library from a distance ..
    or who have music playing upstairs, while they are downstairs.

    R-Fly
     
  3. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    You're eating dinner with guests, and want to turn up/down the music that's playing from the stereo system next door.

    For example.
     
  4. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    You're in the living room, and your stereo is hooked up to an airport express. You want to access the library on your computer in the office and play it over your stereo. Now you can do it without running upstairs, or bringing a laptop into the room.
     
  5. mark34 macrumors 6502a

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    in addition, you have a brilliant interface with which to explore your music on, for example, your AppleTV. you can flip through this interface and see all of your content, movies, tv shows, etc. When you see a show or song you like, just select it, and voila it plays. it is super smooth and responsive over WiFi. I have many high end remote controls and home automation devices, but this is the slickest remote control for content.
     
  6. Geniusdog254 macrumors regular

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    I manage most of the sound system at my church. Sometimes I'll be in church on a weekday with some music playing over the sound system in the sanctuary with the laptop in the sound booth. Just connect my iPhone to the Ad Hoc WiFi I set up for this purpouse (secure of course) and I can change the song, very handy. It may not be for everyone but for me it's VERY useful.
     
  7. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

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    You are having a party and in party shuffle mode and a song you don't care for comes on. Rather than walking up to your Mac (or even a PC) with iTunes, you use your remote to skip to the next song. You don't even have to leave the conversation you're having.

    :)
     
  8. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    Here's my scenario..

    I have one mac with all the music on it. I also have a nice soundsystem in my living room and have another one in my bedroom. I also have a nice home theater.

    I have a computer in my soundsystem but I dont want to have to keep multiple copies of my music on multiple computers. So I can use rogue ameobas AirFoil Speakers program on the computer in the soundsystem and have two airport expresses in my bedroom and home theater. I can keep ONE copy of all my music, controlling it from my iphone while roaming around the house.

    Works pretty great.
    Zack
     
  9. lord patton macrumors 65816

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    If you are ever listening to music from your computer, but are not next to your computer, <exaggeration> it is the single greatest invention in the history of mankind. </exaggeration>

    I do love it, though.
     
  10. applebum macrumors 6502

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    Why I love Remote:

    I have a G5 iMac hooked up to my TV. I will often rent movies from the iTunes store and watch them on my TV. In the past, I had get up and go to the computer to pause the movie. Now I just pause it with my iRemote. When I get back to the couch, I hit play. It is a beautiful thing.
     
  11. mark34 macrumors 6502a

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    You can control rentals???? I did not know that... Cool.. you are sure? for some reasons i didnt think it did. excellent
     
  12. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    Double Post (Whoops!) :rolleyes:

    I really should know better as a 6502a'er.
     
  13. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, Apple's 'Remote' can control your entire iTunes library.

    From Music, to podcasts, to video content, its all controllable with one tap.

    You can even FFW and REW on video by holding the appropriate arrows for a few seconds.

    R-Fly
     
  14. saminsocks macrumors regular

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    I didn't really see why this was so popular, especially when newer Macs come with their own remotes. But the interface makes it that much better.
     
  15. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    The reason it's so great is for those who have Airport Expresses or AppleTV's. My airport express is hooked up to my home theater system which I can hear throughout the entire house and outside. Now I don't have to be in sight of my computer to change tracks etc.
     
  16. saminsocks macrumors regular

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    That's true, too. And I definitely see the appeal there. I just found it hard to believe that that many people had an Airport Express and/or AppleTV, enough to make it one of the most popular apps in the store.
     
  17. basaltfd macrumors regular

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    dell vostro 1700

    i use my 8gb touch to control my laptop itunes
     
  18. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Well, the early adopters of the iPhone and the iPod touch upgraders aren't exactly typical mac users. They're pretty die-hard fans. I think that probably explains it.
     
  19. basaltfd macrumors regular

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    na i'm not a die hard fan!
     
  20. razorianfly macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, but also, who says you have to own an airport express or :apple:TV to download remote?
    People want it on their iPod or iPhone, simply, for convenience. :cool:

    R-Fly
     
  21. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    True enough. A lot of people have their Mac hooked up to pretty decent speakers as well. It's simply a very convenient app to have.
     
  22. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Here's my favorite use:

    1. Make sure the volume is sufficiently high on my computer speakers.
    2. Go into another room of the house.
    3. Wait for my wife to get on the computer.
    4. Use Remote to turn on something hard and heavy -- Usually old Metallica or Black Sabbath.
    5. Listen to my wife freak out.

    That right there makes it worth the price...
     
  23. jackbenimble4 macrumors member

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    I usually listen to podcasts while I'm falling asleep. This app makes it incredibly easy to control from in bed.
     
  24. bacaramac macrumors 65816

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    My Plans

    We are building a house right now and I have all my movies/tv shows/music on my Time Capsule (connected to my iMac via network).

    I plan to put an airport express or speakers with airport express on the back patio next to the pool, an Apple TV in the Family, Media, Master and Kids bedrooms.

    My uses will be controlling tunes around the house while computer is out of the way. Kids yell at me to watch a movie, instead of getting up I can select movie from iPhone. Throwing a party, I can select what speakers play music and control volume. I think the biggest gain is the pool speakers, get a water proof case for an iPod Touch and your set with a floating remote in the pool for tunes.

    I love this app, but won't get much use out of it until I have the new house.
     

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