A while ago I managed to buy an iPad. I am using/planned to use it for various things. One of those things was to be able to remotely control my music player (which is nice when sitting outside on the terrace, having a small party etc.). The ‘Remote’ application that exists to control iTunes works really well, however I don’t really use iTunes. So I thought I would have a look on how to do something similar with Rhythmbox (or Banshee for that matter). I remembered something about DLNA and uPNP and tried for some days to get this to work, but I really got nothing. I don’t know which side is to blame, but in the end I gave up trying to make it work.
It features all the basic things that I want from a remote control. It will show you a list of playlists/sources, followed by a list of artists (for the selected source) and finally a list of songs for the selected artists sorted by album. You get the basic controls to play/pause, skip songs, repeat/shuffle and control volume. In addition, you can also set the current selection as the current playlist. Finally you can also simply queue some songs (those blackish boxes at the bottom of the screenshot) which will be played as soon as the current song ends playing (this is all just rhythmbox functionality exposed and nothing new).
There are some fancy (useful) animations in the UI and in general I kind of like the look of it. I wouldn’t call myself a “designer”, so if anyone wants to jump in and improve some css, please feel free. The plugin is hosted on github:
Note: You can save your breath preaching about how Apple is evil etc, I’ve heard it all before…