Apple releases updated Remote app for iOS to coincide with new iTunes 11

Did you know that you can control your iTunes or Apple TV from your iPhone? Before today I didn’t. Apple has released an updated version of its Remote app, which allows users to pick music albums, add songs to playlists, and generally emulate a full television remote, from your iPhone or iPad.

With version 3.0, Remote for iOS is meant to work better with iTunes 11, which has been released today for Mac and PC. The new iTunes in the Cloud service, which includes better iCloud and iTunes Match support, allows users to stream, rather than download, songs from Apple’s servers. Remote can also operate as a physical cursor for your Apple TV, allowing you to enter text and numbers on your phone or tablet, both of which have real (virtual) keyboards, rather than the time-consuming click-based method on the TV itself.

Remote can also function as an AirPlay intermediary, allowing you to push certain streams to different AirPlay-connected speakers or devices. If you’re entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, it all sounds awfully handy.

Download Remote for iOS.