Remotes are stupid. Stupid stupid and/or stupid expensive. So why bother dealing with stupidity when you already have the perfect device to control your system: an iPhone. See, smartphones are not stupid. With the Griffin Beacon, you can control everything with your phone.
Last week, I asked just why Apple has left its Remote App to rot in the App Store, unupdated despite new hardware coming out. The reason? One guy wrote it, and now he's working on other things.
One of my favorite and most-used iPhone apps is Apple's Remote app. It lets me remotely control iTunes, which is streaming to my living room stereo via an Airport Express. But why hasn't it been updated in over 8 months?