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Controlling Apple Music on Your Mac with the iPad iTunes Remote App

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I asked Kirk about this in his The Problem with Apple’s HomePods thread.

 

He was able to get this working, but I haven’t.

 

Here’s my problem:

 

Updated to Catalina.  Using Apple Music. 

 

The Remote app can see the music library, but won't start playback (tapping play or a song selects it, but won’t start it ).

 

Anyone else having trouble with this?

 

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"The overwhelming majority [of audiophiles] have very little knowledge, if any, about the most basic principles and operating characteristics of audio equipment. They often base their purchasing decisions on hearsay, and the preaching of media sages. Unfortunately, because of commercial considerations, much information is rooted in increasing revenue, not in assisting the audiophile. It seems as if the only requirements for becoming an "authority" in the world of audio is a keyboard."

-- Bruce Rozenblit of Transcendent Sound

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This is weird, but the Remote app was working fine before the Catalina release, which is why I didn't react above. I have a screenshot I took of it for my new book (Take Control of macOS Media Apps, to be published today), but I went to use it this morning, it wasn't working. I've contacted Apple to see if they can tell me anything. I don't know if this is a bug in Catalina or if the iOS app needs updating. It's worth noting that the app is called iTunes Remote, and, while I can't imagine that they would drop support for the Music app on Catalina, it's entirely possible that they have given up on it. This would be a big shame. 

 

It's also worth pointing out that the Apple Watch app has the same problem, but it's a subset of the iOS app. 


I write about Macs, iTunes, music, and more at Kirkville.

Author of Take Control of iTunes 12

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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It’ll be interesting to hear what they have to say. 
 

I tried again this morning and had the same result.

 

Thanks for taking another look at this.

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What's most surprising is that you can see and navigate a library, but you can't control anything. 

 

But, as I said above, in Mojave, you couldn't initiate playback from the app; however you could control it once it started. 


I write about Macs, iTunes, music, and more at Kirkville.

Author of Take Control of iTunes 12

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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