NowPlaying Status bar

Do you hate it when you’re listening to music, and you can’t remember the name of the song you’re listening to? This might not seem like such a problem with your own music collection, but what if you have a streaming app running in the background?

Sure, you could jump to your music player or podcasting app and check to see what was just playing or check the Lock screen, but that can get to be a pretty big disruption. If you just want to take a peek, install NowPlaying on Status Bar instead…


NowPlaying on Status Bar periodically replaces the status bar clock with the track title and artist name behind the song that’s currently playing. What makes NowPlaying on Status Bar useful is it even works with third-party streaming apps.

While this is a handy feature, NowPlaying on Status Bar doesn’t provide useful information with every streaming app in iTunes. Compatible apps have to be able to provide the track information to the Lock screen in the first place, and some apps just don’t work with it regardless. (8tracks is an example of an app that displays information on the lock screen but doesn’t currently work with the tweak.)

On the bright side, NowPlaying on Status Bar is completely free and available on the BigBoss repo in Cydia.

Since I’m stuck in Canada, I can’t test out the most popular streaming apps on my phone. Does NowPlaying work with your favorite apps? Let me know in the comments section.

  • Works with Spotify

    • It kept showing which song was playing even while the song was paused. I’ll be deleting this thing next time I enter Cydia.

  • ipod app for me, this tweak would be better if you could swipe on the clock to see that was playing. im waiting for a tweak that disables dictation and siri when i mute my phone

    • Mistrjon

      NowListening has been doing just this for me for months. Set to Activator gesture of your choice (Swipe Left on Status Bar for me) and it displays the song title and artist in traditional banner notification form.

      Banner also pops up every time a song changes.

      Working great now on iOS 6.

      Really great tweak!

  • Cool but I prefer my NowListening tweak ! 🙂

  • It’d be nice if this tweak had animations when changing the display.

  • cool!!

  • Liam Mulcahy

    I’m surprised it works with spotify and Jeff didn’t write this

    • Jeff didn’t write this post.

      • Liam Mulcahy

        I know that’s what I said but Jeff loves spotify

      • I know what he means, He just wanted to say that he is surprise that Jeff wasn’t the one who wrote an article about this tweak because he loves spotify. Sorry for my grammar but I just don’t want other to be misunderstood.

    • As I disclosed, I’m Canadian, so I sadly couldn’t verify this. I know for a fact it doesn’t work with 8tracks. 🙁

  • wonderboydave

    music controls pro?

  • Lagu does this already

    • Not outside of Lagu itself.

  • Jack White!!!

  • Aurélie S. Aertgeerts

    Hi! Is there any way to get the title to show on the status bar without jailbreaking?or show it in the notifications? Is there an app for that?