Apple’s Remote app gains iTunes 11 support, Up Next, revamped iPad UI and more

By , Nov 29, 2012

Following the official release of iTunes 11 for Mac and Windows and an incremental Apple TV firmware update, today’s update bonanza continues with the release of a minor update to Apple’s Remote iOS app. It now plays nice with iTunes 11, of course, and includes a redesigned interface on iPad tablets that takes design cues from the new iTunes, just as the previous version was reminiscent of desktop iTunes. As for iTunes 11 support, the updated Remote app now includes overhauled library views, an expanded view for your media, improved search results, the new UpNext feature and more…

Oh, and Remote now comes with a slightly improved icon, just like iTunes 11.

And this is what the iPad interface looks like, via Patrick McCarron.

Remote is designed to be in perfect sync with the new iTunes, Apple writes.

It is simpler, easier, and gives you new ways to browse your library and see upcoming songs with Up Next. With just a few taps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can add new songs to hear them next from iTunes on a Mac or PC, or an Apple TV.

Here are all the key features.

• Control iTunes and Apple TV from anywhere in your home
• A simplified look with new ways to browse your library
• See upcoming songs with Up Next
• See all songs in an album with Expanded view on an iPad
• Add new songs to hear them next and then automatically continue where you left off
• Browse, listen to, and control your iTunes Match library on Apple TV
• Pause, rewind, fast-forward, shuffle, and adjust the volume from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
• View album, movie, and TV show artwork
• Create and update iTunes playlists, including Genius playlists
• Search your entire iTunes library
• Control iTunes to send music to AirPlay speakers
• Control the volume on each speaker independently
• Use simple gestures to control Apple TV
• Enter text with the keyboard
• Control shared libraries on iTunes and the new Apple TV

It’s a free universal binary download supporting all iOS devices natively.

If you haven’t yet, check out Remote on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or iPad mini. I’m not sure why Apple won’t include its feature as standard on iOS, but I cannot live without this program anymore.

Even if your setup consists of only a Mac/PC notebook and an iPhone, there’s something inherently fun in being able to control iTunes on your desktop from across the room.

I also own iPads and an Apple TV hooked up to a plasma TV so Remote becomes indispensable for navigating my main iTunes library and stream whatever content I feel like to whatever device I happen to be using.

Did you find the Remote app useful?

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  • Frank Anthony

    Apple killed this iTunes 11. What we have being asking for. Next is iOS 6.1 This man (Scott) will no longer hold us back. Finally, Apple is getting it right. Bravo!

  • CollegiateLad

    I’m loving this up next feature… It’s much better than shuffling. And I don’t have to create playlists to hear the songs I want when I’m working out.

  • Tom Prestridge

    I can download iTunes 11 from Apple, however, iTunes 11 is not found in iTunes 10.7 when searching for updates. I don’t really want to re-download or re-import all of my music, apps, etc.

    • Frank Anthony

      You don’t re-import anything. All files in your old iTunes 10.7 will be intact when you install iTunes 11. Don’t be lazy bruh, download this sh*t cos it f*ckin worth it or keep refreshing your updates. All re same damn thing!

      • Stephen Michael Simon

        I can’t believe an Apple owner would even need to be told this. Pretty sad how little people really know about products they own and use…

      • Bill

        You mad bro?

  • Tommy Gumbs

    The update for the remote App causes both of my Apple Tv’s to go into a “reboot loop” when I launch the app. Updater beware, this could cause you to have issues. Keep in mind, both of my ATV’s are jailbroken so I can’t say for sure if that is the issue. I deleted the updated version of the “Remote” app, and reinstalled the proud version and everything works like it should again.

  • Stephen Michael Simon

    You got a Tool album posted in your iPad screenshot, didn’t know they were “Apple approved”. :)

    • Anthony Antunez

      They aren’t. Doesn’t mean you can’t have them in iTunes though.

  • Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    Is the new iTunes hammering the RAM for anyone else’s Mac or is it just me?

    • Joe Jonsen

      just you … i have 8 gigs..

      • Liam Googolplex Merlyn

        Hmm perhaps time to clean my Mac out then. I’m only running 4gb’s

      • Manuel Pedregal Ballesteros

        got 4 gb’s too and it work perfectly and smoothly for me.

  • Joe Jonsen

    im bored….

  • Darkstar1062

    anyone else having problems with the itunes store in the new update? im getting a bunch of weird code stuff or something. for example “” and the layout is all messed up. im on a mac.

  • Anthony Antunez

    I hope that interface is used for the Music app on the iPad in the next update. I hate the current one with the ugly digital wood it has on the sides. Skeuomorphism was cool at first but now its just tacky and lame.

  • Schindigger

    Radio no longer works from the remote since I updated it. Does any one else have this problem?

  • Urgent Tech Help

    let see how much affordable service provide

  • Suhail Ahmed

    Seriously….my Remote app shows couldn’t find the library!! I have been snooping around and couldn’t find an answer yet. can any1 help?

  • Andrew Mitchell

    I’m not able to connect latest Remote App to iTunes 11.0 – can anyone help?
    I am required to input numeric code into iTunes, but don’t know where. A friend told me there is a Remote tab in Preferences. I only have Devices tab, and that isn’t finding any Remote devices?

  • Rabah Rahil

    Remote app never has been the same ever since they killed iTunes DJ…