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  • [Review] MusicGestures - Gestures for Controlling Your Music


    The renowned Music application, found on all iOS 5 iDevices, is an awesome way to listen to all of your favorite music. Being that itís already great, itís challenging to think of ways to improve it. With a rather new jailbreak tweak dubbed MusicGestures by iOS developer Chris Kant, itís possible to make that music experience even better.

    MusicGestures gets all of its glory by making the Music application a gesture-based Music player. You still have the option to use the buttons if you prefer to, although with this tweak you can perform gestures such as swiping, pinching, or tapping. Not only does it work in the main view of the Music application (front album cover), but it also works in back album cover view. If you arenít sure what that means, the diagram below shows the distinction between both views:



    After installing MusicGestures, you will find a straightforward, but extensive preferences section for it in the Settings application. With these preferences, you can assign the different gestures with their own actions. There are more gestures than there are actions, so you will not use every gesture, however you will probably use every action. Additionally, each of these gestures and actions gets assigned twice Ė once for the front album cover view and once for the back album cover view. You can mix and match them however you want to and you can assign each action more than once if you like.

    The gestures you can use:
    • swipe up
    • swipe down
    • swipe left
    • swipe right
    • single tap
    • double tap
    • triple tap
    • pinch

    The actions you can assign to each gesture:
    • disabled (do nothing)
    • previous track
    • next track
    • play or pause
    • flip to back album cover view
    • exit now playing
    • toggle information overlay



    While I would personally rather use the buttons that Apple has etched into the Music applicationís interface, these gesture-based controls are pretty fun to use. This implementation of iPod controls would be best suited for the Music application if it were a full-screen application and the buttons were not already there and operational. These controls do not work on the lock screen when you are playing a song and they only work with the Apple Music application and with no other kind of music player for iOS.

    MusicGestures works with iOS 4 and iOS 5 and runs on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It is an open source project with its source code available here.

    Name: MusicGestures
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.1
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Chris Kant
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    Sources: Cydia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] MusicGestures - Gestures for Controlling Your Music started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. dallasnights's Avatar
      dallasnights -
      Does this only work with the Ipod on teh iphone or does it work with all music apps like Spofity, Rdio, etc
      Thanks
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by dallasnights View Post
      Does this only work with the Ipod on teh iphone or does it work with all music apps like Spofity, Rdio, etc
      Thanks

      Source: Article.
    1. buttamix's Avatar
      buttamix -
      This would be good for the gym especially while wearing an armband
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      "they only work with the Apple Music application and with no other kind of music player for iOS."
    1. phoenix3200's Avatar
      phoenix3200 -
      Quote Originally Posted by buttamix View Post
      This would be good for the gym especially while wearing an armband
      Shameless self-promotion: Music Controls Pro lets you use gestures even when the screen is off.
    1. Paco's Avatar
      Paco -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenix3200 View Post
      Shameless self-promotion: Music Controls Pro lets you use gestures even when the screen is off.
      But needs wifi for it to work
    1. phoenix3200's Avatar
      phoenix3200 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pancho paco View Post
      But needs wifi for it to work
      Only the trial requires an active internet connection.
    1. iShoppell's Avatar
      iShoppell -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenix3200 View Post
      Shameless self-promotion: Music Controls Pro lets you use gestures even when the screen is off.
      MCPro is the ONLY way to control your music. This is a staple in my list of tweaks, and can't imagine not having it. When I first read about this tweak it only seemed to me like a knock-off of phoenix3200 work. Phoenix3200 work is solid!
    1. Jacobh4's Avatar
      Jacobh4 -
      The iPad already has gestures on iOS 5. So does it add more freedom to it?