One thing, however, has really impressed me.
First, some background ...
Gordon's Tech: Remote control of iTunes and AppleTV: will AirTunes return?I was suspicious. Years ago I spent weeks trying to make AirTunes work. I needed a way to control my upstairs iMac from the downstairs kitchen, but I was defeated by our multi-user configuration.
... Apple has, years late, added a remote control feature to the iPhone/iTouch:
... I’m wary though. I suspect:
1. It won’t work with background sessions.
2. The AirTunes streaming will still be messed up by microwave use.
It’s not totally hopeless though. I haven’t tested AirTunes with 10.5 or the new AirPort Express. If the remote will communicate with iTunes running in a background user session on a 10.5 machine I might try testing again. The background user problem doesn’t apply to an AppleTV of course.
Today I tried Apple's Remote app for the iPhone/iTouch.
I connected to my iTunes library, chose the "stay connected" setting, and then switched users. iTunes was then running on the background ... in 10.4.11.
I was able to control it. I could even control what speakers it used -- local or the speakers connected to my Airport Express.
Wow, I didn't expect that to work! Now I'm tempted to give iTunes a go again. Maybe I should buy an iTouch for the family ...