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  • [Review] Jukebox - A Beautiful Music Widget


    Music plays a large part of iOS – unfortunately, the ability to control your Music is limited to what Apple finds sufficient. A new Notification Center widget brings music controls to Notification Center with a great-looking interface. The widget, dubbed Jukebox by iOS developer aricha, can be found in Cydia's ModMyi today for 99˘. You can see the widget in the screenshot example above.

    The information shown by the widget includes the length of the song, which is shown in the top right hand corner, the song name, album, and artist. You can also see the album art in the left side of the widget.

    By tapping on a small play button in the bottom right hand corner of the widget, you’ll bring up a collapsible iPod controls strip, which includes all of your basic controls including play and pause, next and back, and shuffle and repeat buttons. Swiping on the stripe reveals a Tweet song button, music application shortcut, and volume slider. If you don't reveal the strip, you can use swipe and tap gestures – swiping side to side switches tracks and double-tapping plays or pauses the music. Holding down on the widget launches the Music application.

    The unfortunate part about the widget is that is currently doesn’t support third party music applications such as Spotify, Pandora, and Grooveshark. However, support for these applications is over half complete and the developer hopes to have a release ready within a week or two. For now, iOS users will have to use this widget with only the stock iOS Music application.

    The widget has no options to configure, however you can enable and disable the widget any time that you like to by simply moving it in and out of Notification Center from the Notifications preferences pane and shown below:



    If you listen to a lot of music, this widget could be a good asset to have. It works fully with Dashboard X on all iOS devices.

    Name: Jukebox
    Price: 99˘
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: ModMyi
    Developer: aricha
    Editor's Rating: / 3.5/5

    Sources: Cydia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] Jukebox - A Beautiful Music Widget started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. willryan42's Avatar
      willryan42 -
      Only suggestion I have is to minimize the space the widget takes up when it's not playing anything (i.e. when it says "No song playing"). It takes up a pretty decent amount of space in NC...
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Also, I've noticed theres a bug when using it through Lockinfo, in that the control bar doesn't respond to taps. The info portion responds to taps just fine, just not the media control do not respond. Tapping on the info area will hide and show the control area just fine, but once exposed, the media controls do not register any taps I make, other than the button I'm tapping on flashing every-other tap as if it picked it up, but it's action never triggers.

      It does work in the NC if I turn off the Infoshade-in-NC mode and revert to the normal NC, however, but it really would be nice to get this working in Lockinfo's interface (Infoshade), which allows it to work from the Lockscreen and be among the Lockinfo-only widgets I have.
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Quote Originally Posted by znbl View Post
      Could anyone kindly testify how this compares to Music Controls Pro (of which I enjoy the swiping features of), or if it's possible to use them in conjunction? It should be possible since one could turn off the player controls in the Notication Center for MC Pro and use the ones from Jukebox, allowing the MC Pro swipes to still work. I will give this a try sometime, I'm just wondering if someone already has, though. Thanks.
      Mc pro doesn't work on 5.1.1 though
    1. aricha's Avatar
      aricha -
      Quote Originally Posted by alanjf View Post
      Also, I've noticed theres a bug when using it through Lockinfo, in that the control bar doesn't respond to taps. The info portion responds to taps just fine, just not the media control do not respond. Tapping on the info area will hide and show the control area just fine, but once exposed, the media controls do not register any taps I make, other than the button I'm tapping on flashing every-other tap as if it picked it up, but it's action never triggers.

      It does work in the NC if I turn off the Infoshade-in-NC mode and revert to the normal NC, however, but it really would be nice to get this working in Lockinfo's interface (Infoshade), which allows it to work from the Lockscreen and be among the Lockinfo-only widgets I have.
      I've fixed this bug already for the next update, it'll be out in 1-2 weeks (along with third-party app support!).

      Quote Originally Posted by znbl View Post
      Could anyone kindly testify how this compares to Music Controls Pro (of which I enjoy the swiping features of), or if it's possible to use them in conjunction? It should be possible since one could turn off the player controls in the Notication Center for MC Pro and use the ones from Jukebox, allowing the MC Pro swipes to still work. I will give this a try sometime, I'm just wondering if someone already has, though. Thanks.
      Well I won't comment on the comparison, seeing as I'm kinda biased, but I can tell you that they will work together well enough. Be warned though, having multiple music tweaks installed with Jukebox will likely cause some lag, especially when swiping to switch songs. This is kind of inevitable - I tried really hard to make sure Jukebox is as lightweight as possible (it does most things in the background), but some other tweaks are not quite as lightweight, especially Music Controls Pro. They should work fine together, but just be aware that there can be lag as a result.
    1. Taniban's Avatar
      Taniban -
      Does anyone know how Jukebox compares with MusicCenter?