Android smartphones are nowadays smart and connected enough, to allow you to control media playback on your PC wirelessly. While many people have a lot and hate relationship with iTunes, it is by far the most popular media management software.
If you have a Wi-Fi network at your home or office, it is ridiculously easy to control iTunes media playback from your Android phone or tablet.
How To Control iTunes Media Playback from Your Android Device
Step 1: Head over to the Play Store and download ‘Remote For iTunes’ on your Android device. The trial version of the app is available as a free download and expires after 30 minutes of usage. The paid version of the app costs $4.99.
Step 2: Connect your Android device to the same Wi-Fi network that your PC or Laptop is connected to. The app will also work if your PC is connected to a Wi-Fi router.
Step 3: Make sure iTunes is running on your PC, and then start Remote for iTunes on you Android device. The app will not work if iTunes is not already running on your PC.
Remote for iTunes will then try to connect to your PC. When the app has successfully established a connection with iTunes running on your PC or laptop, it will show a four-digit code.
If you are using iTunes 11, your Android device will show up as ‘Remote for iTunes’ in the top-right corner.
On iTunes 10 or older versions, Remote for iTunes will show up on the left-sidebar.
You need to enter the four-digit code shown in Remote for iTunes in iTunes on your PC before you can start using the app.
Make sure that you do not let the screen of your Android device turn off while Remote for iTunes is displaying the code. If the screen turns off, Remote for iTunes will again try to establish connection and display another four-digit code, thereby invalidating the first code.
Step 4: Once connected, you can now control iTunes media playback right from your Android device. Keep in mind that the app will only work when you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and iTunes is running on your PC.
If for some reason, iTunes fails to detect your smartphone as a remote, check your network settings. Make sure your firewall is not blocking incoming and outgoing access from iTunes. Also, check your Wi-Fi router settings to make sure UPnP is enabled. Under iTunes Preferences,
While there are a few other apps in the Play Store that will allow you to control the media playback in iTunes using your Android device, they all require you to install an app on your PC. Remote for iTunes takes advantage of iTunes own inbuilt remote feature to offer a seamless experience.