Apple Has Updated the iOS iTunes Remote App

Apple yesterday released an update to the iOS iTunes Remote app, which can be used to remotely control playback from an iTunes library. This wouldn’t be a big deal except for the fact that the company finally updated the iPad version of the app, which, in spite of received minor updates over the years, still presented an iOS 6 style interface.

Here’s how it looked before the update:

Remote old

And now:

Remote new

I had long been surprised that Apple couldn’t bother updating the interface of this app. Granted, it may not be widely used, but still; compared to the current iOS look – which has been “flat” since iOS 7 – it looked archaic.

Finally.

12 thoughts on “Apple Has Updated the iOS iTunes Remote App

  1. It is better but I have this huge iPad screen and they are not using even half of it when you use the landscape mode which is the way most of us use it.

    Why can’t they realize that? It is the same Now Playing screen as the iPhone and unfortunately there it looks good.

  2. It is better but I have this huge iPad screen and they are not using even half of it when you use the landscape mode which is the way most of us use it.

    Why can’t they realize that? It is the same Now Playing screen as the iPhone and unfortunately there it looks good.

  3. iTunes? Pretty much gave up on it a few updates ago, too complex for me to fool with. I just turn on Pandora now, not wasting my time.

  4. iTunes? Pretty much gave up on it a few updates ago, too complex for me to fool with. I just turn on Pandora now, not wasting my time.

  5. It looks like there is still no support for Love/Dislike. How long has it been since these were implemented in iTunes? 3 years? I guess Apple’s iOS and iTunes teams don’t talk to each other much.

  6. It looks like there is still no support for Love/Dislike. How long has it been since these were implemented in iTunes? 3 years? I guess Apple’s iOS and iTunes teams don’t talk to each other much.

  7. I still can’t get it topen itunes from my ipad,it shows the icon for my itunes library but nothing happens. I had given up on this app when it abruptly stopped working a year ago….

  8. I still can’t get it topen itunes from my ipad,it shows the icon for my itunes library but nothing happens. I had given up on this app when it abruptly stopped working a year ago….

  9. I was really happy to see this. I figured Apple had moved on from Remote. Not only did the old version cut off times as shown in your screenshot but if I touched the slider to try to adjust the playback position it would crash.

  10. I was really happy to see this. I figured Apple had moved on from Remote. Not only did the old version cut off times as shown in your screenshot but if I touched the slider to try to adjust the playback position it would crash.

  11. I think it’s worse. They don’t show any playback information (you have to click on “now playing” to even know what is playing or control volume!). When you click on now playing, they use the entire display view to show you the album art and playback controls (you can’t browse your collection and control playback on the same screen). They have little thumbnails of album art on the Playlist screen that are too small, completely useless for visual identification. They stack the text rows with album/ season info in small gray text. Previously, you could visually scan down the columns to sort out album season etc. You’re excited just because the design is flat? I think they just ported over iphone UI and fixed some latency bugs froming trying to show playback and scrolling through playlists while using airplay. The iphone UI was designed for a smaller form factor and took away the features that made iPad remote app work and feel very similar to the actual itunes app itself which I preferred. (and is the goal of any remote app?)

  12. I think it’s worse. They don’t show any playback information (you have to click on “now playing” to even know what is playing or control volume!). When you click on now playing, they use the entire display view to show you the album art and playback controls (you can’t browse your collection and control playback on the same screen). They have little thumbnails of album art on the Playlist screen that are too small, completely useless for visual identification. They stack the text rows with album/ season info in small gray text. Previously, you could visually scan down the columns to sort out album season etc. You’re excited just because the design is flat? I think they just ported over iphone UI and fixed some latency bugs froming trying to show playback and scrolling through playlists while using airplay. The iphone UI was designed for a smaller form factor and took away the features that made iPad remote app work and feel very similar to the actual itunes app itself which I preferred. (and is the goal of any remote app?)

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