iPhone app review: Apple Remote

Having been one of the lucky few to get my hands on a review sample of the iPhone 3G before launch, I've been trying to make the most of my time by ex

Having been one of the lucky few to get my hands on a review sample of the iPhone 3G before launch, I've been trying to make the most of my time by exploring some of the apps that are already available from the Appstore.

I was going to review Super Monkey Ball as my first 'App of the Day', but to be honest I'm so bad at it that I couldn't possibly suffer the indignity of recording a YouTube video of myself playing it. Not yet.

So instead I wanted to highlight an official Apple app called Remote, which allows any iPhone or iPod Touch running the version 2.0 software to become a remote control for your iTunes - or, more interestingly (for me at least), for an Apple TV. Check out my YouTube video review below (apologies for the umming and aahing - it's been a long day).

The supplied Apple Remote is pretty poor, let's face it. Simple, yes, but incredibly frustrating when you're trying to navigate your way through 160GB of music and movies.

Fortunately, the Remote software makes it simple to find the song or video you want - and means you don't have to turn on the TV just to listen to some music. You can even rate songs from the comfort of your iPhone.

My only criticism of the software is it doesn't seem to display album artwork as it should when controlling the Apple TV (it works fine with iTunes). But that could be to do with the amount of music I have on my Apple TV. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now. It is, after all, free!

Check back for more app reviews soon.

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