TuneView Controls iTunes on Macs and PCs from 150 Feet Away

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Plug TuneView into your Mac or PC's USB port, and then you can control iTunes from just about anywhere in your house, as long as you don't live in a place that's more than 150 feet wide. The remote has a sharp-looking color LCD screen that's a whole lot like the iPod's screen, showing you the contents of your iTunes library. On the next page, see a tight shot of this now-shipping remote, along with pricing info.

Illustration for article titled TuneView Controls iTunes on Macs and PCs from 150 Feet Away

We like the way this $149 unit uses 2.4GHz RF to communicate with its USB dongle, although we're hoping that frequency won't interfere with cellphones and Wi-Fi gear. This device could be especially useful in a home theater, where you might have your Mac or PC outside the room to avoid their noise and heat. Connect the computer to your projector or display, and you can watch iTunes movies and TV shows in your theater while controlling everything from 150 feet away, even through walls. Neat. The only downside is you're forced to use iTunes. [Keyspan TuneView]




I work for Keyspan and wanted to respond to some of the comments.


We have an iPod version of this product that can be made to work in a car. It comes with a dock that is powered via USB (or a standard iPod car charger (with female USB port).


You'd be surprised at how intuitive the controls are. We often demo these remotes without any instructions and people get them right away. A few reviewers have mentioned how easy the remote is use.


If you see one up close, the 'top' plastics look similar to a black iPod (clear plastic with black on the inside of the enclosure). The bottom is rubberized for better grip. The two materials look really nice together.

Geoff and iamnotdrtran:

Yes but Bluetooth phones don't give you the range that you get with our remote and you have to deal with the phone's UI. Our remote's UI is menu driven (like an iPod). With a PSP, you can do WiFi which gets you closer to our range but then you have control issues if your not used the game controller interface (although, I suspect that if you are considering either a cell phone or PSP as a controller, controller interface is less of an issue).


Yes, it took some time to come out but we wanted to make a great product. We think we have succeeded.

I hope this helps!