MusicButton is a new jailbreak tweak by iOS developers Brian Olencki & AlcoveDevTeam to hit the Cydia Store on Sunday. It gives you features for browsing and controlling your music from nearly anywhere in iOS, except for the Lock Screen, such as from the Home Screen and from non-music applications.

You might be thinking to yourself, "Control Center, which is built into iOS 7 and iOS 8 out of the box, can already allow you to control your music from anywhere in iOS," but if you look closely, you'll see MusicButton offers music library browsing functionality, as well as music controls, which is something that Control Center does not allow you to do.

The MusicButton interface hovers around in iOS, as shown above. You can set the button to hover around only when media is actually playing, or you can toggle the MusicButton interface on demand with the use of an Activator action.

You can also tap and hold on the MusicButton for a few seconds to enter editing mode, which lets you move the MusicButton anywhere on the screen for your convenience; you know you're in editing mode when you see the little "x" at the bottom of the screen in the first screenshot above. Dragging the MusicButton to the "x" closes the interface, while dragging it and dropping it anywhere else on the screen moves it to that spot.

You'll also see from the interface that there are two main interfaces the one with the browsing controls and the one with the music controls. To access the forward/backward controls, you can slide sideways on the MusicButton to the button that you desire, and then release to toggle that function. For example if you wanted to go back one song, you would drag over to the back button and then release your finger to go back one song, while if you wanted to go forward one song, you would drag over to the forward button and then release your finger to go forward one song.

If you were to drag over to a side, and then down, it would open the browsing interface, which is the larger interface. In this interface, you will see a list of your songs from your music library that you can scroll through. At the top, there is a search bar where you can further narrow your results. A volume slider is also included at the top of the interface for your convenience.

MusicButton adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where there are some options to can configure to your liking:



Here you have the ability to choose an Activator action for showing and hiding the MusicButton interface on demand, as well as using the basic mode or a special dark mode, and even the ability to automatically show MusicButton when media starts playing.

If you're interested in giving MusicButton a go, it's available for $1.49 in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now. Please keep in mind that the library search feature only works with the stock Music application. iOS 7 and iOS 8 are supported; Activator isn't required, but is necessary if you want manual hide/show functionality.

Name: MusicButton
Price: $1.49
Version: 1.0.6-3
Requirements: iOS 7.0-8.1.2
Tested on: iPhone 5 running iOS 8.1.2
Repo: BigBoss
Developer(s): Brian Olencki & AlcoveDevTeam
Editor's Rating:  4/5