Spotify is the fastest growing music service in Western Europe and is soon going to expand to USA, Canada, and other countries. Even through the Spotify desktop app is liked by most users, there is one downside to it – no remote control support. Yes you heard it right, almost everyone wants to control Spotify from his/her iPhone or iPod Touch, but there is no way to do it, until now.
We discovered a rather clever method to control Spotify from any device and it requires SpotifyRemote app(kudos to the developer for releasing this awesome app). Before you read the step-by-step guide, make sure you have the following.
- Spotify installed in Windows.
- iPhone, iPod Touch, Zune or any device that supports WiFi and has a browser.
- Both Computer and Device connected to the same WiFi network.
- Spotify Remote Control app, download it here.
Once you are ready, extract the SpotifyRemote zip archive and copy the folder to a safe location. Run SpotifyRemote.exe file, select the port(default is 8080) and minimize it to the taskbar.
Note: If you want to test it, click the Test button. It is perfectly fine to close the browser later after you have tested it.
Now open Command Prompt by typing cmd in either Start Search or RUN dialog box. In command prompt, type ipconfig and scroll all the way up to find your computer’s IP address.
Now launch the browser in iPhone, iPod Touch, Zune, or any of your favorite device and type:
[IPAddress] : [Port]
Since my IP Address is 192.168.1.104 and port is 8080, I will type 192.168.1.104:8080 in my browser and hit Go. It will then load a simple interface from where you can control basic playback settings such as Play, Pause, Next Track, and Previous Track.
Note: It also shows the music that is currently playing, but you cannot see it in the above screenshot because Spotify is not yet available in my country. 🙁
Thanks to this simple setup, you can now control the music in Spotify even when you are not near your computer. For more, also check out Spotify Recorder that downloads song in mp3 format. Enjoy!