Only for a brief shining moment in my teen years when we were using Direct TV did I ever manage to actually maintain a fully functional universal remote. Several years ago our VCR/DVD combo remotes both puked when it came to the ‘Play’ button, so I purchased a little universal do-daddy to avoid trips to the TV after a brief pause. It worked for about five minutes before reprogramming was needed and that is the sum story of its life.
So why the rant?
My Windows 8 PC from HP has a remote app (second from left on upper row in screen grab) you can install on your iTouch or iPhone (and possibly Android device at this point). This “universal” remote lets you play the media on your iPod through your bluetooth capable computer with just a couple of clicks. This is particularly handy for me because my iPod has songs on it that didn’t reload into iTunes on my newer PC, so the only way I can play them over the speakers without great difficulty is with this dandy remote.
I know that a lot of other people with Apple TV or smart TVs that can communicate with devices also enjoy these features on a larger scale. It takes having a universal remote to a whole new level.
We haven’t yet made the jump to a flat screen TV, but when we do, I will be certain that we find a decent model with capabilities in this general range. It is too handy to be able to transfer media from one device to another without cables or portable drives.
Who needs an old-fashioned universal remote with all of this new-fangled technology?