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  • Add Banner Notifications For Music App In iOS 5 With NowListening


    For those of you who have a jailbroken iOS device, you have probably noticed that despite all the notification options, you donít have any for music. If you use the Music app on your iOS device and background it, youíll notice that you wonít be able to check what song is playing unless you go back to the Music app to see which song is on. This isnít the case anymore though with NowListening, a new jailbreak tweak for iOS 5. This tweak allows you to receive banner notifications whenever your Music app begins playing a new song.

    The tweak aims to provide users with a handy feature without disturbing you while listening to songs on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It shows you the current playing song at the top of the notification bar on your iOS device. This way you donít have to tap on the Home button, go back to the Music app. You can click on the notification if youíd like to quickly change songs as well. Unfortunately, there isnít any default option that allows you to enable this function on iOS 5, so you need to have a jailbroken iOS device to enable music banner notifications.

    One of the downsides to the app is that it only supports the Music app, so if you are using other apps for music such as Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, etc. then you are out of luck for now. For those of you whoíd still like to use the tweak for the Music app, you can download NowListening from Cydia under the BigBoss repo. The tweak is free so it might be worth picking up even if you seldom use the Music app. Just a quick note, once you the install the app, it works as mentioned, there are no settings or icons that will be added to your springboard.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Add Banner Notifications for Music App In iOS 5 With NowListening started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      This is cool, but i don't fully understand how it works. Does It just show up when the song changes? or is it there permanently? Or do you have to do some action to make it show up? Someone please explain. thanks.
    1. Akshay Masand's Avatar
      Akshay Masand -
      It works like any other banner notification. When a song is first played, it shows up for a few seconds, then disappears (just the way the banner notifications work if you receive new mail).
    1. Aenima133's Avatar
      Aenima133 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Akshay Masand View Post
      It works like any other banner notification. When a song is first played, it shows up for a few seconds, then disappears (just the way the banner notifications work if you receive new mail).
      Oh cool! I'll definitely be getting that.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Please give credit to the author of this tweak!

      This tweak shows up only when the song switches.
    1. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aenima133 View Post
      This is cool, but i don't fully understand how it works. Does It just show up when the song changes? or is it there permanently? Or do you have to do some action to make it show up? Someone please explain. thanks.
      I believe it's the same as the default notifications. It just pops up when the song changes and goes away after a few seconds.

      edit: my bad, the other comments weren't showing up so I thought there wasn't a reply.
    1. Devante's Avatar
      Devante -
      Shows up when playing video (at least internet video). Even if you pause and unpause.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aenima133 View Post
      This is cool, but i don't fully understand how it works. Does It just show up when the song changes? or is it there permanently? Or do you have to do some action to make it show up? Someone please explain. thanks.
      I'd hope it's not permament. That would be terrible. Drop down is ok. Pop-up when the song changes can be equally annoying, truth be told. If I am in the middle of browsing the web or doing anything productive while listeding to music I sure wouldn't want that popping up every song.
    1. nbsmatambo's Avatar
      nbsmatambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aenima133 View Post
      This is cool, but i don't fully understand how it works. Does It just show up when the song changes? or is it there permanently? Or do you have to do some action to make it show up? Someone please explain. thanks.
      It seems like it appears when a new song starts
    1. zakspop's Avatar
      zakspop -
      Hmm. I don't see the point. I know what every song I have on my phone is by the first few second of playing. If it would work with Pandora though, then you'll have something. Does it work with Pandora?
    1. ivan1.ruiz's Avatar
      ivan1.ruiz -
      I got this as soon as I read this article. Great little tweak
    1. Tucnepo's Avatar
      Tucnepo -
      Personally I don't think this benefits me but the benefits of jailbreaking your idevices are having the options of. Install what every tweaks and apps you want and mod your device to your likings. may you find this thing useful
    1. Greywind's Avatar
      Greywind -
      I'll be downloading this tweak but i sure hope they add more music apps soon...course i dont know how hard it would be to get that info it might not be possible but here is hoping hehe
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Quote Originally Posted by zakspop View Post
      Hmm. I don't see the point. I know what every song I have on my phone is by the first few second of playing. If it would work with Pandora though, then you'll have something. Does it work with Pandora?
      I certainly don't know the name of every track on my 64GB iPhone so finding it pretty cool at the moment