Tired of the plastic or aluminum hardware remote and wishing you could control your Apple TV or iTunes on your Windows or Mac PC with your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? Well thanks to Apple's Remote app, you can. We'll show you how after the break!

Apple's Remote app is free on the App Store and it works through over your local Wi-Fi network. It is much more powerful than a hardware remote, especially for entering text like passwords or search terms.

Getting Apple's Remote App

1) Download Remote for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch [iTunes Link] 2) Open the Remote app on your device 3) Switch on Home Sharing on iTunes on your Windows or Mac PC 4) Put in your Apple ID and Password (These are the same as your iTunes Account info, and yes it's annoying you can't use your iPhone or iPad to put in this information!) 5) Once you get confirmation for iTunes and Apple TV tap done 6) You'll see a list of available Apple TVs and iTunes libraries (for example, your laptop and desktop might both be available via Home Sharing). Tap the one you want to control.

Bonus tip: There are other remote apps available in the App Store, for example for controlling VLC, Boxee, XBMC, and other media centers and audio/video apps as well.

Now enjoy! If you have any questions or have any other tips for controlling your Apple TV, iTunes, or Media Center libraries let us know in the comments!

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