Oct 17th, 2008

A week ago we told you about the iTunes Remote Control for Android and today we’re following it up with a video showing how to download applications that like IT – aren’t available on the Android Market. We also show you iTunes Remote working live.

Take a peek for yourself:

First of all, downloading an application that ISN’T in the Android Market is a breeze:

  • Go To Main Phone Settings
  • Touch Applications
  • Touch the first setting: Unknown Sources
  • Click OK to accept the warning that you’re responsible for anything getting messed up from using “unapproved” applications
  • Download an Android Application file directly from the web – they have a .APK extension
  • Run the file and Install the App

You’re DONE! Easy, right? Remember that you won’t be able to view the application from the Market Downloads but it will be available in your “pull-up” menu and you can add the icon to your desktop by long-pressing and selecting in “Applications”.

Now onto iTunes Remote Control:

  • Make sure WiFi is turned on and connected to your network
  • Make sure your computer is connected to the same WiFi network
  • Open up iTunes
  • Run the Application and let the WiFi/Libraries Sync
  • Choose your Music Library from those found
  • Bingo Bango – you’re in!

You can select songs by artist, song or even search your library. You can pause, play, fast forward/rewind and the app also pulls up album art and all that jazz. Its really good stuff. As long as you’re connected to the same WiFi connection you can control your iTunes remotely and almost instantaneously. Its pretty cool… although not sure exactly HOW often I would use it myself.

I only have 3 “complaints” about the application:

  1. You can’t change volume… or at least I couldn’t figure out how to
  2. There isn’t a dedicated button to go to the “song playing now”. You can get there with the back button but one extra accidental press and you’ve exited the application. I think it would be a nice addition.
  3. The “Menu” button doesn’t seem to be available on every screen in the app… only the main screen where your song is playing. I’d like to see it everywhere… and perhaps that can also house the apps home screen.

And on a final note, in the video I promise to hook you guys up to the YouTube of one of my now favorite artists: Ronald Jenkees. I’ll embed a few of my favorite tracks by him but you HAVE to check him out and at least give him 2-3 videos (watch the whole thing) before you make up your mind on this guy. He truly is a freakin’ maestro.

“Throwing Fire”
His most recent video. If you halucinated while playing MegaMan and Jay-Z had reproduced the music it would probably sound like this:

“Disorganized Fun”
One of my All-Time Favorites

“Remix To A Remix”
Ronald took one of his beats and put it behind a video of Malcolm Kelly, a football player on the Oklahoma Sooners, who did a freestyle rap in the locker room for a reporter… its just fun to watch: