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updated 05:35 pm EDT, Fri June 18, 2010

Ableton holding summer music competition

Remote HD has released a new plugin which allows an Apple TV to be controlled with an Apple handheld, while Ableton has announced the beginning of a music competition for students.

Remote HD has announced the release of a new Apple TV plugin that lets users control the set-top with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. In order to install the software users must first unlock their Apple TV and use an SSH client to transfer required files. After successfully installing Remote Helper, any Apple handheld running the full version of Remote HD can be used to control an Apple TV wirelessly. The mobile app features several methods of controlling an Apple TV, including an Apple-style touch remote, and a Remote View feature that displays a live, touch-enabled view of the Apple TV's display. Users can download the plugin for free from the Remote HD website; the Remote HD app runs for $8 in the App Store.

Ableton holding summer music competition for students

Over the course of the summer Ableton will be holding a music competition, challenging students to work with music and technology. After creating a song, people are asked to upload a recording to SoundCloud and share the track via their favourite social networks. The competition is being broken down into two different age groups: one for students under 15, and one for students aged 15 to 18. The track with the most plays by August 31st will be presented to a jury assigned to select grand prize winners. Prizes for schools and students include an Ableton Live Intro audio production platform, a Novation Launchpad MIDI controller, a Novation NIO 2/4 audio interface, a one-year SoundCloud pro account, and a Loopmasters sample collection.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Remote HD

    So it looks like the only reason you'd want to install Remote HD is if you're already jailbreaking your AppleTV and using apps like Boxee or XBMC on it, and you want to use your iPhone or iPad to control those apps. Otherwise, you'd just use the regular Remote app that Apple distributes on the App Store.

  1. designr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OK. I'm confused....

    This iPhone app doesn't do anything unless you to jailbreak your AppleTV. Huh? How did this app get approved again?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Remote HD works with a variety of Macs, not just an AppleTV.

    The new plug-ins that were released will now allow one to control a jailbroken AppleTV (with various apps, I'm assuming).

    The plug-ins do NOT need to get approved, since they are AppleTV plugins. The Remote HD app got approved because it is a completely legitimate piece of software.

    And I haven't used it, but there may also be good reasons (due to added functionality and capabilities) to use the Remote HD app with non-jailbroken AppleTVs or other devices.

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