Control Spotify on Windows from iOS
Connect your Windows PC to some speakers and control it from anywhere else in your house. This works whether or not you pay for Spotify.
1. Install Remoteless’s “helper” app on your PC. You can download it here, or if a new version has come out since we wrote this tutorial, check for that here. Once you have that installed, the app automatically run when you start Windows, so you won’t need to deal with it in the future. We recommend listening to something in Spotify at this point, because installing software without music playing is a losing proposition.
2. Next, you’ll have to drop three bucks on the Remoteless iOS app. There is currently no Spotify remote control that is available for free on iOS (please let us know if you find one), so there’s really no way around this at the moment. However, if you listen to a lot of Spotify on your computer this is easily worth it — especially considering the cost of traditional hardware remote controls.
3. Run the app and select ‘New Connection.’
4. Find your Spotify username and the name of your computer. In my case, that means eliotvb (my Spotify name) and PHEEDOT (the name of my Windows machine… long story).
5. Boom, you should see your currently-playing song, with the option to skip, pause, rewind, or adjust the volume.
6. When it comes time to play something else, tap the Browse button at the upper right, where you can see your playlists and favorites, as well as searching for any other artist, album, or track on Spotify.
Note: If this screen takes a while to load, as it does for us, there’s a simple fix. Just tap one of the sections at the bottom of the screen, and the list will appear right away.
Another hiccup which we encountered, and which you might not (we know this feature is working for some users): The “Play all of album” and “Play all of Playlist” commands did not appear to be working properly. You can play songs one at a time and skip between already-playing playlists just fine, but if you want to play a whole album or playlist in a row, you might need to walk over to the computer. Evolver.fm has contacted the developer, and we hope to have more on this soon.
7. Check out all the other options by scrolling up and down. See why we like Remoteless so much? It lets you:
- Post your currently playing track to Facebook, Twitter, or email;
- Browse the current track, album, or artist in Spotify;
- Toggle Shuffle and Repeat;
- Find out more about what you’re listening to on Last.fm, Wikipedia or Lyrics.com
- Find similar tracks on MoreTracksLikeThis.com
- Activate radio based on the track via Echofiapp;
- And find new stuff to listen to on Topsify’s popularity charts or Spotifylist’s categorized playlists.
8. You can keep the Remoteless app running on your iPhone, so that you don’t need to start it up from scratch every time you want to control the music. To do this, simply start the app once, then go about your business in your other apps. To access Remoteless in a flash, double tap the Home button on your iOS device and choose Remoteless from the sidescrolling list at the bottom of the screen: