April 13, 2010
| by Steve Crowe
URC has added iTunes control to its Network Series controllers, which include the MX-6000 Color Touch Screen, MX-5000 Wand Touch Screen Remote and KP-4000 In-Wall Touch Screen Keypad.
The Network Series products can control iTunes on any PC, Mac or Apple TV in the house with a wired or wireless connection via Apple’s Airport Express.
A URC Network Series controller will display iTunes cover art and browses and selects all iTunes content. “Without switching to IR control, users can switch from browsing on the TV to personal browsing on the Network Series controller,” URC says.
If you want to control just the volume in iTunes, URC says its controllers will communicate via standard RF and don’t need to be connected to a wireless network.
“This is a breakthrough for iTunes users who are frustrated with the old-fashioned ‘hunt-and-click’ method,” says URC VP of technology Eric Johnson. “We get them to their iTunes Playlists faster.”