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08-18-2012, 09:48 PM #1
'SpringMusic' Gives You Back Music Controls When You Can't Get to Them
If you like using tweaks that alter the way your multitasking works, such as CardSwitcher, Multifl0w, or if you’re anticipating the upcoming Dash tweak, then chances are you’re going to be using these multitasking methods rather than the App Switcher. The App Switcher, as we all know, isn’t just for multitasking, but it includes iPod controls. In the event that you use a third party multitasking option and assign it to double-pressing the home button instead of opening the App Switcher, you ultimately lose your iPod controls with it.
A new free jailbreak tweak dubbed SpringMusic by iOS developer Ron Melkhior aims to give you these music controls back with the same feeling that you would get from your iPod controls in the App Switcher. If you use one of the aforementioned multitasking methods or anything similar, this tweak could help you control your music from anywhere by bringing up the common music controls with an Activator action.
The interface opens up with the same animation you would expect from the App Switcher-like music controls. It includes a forward, back, play, pause, and airplay (for certain devices) button and includes the name of the song, artist of the song, and the album the song is in. SpringMusic also throws in a volume bar on the same page for you, which is better than the App Switcher version of the music controls, because the volume bar is actually two swipes to the left in the App Switcher.
SpringMusic works from within applications and from the home screen and when you open it, the interface you are in is slightly darkened to help your eyes focus on the SpringMusic interface. You can exit the interface by pressing the home button or by tapping on the interface you were in. On the lock screen, the tweak will not pop up because music controls are already present on the lock screen when you double-press the home button.
The screenshot below demonstrates setting the Activator action for SpringMusic:
If you don’t listen to a whole lot of music, this tweak probably won’t benefit you. It also wouldn’t make much sense to install it if you use the default App Switcher by Apple to handle your multitasking since the App Switcher already contains these controls. If you need an easier way to control your music, this free tweak has a nice implementation and looks great too.
Requirements: iOS 5
Developer: Ron Melkhior
Editor's Rating: / 3.5/5
08-19-2012, 12:50 AM #2
I haven't seen an audio control tweak that includes a 10 second back/30 second forward function, such as is in the Podcasts app. It would be great to see this implemented in SpringMusic or a similar app.
08-19-2012, 12:33 PM #3
Or just download DirectControl which opens the switcher to the music controls page when music is playing. Then unlike this, you don't have to assign a new gesture to it.
08-19-2012, 06:38 PM #4
Exactly what I was gonna say baRRy!!