[Review] Music Widget (For Dashboard X)
If you checked out our review of Dashboard X
, the new iOS widget management platform for iOS by iOS developer Ori Kadosh, then take a peek at another free Dashboard X-exclusive widget, which is also by Ori Kadosh
. The new widget is Music Widget and it can be used to control your music from your home screen and even display the album artwork to brighten up your home screen.
The music widget is exclusively for Dashboard X, so it wonít work with Notification Center the way that iOSí widgets do. Conversely, most if not all Notification Center widgets will work with Dashboard X. The music widget's controls are simple Ė offering three music control buttons, you can move forward and back through your songs and also pause and play music. Apart from the album artwork, the widget also shows you the name of the song at the bottom of the widget in white text.
Whatís great about this Dashboard X widget is that itís not bogged down to simply the Music application that Apple loads onto every iOS device. Instead, you can freely use any music application you want such as Spotify, Pandora, or Grooveshark as some examples. The only restriction it has is requiring iOS 5. Like all Dashboard X widgets, the widget works on iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
The widget has no options to configure, however you can enable and disable the widget at any time by deleting it from the home screen and then holding down on an empty spot on the home screen to bring up the widget-enabling interface again.
Graphically, the widget looks very nice on the home screen. It includes a semi-transparent border around the album artworks and since Dashboard X auto-aligns the widgets to the center of the screen, you donít have to worry about it appearing on the screen awkwardly. Since the widget is free, if you like listening to music and you own Dashboard X, then this widget is a great addition to the platform and seems to work perfectly.
Music Widget (for Dashboard X)
iOS 5, Dashboard X
Developer: Ori Kadosh
Sources: Ori Kadosh