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Best way to control/play shared library with iPhone

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Nov 26, 2008 9:33 AM
Hi there,

My iTunes library syncs with my ATV and I have set up my wife's iPhone (I don't have one yet but will get a Touch once they up the storage) to act as a remote with the Remote app.

What's the best way to set up/share my wife's music library on the ATV? I know I can set up her library on the ATV and access through 'Shared Music', but it looks as though the Remote app on the iPhone can't search, scroll, display her playlists etc in the same way that it does for the 'main' library that the ATV has stored locally.

Is the best way to have the iPhone Remote set to control the iTunes library (rather than the ATV) and have iTunes on the Mac set to Apple TV for the speakers?

I'd prefer to be able to keep all the adjustments to within just the iPhone Remote rather than give my wife a list of instructions across a number of devices (I know I'll get a call in the middle of the night when I'm overseas from my wife asking me why the iMac isn't play her music :))

Thanks,

Tom
iBook G3 & iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,830 points)
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    Nov 26, 2008 1:01 PM (in response to TWH3)
    Is the best way to have the iPhone Remote set to control the iTunes library (rather than the ATV) and have iTunes on the Mac set to Apple TV for the speakers?


    I would say so. However you can set the speakers from the settings within the remote app, you don't need to go to the tv. You will also likely find that using the remote app with itunes rather than the tv is more stable.
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  • 80HD Calculating status...
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    Nov 26, 2008 1:38 PM (in response to TWH3)
    I'm a big fan of using the remote to control the computer and then using the Apple TV as an airtunes base since I can have the music in more than one room easily, I can mess with playlists when a song comes on that needs attention, and most importantly to me, the the computer's EQ settings get passed through airtunes so I can tweak the audio.

    Doing things this way also allows you to change the rating on the currently playing song which is nice.
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  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,830 points)
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    Nov 26, 2008 3:40 PM (in response to TWH3)
    I appreciate Sonos's strengths in potential audio quality and content upon which it can draw, but I'm not too sure what it is the Sonos can do that an  solution cannot do in the multiroom environment.
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  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,830 points)
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    Nov 27, 2008 4:23 AM (in response to TWH3)
    TWH3 wrote:
    As far as I'm aware, and certainly the case when I investigated the system a few months ago, the advantage Sonos has is being able to play different music in different rooms from the same iTunes library and Mac, and also offer streaming Internet radio.

    So with Sonos you can play kiddie's music in the front room, Dad's house in the kitchen and set the radio to wake you up in the bedroom he following morning.

    With iTunes/AirTunes one is rather more restricted to one source playing one song to whichever speakers you have selected. I think.


    True, if you look at it as the only source of content, I was looking at it from a typical set up scenario, you seem to have two itunes libraries and an tv, so you could have different music in three rooms using your iphone as a central control, I have more sources than rooms so a sonos wouldn't do anymore than my present set up can do. If one is starting from scratch the sonos seems quite attractive, however for me it would require an investment of round about $ 5,000 to achieve something I more or less already have
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