One of my favorite things about the iOS iPod app is the fact that you can control the music from almost anywhere. You can pause or play tracks from the in-line remote, the lock screen, and even in the multitasking bar.

Jailbreaking opens up several other possibilities with utilities like Activator and SBSettings. But if all of these options weren’t enough, you now have another tweak to consider. HomeScreenMusic gives you access to iPod controls right on your springboard…

The design is so simple, I can’t believe it hasn’t been done with other utilities. HomeScreenMusic is a single icon that can be placed anywhere on your springboard. Tapping it both starts and pauses your music, and holding it down reveals back/forward track controls.

My one issue with this tweak is that the “Instructions” window seemed to pop up every time I tapped the icon. Not only is it annoying, it disables the play/pause function. Although it clearly states “This message will not be shown again,” that just wasn’t the case.

I like the idea of an icon-based widget that exposes other controls, and aside from the glitch, HomeScreenMusic is a decent utility. It’s small in size, doesn’t affect battery life, and is a free download. Check it out for yourself, it’s available in Cydia via the BigBoss repo.

What do you think of HomeScreenMusic? Did you see the same issue?

  • Harsh atel

    I love this tweak…one of the best tweak..
    I was waiting for something like this…
    I knew that there will be something like this in near future when “MusicIcon” came out..
    🙂

  • NPK06

    Nice tweak. For the best look, I have to download Iconoclasm (so it’s centered) and gridlock (so when the rewind/forward buttons appear, they don’t mask any icon)

  • Pam

    Well it’s about damn time somebody did this! 😉

  • Rick

    It’s nice, but I personally don’t have a reason to use this considering I have activator to do this kinda thing with my volume buttons (Ex. Hold the up goes to next track).

  • Rob

    I personally use activator on my volume buttons
    Dawn Up= next track
    Up Dawn = previous track
    Short hold + = pause/play

  • Rob

    I personally use activator on my volume buttons
    Dawn Up= next track
    Up Dawn = back track
    Short hold + = pause/play

    • Chris

      I’ve said it before but i’ll say it again lol, I use springtomize and set my switcher to show music controls first and then set up a gesture to access switcher which for me is to swipe my status bar left, hey presto, music controls that imo look better and more native than the tweak.

  • Rob

    Fix that plz

  • Saltb0x

    li would use activator when using a app/game.. & when on lockscreen i would use the deafult 2 times home button tap for this. 🙂 but it is a good & decent tweak & free…

  • It’s awesome….I an useing it now !

  • Aquilono

    This tweek works perfectly. I do not get the “Instructions” window popping up at all (apart from the very first time I used the icon). I would like to get the icon to sit dead in the middle of my springboard on the 4th row whilst the other icons remain in the standard 4X4 format. Something like this: o o o o
    o o o o
    o o o o
    o
    I already use Gridlock and I’ve tried different Iconoclasm addons but I can’t customize the single icon at the bottom. Any ideas?

  • Aquilono

    Sorry my layout was supposed to look like this:
    o o o o
    o o o o
    o o o o
    – – o- –

    o = the springboard icons!

  • Stark

    nothing beats activator