‘ColorLock’ adds an iTunes 11 inspired effect to your iPhone’s Lock screen

By , Mar 4, 2013

ColorLock Mos Def

I just got through covering MultiDock, and to be honest I wasn’t very impressed with it. But another jailbreak tweak from the same developer really holds some serious promise. The tweak, entitled ColorLock, is currently making its rounds on Reddit, as it has not been released on any of Cydia’s stock repos thus far.

ColorLock allows you to have an iTunes 11 inspired effect on the iPhone’s Lock screen, while playing music from the stock Music app. It basically causes the background color of the Lock screen to match the hue of the now playing album artwork, similar to the way that iTunes 11 displays a hue that matches the album art for the music you play.

Make no mistake about it, this is a jailbreak tweak that’s innovative and holds a lot of potential. Check out some additional screenshots and information inside…

ColorLock Melody

Once installed, there are no settings to configure, but the developer states that he’s still “contemplating what [he’s] going to do with it,” so that could change in the future. My wish is that the developer tightens up the tweak, adds some settings, and above all, adds support for Spotify, since I use it way more often than the stock Music app.

I’m finding the tweak to be quite buggy in its current iteration. I’ve tried it on my iPhone 5 and my iPod touch, and although it works sporadically, it has caused the devices to lock up a few times. I’ve also found that the effect doesn’t always work when I lock my device. That’s not a knock against this tweak, as the developer states that it’s still in development. In other words, your mileage may vary when using ColorLock.

I really hope that the developer dedicates his resources to ColorLock, because I think it has sincere promise. I certainly prefer it over something like MultiDock. In fact, I’d be willing to pay $0.99 for a finished ColorLock, easily.

ColorLock Wyclef

If you’re interested in seeing ColorLock officially come to Cydia in a finished state, then hit up the Reddit thread, and let the developer know. You can also download ColorLock to try out for yourself if you’re feeling froggy. Beware, though, of the aforementioned bugs I pointed out above.

What do you think about ColorLock?

Thanks to Jamie Tilden for pointing this out.

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  • It sadly doesn’t work with ayecon installed.

  • I think you mean ColorLock in the link at the end.

    • Jeff

      Thank you.

  • Noob moment: how do you download it from that db file?

    • Safari DL Manager + iFile 🙂

      • Sorry for being so bad at this lol. What do I do when it’s in iFile?

      • You don’t need Safari DL Manager in this case. As long as you have iFile, you should get an “Open in iFile” button once the file is downloaded. Then once it opens in iFile just select “Installer”. Once that’s done just respring.

      • Thank you so, so much!!!!! 🙂

      • You’re welcome 😉

  • Yesss! Glad to say that I recommended this tweak on Jeff’s “Perfect iPad” article today. Even more glad that it’s getting some press time! Great tweak.

    • Jeff

      I credited you for the info. Thanks Jamie.

  • This is kinda like CarTunes

  • iTunes does this? Hehehe I think that I was missing the experience by using it just to listen the music 😛

  • nice… you listen to melody/m-flo joint.

  • Jeff love you taste in music. m-flo yee yee

  • Does the hue only work in iTunes 11 for Mac OSX? I’m on Windows and mine stays the stupid ugly grey.

    • bob

      It works on Windows.