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  • [Review] MusicBanners - See When A Song Changes

    Want a banner when your iDevice begins a new song?

    If you have ever wanted to know what song your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad just switched to, then there is a great free jailbreak tweak available on the BigBoss repo by iOS developer and hacker Ryan Petrich dubbed MusicBanners. As you can see from the image above, MusicBanners renders an iOS 5 notification banner with your song information, album artwork, and Music application icon on it. This banner appears every time that a song begins playing on your iDevice, even if one was already playing and it started playing a new song.

    MusicBanners is beautifully integrated into iOS. The way it works is as soon as your device starts playing an audio file, the banner pops up. MusicBanners works with a variety of different music-listening applications including Music, Grooveshark, Spotify, and more. You aren't limited to Apple's Music application by any means, which to me, makes MusicBanners very valuable. Because it uses the iOS 5 banners, you need to be on at least iOS 5 to use MusicBanners. It doesn't have any options to configure, it's one of those plug-and-play tweaks that just works when you install it.

    The response time for MusicBanners is perfect. It doesn't appear too early or too late when a song begins. The banner stays up for the same amount of time that a notification banner for, say Messages, would appear for. Then after some seconds, it disappears on its own. The tweak is very simply but has a very satisfying effect.

    Since it is technically a notification, this tweak isn't for everyone. You have to like getting notifications, or else it could get annoying to you. The popup will appear even if you manually change a song yourself - so you already know what will be playing. When it tells you what is playing. Redundant?

    Overall, I like MusicBanners. Since it is a free tweak, you can't be too picky about it. But, it adds a nice feature to iOS that we never had before. What are your thoughts about MusicBanners? Share in the comments below!

    Name: MusicBanners
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Ryan Petrich
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    Sources: Ryan Petrich
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] MusicBanners - See When A Song Changes started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. Corrupt3Appl3's Avatar
      Corrupt3Appl3 -
      this and weelyrics is a good combo
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Aww heck yeah! I'm gonna download this!
    1. calvin8714's Avatar
      calvin8714 -
      "..adds a nice feature to iOS that we never had before..."

      ehrm... nowlistening? Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - Add Banner Notifications for Music App In iOS 5 With NowListening
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by calvin8714 View Post
      "..adds a nice feature to iOS that we never had before..."

      ehrm... nowlistening? Apple, iPhone and iPad News | ModMyi - Add Banner Notifications for Music App In iOS 5 With NowListening
      Eh, I guess so. But, that one only supports Music.app.
    1. calvin8714's Avatar
      calvin8714 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Eh, I guess so. But, that one only supports Music.app.
      Oh, didn't see that part. Sorry!
    1. anime007's Avatar
      anime007 -
      doesn't work too well on the lockscreen, just a giant bubble which won't go away, until the dev make it list view on the lockscreen i can't really recommend it.
    1. McNight's Avatar
      McNight -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Eh, I guess so. But, that one only supports Music.app.
      I updated NowListening and it does not only support the iPod app
    1. keenpois0n's Avatar
      keenpois0n -
      on the package description of this app, Ryan petrich has a pic of his notification centre and has push notifications of the updates cydia has..if anyone knows the name of this tweak, I'd love to hear from you!
    1. Hankstonia's Avatar
      Hankstonia -
      Nowlistening now supports pandora, grooveshark, etc. Has been for some time now on both iPhone & iPad.
    1. nat130's Avatar
      nat130 -
      Quote Originally Posted by anime007 View Post
      doesn't work too well on the lockscreen, just a giant bubble which won't go away, until the dev make it list view on the lockscreen i can't really recommend it.
      Just go to Settings -> Notifications -> Music -> Turn off "View in Lock Screen".

      Problem solved.
    1. s0ulp1xel's Avatar
      s0ulp1xel -
      Got it the day it came out!
      Keep posting good tweaks from Cydia! I love these reviews, one of the many reasons I joined ModMyi.
    1. whiteshadow3241's Avatar
      whiteshadow3241 -
      I like it, but i wish there was a way to disable it when music is open
    1. anime007's Avatar
      anime007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nat130 View Post
      Just go to Settings -> Notifications -> Music -> Turn off "View in Lock Screen".

      Problem solved.
      i dont even have music in notifications
    1. ncruzpr's Avatar
      ncruzpr -
      Doesn't work with Rhapsody
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Was hoping this would work with GMuisc... and it does! Shocked it's free. I think it's worth at least a buck. By the way, is there a way to disable without deleting?