With iOS, when you are listening to music through your headphones, the music will pause when you unplug the headphones. This is a safety feature to keep your music from loudly leaking through your speakers after your headphones are unplugged either on purpose or by mistake. This being the case, have you ever noticed that after you plug your headphones back in, the music doesn’t start automatically? You have to manually tap play again to get that music playing for you again.
Coming to the scene to try and make things better is iOS developer thekirbylover who has just released a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Plugication, which will start playing your music again as soon as you plug in your headphones. Plugication will also work with speakers that you connect through your headphone jack, but it will not work with Bluetooth devices. Plugication is compatible with Spotify, Grooveshark, and other music services beyond just the Music application by Apple.
If you have nothing playing and no music applications open, Plugication will start playing your last-played song when you plug in your headphones. This can be both good or bad – good for having a quick shortcut for playing music, but bad because it automatically plays music even if that wasn’t your original intention when plugging in your headphones.
If you’re in the middle of a FaceTime, Skype chat, or other kind of video or voice chat, Plugication will not start playing music in the middle of your call because iOS automatically mutes any music when you start a call of that sort. This means you can confidently attach headphones in the middle of a call to help you hear the other person better without having to worry about distraction noise popping up.
The developer, thekirbylover, has an update coming out for Plugication shortly that will include the following features:
- ability to allow music to continue playing when headphones are disconnected
- ability to blacklist applications that you don't want to play when you plug headphones in
- a volume limit for plugging headphones in so high volume doesn't surprise the user
Plugication is great for the on-the-go music listener looking for a faster way to get their music playing. It will work on any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad with iOS 4 or higher installed on it. Since Plugication is free, you can try it out and see how you like it!
Editor's Rating: 4/5