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Remote iOS app could be so much better
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May 20, 2013, 06:41 PM
I've got multiple AirPlay speakers around the house and I use Remote quite often. While it is pretty great, here are two features I would love to see added that would be tremendous:

1) Incorporate the Remote controls into the lockscreen/app switcher controls. I really dislike having to unlock my phone and go into Remote to change a song or pause a track.

2) Add AirTunes receiver ability at a system level, so that instead of using the AWFUL Shared Library in the Music app, your iOS device shows up as a AirPlay option, and you just select that to stream music to it if you want to listen through headphones in bed or something.

#2 is the one I really want to see implemented. Shared Libraries in Music app are incredibly slow and incredibly finnicky. I often get disconnects after playing a certain amount of time, it takes forever to load, and on my iPad it only loads less than 10% of the music in my library. I've got 3 other iOS devices and Shared Library has never, ever been reliable. Just get rid of it, bring an AirPlay receiver into Remote and be done with it. This would be a much better way of handling streaming music/remote control of your library when at home.

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May 21, 2013, 04:26 AM
It's a bit of a kluge, but you can swing number two with Airfoil.

If you live the AirTunes life, this is almost a requirement anyway. It lets you stream the output from any program through AirTunes, and has a speaker client for iOS devices.

You can actually stream iTunes through Airfoil and set Airfoil to stream only to your phone.

Airfoil has it's own remote control: Reemote, so you'd be able to control which speakers receive and from what program on the phone as well.
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May 21, 2013, 04:59 AM
For 1: What happens if you use the remote button on the headphones?
The new Mac Pro has up to 30 MB of cache inside the processor itself. That's more than the HD in my first Mac. Somehow I'm still running out of space.
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May 22, 2013, 01:02 PM
Originally Posted by P View Post
For 1: What happens if you use the remote button on the headphones?
Same thing that happens when other music apps (soundcloud, 8tracks, last.fm, ex.fm, pandora, spotify) have been given access to the controls- they work.
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