Home Theater & Entertainment TV & Displays 15 Remote Control iPod touch and iPhone Apps By Sam Costello Writer Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Sam Costello Updated July 01, 2019 Maskot/Getty Images TV & Displays Remote Controls Samsung Projectors Antennas HDMI & Connections Tweet Share Email The iPhone and iPod touch are such popular, powerful devices because the combination of versatile hardware and innovative apps allows them to do a huge range of useful things. Among those things is functioning as remote controls for stereos, set-top boxes, computers, and more. Whether you want to control your computer’s iTunes library or need to take over other hardware—like an Amazon Fire TV or Roku set-top box – these 15 apps have you covered. No more digging through your couch cushions looking for the remote. With an iPhone remote control, just reach into your pocket to control your media experience. Stereo & Music Library Remotes iTunes RemotePrice: FreeControls: iTunes libraries on Mac and OCDownload at iTunes MediamotePrice: FreeControls: Windows Media Center PC only; hasn't been updated in years so may have been abandoned by the developer. Songbird RemotePrice: Free for a limited timeControls: Songbird Player, an iTunes alternative Requires Songbird desktop application and remote extension. VLC RemotePrice: FreeControls: VLC Media PlayerDownload at iTunes Works on Mac or PC; free version has limited feature set: can play, stop, forward, back, but not browse or select files or manage playlists. There is a $2.99 Pro version as well, which removes ads and lets you browse files from the remote. Set-Top Box & TV Remotes Amazon Fire TV RemotePrice: FreeControls: Fire TV and Fire TV StickDownload at iTunes Supports all of Amazon's video and app options, plus voice search, on the Fire TV box and Fire TV streaming stick. Apple TV RemotePrice: FreeControls: 2nd gen. Apple TV and newerDownload at iTunes Brings many of the features of the Siri Remote that comes with the 4th gen. Apple TV to the iPhone and allows them to also be used with the 2nd and 3rd gen. models. myTifi remote for Samsung TVPrice: Free, with in-app purchasesControls: Samsung Smart TVsDownload at iTunes Offers all standard Samsung TV controls for Smart TV models from 2010-present; includes an Apple Watch app and iCloud syncing across devices. Peel Smart RemotePrice: Free app; paid hardwareControls: over 400,000 TVs, set-top boxes, audio systems, game consoles, and moreDownload at iTunes The remote app is free and will work with some devices; for full compatibility with the largest set of devices, you need to buy the $50 Peel Pronto remote receiver. Buy at Amazon. Roku Price: FreeControls: Roku set-top boxesDownload at iTunes Think of this as the Apple TV Remote app, but for Roku devices. Xfinity TV RemotePrice: FreeControls: Comcast set-top boxesDownload at iTunes Requires Xfinity TV or Comcast Digital Video service, Comcast ID or email, plus a compatible set-top box. Browse listings, change channels, schedule DVR recording, and more. Computer Remotes AirMotePrice: $1.99Controls: iTunes, Front Row, Keynote, QuickTime, iPhoto Only works on a Mac; hasn't been updated in years so may have been abandoned by the developer. jfControlPrice: $ 2.99Controls: iTunes, Front Row, DVDs, Keynote, Finder, videoDownload at iTunes Connects over Wi-Fi; requires Mac OS X 10.4 and higher; hasn't been updated in years so may have been abandoned by the developer. Official Kodi RemotePrice: FreeControls: Kodi Media Center, XBMC versions 11-14Download at iTunes Controls Kodi Media Center software, as well as recent versions of XBMC. PlexPrice: Free, with in-app purchasesControls: Plex Media ServerDownload at iTunes Controls Plex Media Server software, and can support offline sync of content, streaming on iOS, and more. RowmotePrice: $0.99, with in-app purchasesControls: macOS, Plex, XBMCDownload at iTunes Controls both the OS and many Apple and third-party apps.