[Review] NcMusic - Easy Music Controls From Notification Center
There are always new jailbreak tweaks revealing themselves in Cydia for controlling your music, but this one has to be one of the most limited. Dubbed NcMusic
by iOS developer Fllotouch
, the tweak allows you to play music or navigate through your music playing from the iPod interface via two buttons in the bottom center of Notification Center; play and next.
While the idea behind the tweak is a valid one – trying to make music controls easier to get to – Notification Center just isn’t cut out for music controls, but rather for notifications. Additionally, the tweak falls short of features. The next button is limited as it forces you to move forward through your music and not in reverse. Fortunately, the play button will also pause the music if you tap it a second time.
On a positive note, NcMusic works with many different music applications including Spotify, Pandora, and Grooveshark. The only downfall is that NcMusic tries to default to the stock Music application and the only way to get NcMusic to respond to your third party application is to manually start a song and then begin using NcMusic shortly after. If you quit your third party music application via the mutlitasking App Switcher, as in completely close out of the application, NcMusic will re-default back to the stock Music application.
Functionally, it can be difficult to tap on the little buttons as if you goof up, Notification Center will close instead. The controls do work as advertised. In terms of appearance, the buttons aren’t eye candy, but they’re also not entirely hideous. For a free jailbreak tweak, you may want to give it a shot if you want an easier way to control your music. For most, opening the App Switcher and swiping to the left will get this job done just as fast.