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Apple working on iPhone music controller while iTunes marches on to world domination

Apple is rumoured to be preparing a new iPhone application called iControl which would allow Apple's phone to access local iTunes libraries wirelessly and seamlessly manage media like a wireless remote control.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (opens in new tab) was told by an anonymous source that the application will allow the user to "view videos, play podcasts, listen to music and allow shuffle playback".

Apple developers or licenced third parties could also be developing a similar application which would make use of the iPhone wireless capabilities and could also work as a home automation device and an Apple TV remote.

A Russian website has also provided with more details (opens in new tab) on the iControl app bundle saying that it is a single localization text file only.

In related news, the editor of Digital Music News (opens in new tab) reckons that iTunes may capture up to a quarter of the Worldwide music market by 2012 having already sold 4 billion songs already since it was launched five years ago.

iTunes is already installed on nearly 30 percent of all PC worldwide, far ahead of Firefox browser for example and this is bound to increase as the younger generation prefers to purchase digital versions of music tracks.

In the long run, Apple could get much more ambitious and sideline the music industry by becoming an all encompassing online music industry, leveraging on its brand name and existing infrastructure.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.