You may or may not have read the Master Home Computing Plan, a post where I outlined how and what my perfect home computing plan was. That post is under review right now, but a crucial element has just been introduced by a company called iospirit.
Enter Remote Buddy. Originally, this was software you installed on your Mac to enable new functions in your Apple Remote and/or your Wii remote. But now, they have added your iPhone or iPod Touch as a remote. New functions? Well, among others, the ability to control iTunes via Wifi. And not just control. All the bells and whistles are there.
Check out the movie of Remote Buddy at work on an iPod Touch. As a frustrated remote iTunes user, this is simply awesome.
Our music setup is pretty cool. We have all our music residing on an Infrant NAS. iTunes on our iMac connects to that music, and sends it out via AirTunes to an Airport Express. That is, in turn, connected to a hobby-built FM transmitter that sends the signal out over 98.5 FM, and we listen to it all over the house on our radios.
Until now, we had no way to remotely change the music. We had to fire up a laptop to run one of any number of mediocre remote itunes controllers. Or run downstairs and change it on the iMac. Hard to do gracefully when you forgot to take Mr. Hankey out of the Christmas Music Mix before family came over.
Of course, we still don’t have a way to remotely change our music, as we don’t own an iPod Touch. But the future is coming.
Thanks to bbum for finding this first.
Update: bbum has come through again, this time downloading and reviewing Apple’s own free iTunes remote for iPhone and iPod touch. He loves it.