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Is it really possible that there is no alternative iTunes Remote in the App Store? The Apple own solution feels a little outdated in comparison to the the JRemote. Did I miss something?

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I agree! I have scoured the net looking for an alternative to iTunes Remote. JRemote is faster, better featured, more stable etc. But... I can't live without Audirvana Plus, so have to live in iTunes purgatory...!

 

I'm sorry, what remote are you talking about? If it is the remote app, it works fine with Audirvana+.

 

Paul

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I can't live without Audirvana Plus, so have to live in iTunes purgatory...!
This!

 

Come on developers, make a cool alternative app, become rich and famous! :-)

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This!

 

Come on developers, make a cool alternative app, become rich and famous! :-)

 

Oh, sorry I misunderstood what was being asked.

 

The protocol is just a binary HTTP protocol, so anyone can pretty well write what they like to it. Apple Remote.app is pretty darn good though, especially on an iPad. There is little incentive to replace it. Still... these might interest you a bit.

 

-Paul

 

 

DACP - tunesremote-se - Java based remote control for DACP-compatible music players such as Apple iTunes, MonkeyTunes for MediaMonkey, and Telescope for Songbird - Google Project Hosting

 

MAKE | TunesRemote – Apple iTunes remote for Android

 

Unofficial AirPlay Protocol Specification

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Thanks Paul, looks like the protocol is open enough to develop an app.

Using a iPad myself, the Apple remote was ahead of it's time when it was released, but since JRemote I missing some features like Lyrics or Artist Information. And as eternaloptimist pointed out, the performance could be better.

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I'm sorry, what remote are you talking about? If it is the remote app, it works fine with Audirvana+. l

 

When I switch to another app on the iPad and return to the Remote app I'm not returned to where I had left it. In earlier versions it used to do a pretty good job of maintaining state. I really wish Apple would fix this.

 

Oddly, the Remote app does a better job of this when running on my iPhone. When this is launched, the currently playing song is displayed. And when I click the back arrow, I am taken to the currently playing playlist. I would be delighted if this same behavior were repeated on the iPad. It's surprising that it's not.

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Compared with JRemote, iTunes Remote:

Slower to connect to LAN.

Album artwork loading is slow and inconsistent. Where is pre-fetch? Why does the album artwork have to completely reload every time??

Primitive search. No ability to customise.

Occasionally freezes.

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I'd certainly be very willing to pay for a better iTunes remote. Given that I have a lot of classical music, I mostly access my music with the iTunes column browser, with the logic composer - grouping (e.g. Symphony No 3), then artist (eg Karajan/Berliner). This works really well on the computer, but is nearly impossible to recreate on the iTunes remote.

Furthermore, given the size of my library, the remote app is often slow to respond. I'm just afraid that no external developer will spend time on this, given that a) it is a niche demand, and b) if you develop something nice there's always the risk that Apple just incorporates the best improvements into their next free update.

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I believe it would sell well, there are many alternative Music Player on iOS to replace the Apple own solution and there are very successful.

 

Groove app:

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I'd really like to see a night mode. Often I like to listen with the lights off but I'm blinded by the screen on my iPhone (even with the brightness turned down). I'd like to get an iPad but I worried I'd burn out my eye balls. An option for white text on black background for all screens please!

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I'd really like to see a night mode. Often I like to listen with the lights off but I'm blinded by the screen on my iPhone (even with the brightness turned down). I'd like to get an iPad but I worried I'd burn out my eye balls. An option for white text on black background for all screens please!

 

Not quite what you asked for, but have you turned off automatic brightness and then turned the brightness down? I can get mine to dim far enough that it does not sear my eyes... (grin)

-Paul

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Not only is Jremote light years better than Remote, but since the iOS7 upgrade, screen rotation no longer works & it's unknown if it's a bug & if so, when it will be fixed, or if Apple intends to leave it as is etc.! Apple deigns not to communicate such things to their user base.

 

I would gladly pay for a Jremote-like remote for iTunes, especially now!

 

Reference: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5322942?start=60&tstart=0

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Not only is Jremote light years better than Remote, but since the iOS7 upgrade, screen rotation no longer works & it's unknown if it's a bug & if so, when it will be fixed, or if Apple intends to leave it as is etc.! Apple deigns not to communicate such things to their user base.

 

I would gladly pay for a Jremote-like remote for iTunes, especially now!

 

Reference: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/5322942?start=60&tstart=0

 

Does anyone have experience with Rowmote Pro for Mac?

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Does anyone have experience with Rowmote Pro for Mac?

 

Yes, and it was horrible. I would not recommend it. If they offer a free trial, of course you should check it out and see, as YMMV, but I was not at all impressed and found it very awkward to work with when I tried it maybe two years back.

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Yes, and it was horrible. I would not recommend it. If they offer a free trial, of course you should check it out and see, as YMMV, but I was not at all impressed and found it very awkward to work with when I tried it maybe two years back.

 

Agreed. Pile of pooh.

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