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TunesRemote: iTunes Remote Application for Google Andoid OS

Created and designed by developer Jeff Sharkey, “TunesRemote: Android DACP Remote Control” is an application that emulates the function of the iTunes Remote app on an iPhone. This new application can be recognized by iTunes on a Mac or a PC, and once paired with your computer, can browse your library, view album art and play music.


The application uses the Digital Audio Protocol (DACP), which was recently introduced by Apple and built into all recent iTunes versions. DACP is the actual protocol used by the Remote app on the iPhone and iPod touch.

According to Sharkey, “With the protocol now reverse engineered, I wrote an Android client in about a week. Now you can remote control your iTunes from your new Android phone when it arrives later this year. This works out of the box without installing any extra software on your PC or Mac… Also, the full source has been released under a GPLv3 license, and you can grab it from Subversion on Google Code.” Apple’s iTunes Remote application is protected by a few patents that Apple could be aggressively protecting, so we don’t know all the rights that the open source world has when developing applications such as these. Whether Apple turns the tables on Android’s development communit, remains to be seen.


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