Apple updates Remote app with improvements for search, stability and more

By , Jan 30, 2013

Remote 3.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

Is it just me, or did last November’s update to the Remote application, which came alongside iTunes 11, significantly affect stability? I use the app on a daily basis to control my Apple TV, and it seems like I’m constantly having to restart it.

Well hopefully that changes today, as Apple has just pushed out an update for Remote, bringing it to version 3.0.1. The app’s change log says that it includes a number of improvements, including search results, song rating and stability…

For those unfamiliar with the app, here is a list of Remote’s 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

And here are the 3.0.1 release notes from the App Store:

“Includes improvements for search results, rating songs, sorting podcasts, and general stability.”

It may look like a minor update, but the ‘general stability’ part could make all of the difference in the world if it manages to reduce the amount of time I have to spend messing with the app to get my Apple TV to recognize its commands.

If you’ve been having similar problems with Remote, you’ll want to update right away and see if it improves its steadiness . And even if you haven’t, it looks like there are some other improvements in 3.0.1 that will make your life easier.

As always, you can find Remote in the App Store for free.

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  • Jonathan

    I dislike how you can select shared libraries from the big icon screen and within the Apple TV section. I know they do different things (the former plays the library on it’s computer, and the latter plays the media from the library on the Apple TV). But I think Apple should come up with a way of combining all the media in the house.

    A combination of AirPlay and Home Sharing would be great (And if they combined the Remote app and the Music and Video apps), where you can select any media (but you don’t need to know where the media comes from, and if there is duplicate media it will prefer the local version, then the shared version and then the cloud version) and then select any device to play it on, and if every device (Mac, iOS, etc) was capable of AirPlay playback it would just work out the best way to get the media to that device.

    • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

      wat?

      • Jonathan

        I mean, you don’t have to worry about what library a media item is on.
        When you press “Music” it shows you all the Music on your device, all the Music in you Home, and all your Music in the cloud, and you can’t tell where the music is coming from (apart from like a small icon in the top left corner like there is in iTunes 11 for iCloud).

        Then you can choose any device to play it back on, that is Any AirPlay device or the device which the media originated on (if the media is from a shared library).

  • seyss

    this app is a mess. I hope this update straight things out

  • http://twitter.com/IgnotusPerevell IgnotusPerevell

    Still dont fix