Not to be outdone, a Google Android developer has built software that emulates the function of the Remote app on an iPhone.

Designed by Jeff Sharkey, the application can be recognised by your PC or Mac’s iTunes. Once it is paired you will be able to browse your library, view album art and play music.

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

The developer explains, "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."

Here’s a video of the application in action.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1919916&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
Android iTunes Remote Control from Jeffrey Sharkey on Vimeo.

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