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Android iTunes Remote Control: SWEET!

Jeffrey Sharkey, the Android developer behind Compare Everywhere, has put another notch in his Robot Belt… and this is a HUGE one. Sharkey has created an Android Application that works as a Remote Control for your iTunes. That’s right… you can use your T-Mobile G1 and future Android Phones as a remote control for iTunes on your PC or Mac!

Sharkey reversed engineered the technology on the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows for this and re-programmed it to work with Android. All you have to do is download the application, virtually NOTHING else is needed. And even better, in the open source spirit of Android, Sharkey has made the application FREE to download and supplied the FULL SOURCE CODE!

Take a look at the application in action on an emulator:


Congratulations, Jeffrey… this is an AMAZING application for Android and will surely be one of the most popular. This very application release serves as a great testament to what Android stands for and what consumers and tech enthusiasts can look forward to.

To give you a frame of reference, when the Application was launched for the iPhone it was one of the first that Gizmodo reviewed and they had this to say:

  • There’s only one word to describe it: perfectomfgthisissocool
  • Verdict: download it now.

Its getting harder and harder NOT to jump on the Android bandwagon. As Android progresses, so will the applications. Your phone might age, but the possibilities will always be increasing with an eternally expanding library of applications.

Android iTunes Remote Control is what Android is all about. Thank you and Congratulations to Jeffrey Sharkey and all the other developers out there who are making Android what it is!

Android DACP Remote Control




  • PhantomTrace

    insaneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • http://mobeegal.in Muthu Ramadoss

    Fantastic. Looks great.

  • Aranea

    I don’t use or like itunes* but I guess this is for the iphone fanboys/girls who keep bragging around.

    Now Android needs a software to listento or watch mp3s and video files from your computer through wi-fi 3G.

    * too clunky, too slow and as with anything that comes out of apple very restrictive.

  • phandroid.com

    @Aranea: There is an Android App exactly for that in development by “Jasta” called “Five”. He has been working his butt off on it and it should be a real banger.

  • Nicholas Adams

    @ Aranea:

    There is already free software that allows you to do this and only needs to be installed on your computer that holds your media: Orb. You can access all of your media files via the internet on any device that is connected to the internet.

  • Nicholas Adams

    P.S. I agree with you about iTunes….hate it!

  • Buns

    Awesome!

  • PC

    Yeah my friends that are mac fanboys have been bragging about the itunes remote app on the iPhone and saying no phone will have a app to remote control your itunes or any media player. I said we will see about that. “Who’s the dumby now?!” *Major Payne voice*

    Hopefully now we can get some remote control for a good media player unlike blowTunes.

  • Aranea

    Thanks a guys. I have a streaming software already installed on my computer (to stream from it to my ps3) but don’t you need a software on the receving end to be able to access those files. I’m excited about “Five”. Unfortunaletly I have to wait till end of december to get out of my contract with ATT. I hope G1 won’t be sold out by then. Or maybe G2 will be out :D

  • Nicholas Adams

    @Aranea:

    In the case of Orb, you need only install the software on the computer where your media resides. On the receiving end, you stream your files to any device simply by accessing the orb website and logging in to your account.

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  • http://www.jazzstore.com cl0s

    WHATTT?? looks crazy niceee.. can we get something like this for Rythmbox? I’m guessing it will work with the DAAP Music Sharing plug-in on Rythmbox though. I pre-ordered my G1 on announcement date so should get it sometime next week, an application like this (but for Rythmbox since I use Ubuntu) was definitely going to be my first project. Got the emulator but it gets boring developing on it and not being able to transfer the app to an actual G1 yet.

    A controller that works for both Rythmbox and Elisa (or MythTV) would be fucking awesome for us Gnu/linux heads.

  • Nagaraju

    I just tried downloading your app and went thru all the steps – but after the final step – it threw an error after the “Installing” progress bar – “Application install unsuccessful” – How can i install it on my G1?

  • Nagaraju

    Here’s the adb log that I just extracted out –
    I/PackageInstaller( 739): downloaded app uri=file:///data/data/com.android.packageinstaller/files/TunesRemote-r2.apk
    I/ActivityManager( 53): Starting activity: Intent { data=file:///data/data/com.android.packageinstaller/files/TunesRemote-r2.apk comp={com.android.packageinstaller/com.android.packageinstaller.InstallAppProgress} (has extras) }
    I/ActivityManager( 53): Process com.tmobile.myfaves (pid 723) has died.
    I/ActivityManager( 53): Displayed activity com.android.packageinstaller/.InstallAppProgress: 328 ms
    I/ActivityManager( 53): Stopping service: com.android.mms/.transaction.TransactionService
    D/SystemClock( 84): Setting time of day to sec=1224529983
    I/ActivityManager( 53): Start proc com.tmobile.myfaves for broadcast com.tmobile.myfaves/.receivers.PhoneStateReceiver: pid=754 uid=10008 gids={3003}
    I/dalvikvm( 754): Ignoring DDM send req for type=0x41504e4d len=38
    I/dalvikvm( 754): Ignoring DDM send req for type=0x41504e4d len=42
    I/MyFaves ( 754): starting service with intent: Intent { comp={com.tmobile.myfaves/com.tmobile.myfaves.MyFavesService} (has extras) }
    I/MyFaves ( 754): handleMessage(10)
    I/ActivityManager( 53): Process com.android.alarmclock (pid 625) has died.
    D/asset ( 53): failed to open Zip archive ‘/data/app/vmdl17813.tmp’
    W/PackageParser( 53): Unable to read AndroidManifest.xml of /data/app/vmdl17813.tmp
    W/PackageParser( 53): java.io.FileNotFoundException: AndroidManifest.xml
    W/PackageParser( 53): at android.content.res.AssetManager.openXmlAssetNative(Native Method)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at android.content.res.AssetManager.openXmlBlockAsset(AssetManager.java:471)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at android.content.res.AssetManager.openXmlResourceParser(AssetManager.java:439)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at android.content.pm.PackageParser.parsePackageName(PackageParser.java:436)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at com.android.server.PackageManagerService.installPackageLI(PackageManagerService.java:3102)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at com.android.server.PackageManagerService$4.run(PackageManagerService.java:3008)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at android.os.Handler.handleCallback(Handler.java:542)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage(Handler.java:86)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at android.os.Looper.loop(Looper.java:123)
    W/PackageParser( 53): at android.os.HandlerThread.run(HandlerThread.java:60)
    E/PackageManager( 53): Couldn’t find a package name in : /data/app/vmdl17813.tmp
    I/installd( 36): unlink /data/dalvik-cache/data@app@vmdl17813.tmp@classes.dex

  • Justin Best

    I just tried installing on my G1, and while I didn’t get any errors, I also can’t figure out how to launch the app. It’s not listed in any of the menus. Any advice would be appreciated.

  • May

    I can’t get this to work with my mac, any ideas. My itunes wont detect the device.

  • Afroz

    Good work…really love this itune remote control. thanks .

  • Aisha

    how the hell does this shit work :( help me email me at hellblazer_48@yahoo.com

  • michelle

    I don’t have WiFi so I can’t download. Is that the only way? Any cheap wireless routers out there that work well?

  • http://HTCHERO Michael

    Seems to work fine I can play the music, but i cannot search or view any files….. Anyone knows whats wrong

    Using Itunes 9.01.8
    and Tunes remote ver. 1.2

  • Michael Przyborowski

    does itunes remote work on the htc hero when Itunes is on a pc with windows 7?

  • Gunnar

    This app has a lot of potential and looks really good. It is very userfriendly what i’ve seen so far, BUT!

    I’ve notice a few major problems.

    1. I have to manually connect (no problem), but I often drop out and then I need to write in login info everytime (like 192.168.x.x) and then accept it on my computer, which is very frustrating.

    2. When I choose artist and album, it says “no tracks found for this album”, which is not right. Instead you have to choose artist and play all songs and choose “next” ’til you find the right song under the specfied artist.

    I hope there will be a fix for these problems.

  • kill3st

    Nice!!!
    was a little tricky to set up, but it worked awesomely once I figured it out.
    Thanks soooo much!

  • ahmed kamel

    something went wrong…won’t work…im trying to uninstall on my samsung galaxy s vibrant but I can’t find the file at all anywhere not even in my sd card…all thats left is the tunes remote icon that just goes directly to the searching for libraries screen that never brings up a library…ive tried everything wifi the code…just looking to uninstall

  • Bob

    Got installed to the point where I entered the 4 digit code into iTunes… The Android Device shows up and says it finished after the code was entered into iTunes. The screen with the 4 digits remains on the droid and appears to get hung up. I selected back as the screen instructs and the box disappears. Library appears on droid but it is still searching for network libraries…. won’t stop searching and doesn’t actually finish. Any help?

    iTunes version 10.2
    Mac O/S 10.6.6 (firewall turned off)
    Android version 2.2 on htc EVO.