TunesRemote: Remote Control iTunes With Your Android Phone

There are plenty of apps that allow you to remote control your iTunes from other computers, iPhone or even iPod Touch, but when it comes to Android, the choice is limited (as of now). TunesRemote is one of the few that give you the ability to control your iTunes from your Android phone. While it is not the best around, it is able to do its job well and enable you to travel around in the house and still be able to listen to (and control) your music.

On your Android phone, download TunesRemote from the market (free). For some reason that you can’t locate it in the market, you can also download the apk here and install it manually.

Configure Firewall

To enable remote control of iTunes in Macl, you need to first configure your Firewall to allow incoming connection.

Go to System Preferences -> Security. Click on the Firewall tab. You don’t have to allow all incoming connections as that will pose a security threat to your Mac. All you have to do is to Set Access for Specific Services and select iTunes from the Application list (click on the + to add application).

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Enable sharing of music library

Next, startup your iTunes. Go to Preferences. In the Sharing tab, make sure the “Share my library on my local network” is checked. Optionally, you can set a password for the share.

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Pairing of remote device

On your Android phone, start the TunesRemote app (make sure you are connected to the wifi in the same network). It will automatically search for your shared iTunes Music library. In some instances where it cannot locate the music library, you can do a Manual Add.

Press Menu button and tap on Manual Add. Enter the IP address of your Mac and “0000000000000001” for the pairing code (15 zeroes and a trailing 1)

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Back to your iTunes, you should now see a Android device option in the side pane. Click on that. You will be prompted to enter the pairing code. Enter “0000”.

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That’s it. You can now browse your iTunes music library, play your playlists and get your iTunes to play, stop, forward, previous.

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Conclusion

At the moment, TunesRemote is still quite limited in features and the interface is very simple. It wouldn’t hurt for the developer to decorate up a bit. Other than that, for a remote control app, TunesRemote has done its job well.

Have you tried Tunes Remote? Let us know how you find it in the comments.

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  6. Hey

    I installed Tunes Remote and I managed to connect to my laptop, so I can now pause music or go to the next song, turn shuffle on/off etc.
    The only problem is my Tunes Remote can't seem to browse the music on my computer. I can go the the 'Artists' menu and I can see a bunch of artists, but once I open a map it says: 'no tracks' found.

    Any idea how I can fix this?

  7. my phone does not seem to remember my itunes lib. I always need to manually add it. when its working, its great. but my mac is upstairs, stereo downstairs. Dual G5 1.4.11/iTunes 9.1.1 (12).

    1. Have you tried configuring your iPhone to use static IP address instead of a dynamic IP?

  8. This is the coolest thing so far on my new HTC thunderbolt. I got tunesremote working in 2 minutes and it plays my itunes thru my computer, thru apple tv and onto my home stereo! all artists and playlists show up. excellent.

  9. was looking for easier way to play music from my pc. firstly found gmote and thought it was cool. then found tunesremote, simply over the moon! works great!. thx lots!

  10. It works perfectly well!!

  11. My phone and Itunes will pair after I manually add the IP address, but for a moment only. Then I have to enter the passcode again, then they pair, then the passcode. It just stays in that cycle. What should I do?

    1. Are you using a dynamic IP? This could be the reason why it prompts you to enter passcode again, once it detects a IP change. Is there any way to fix the IP address of your phone?

  12. Works great and loving it so far! One problem: When I add a song or album to the “queue” I can’t find the list it goes in. They don’t appear in my “Itunes DJ” play list and I can’t find them anywhere else. Is there an easy way to add tracks or albums into playlists through TunesRemote?

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