Saurik’s new jailbreak tweak lets you queue up music in the stock Music app

By , Mar 15, 2013

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It’s fairly rare when the mastermind behind Cydia decides to create his own jailbreak tweak, but when he does, the masses take note. That’s exactly what happened when Cyueue was dropped in Cydia recently. Cyueue is a new jailbreak tweak from Saurik, which adds a new queueing option in the stock Music app.

If you’re throwing a house party, then Cyueue is the perfect answer for you. It allows you to keep the current song playing, while still queueing up the records you’d like to hear next. Take a look inside to see how it works.

As you can see, with Cyueue installed, you get new options to Play Now, Play Next, or Play Last. Play Now works just like the Music app does without Cyueue installed, in that it will immediately stop playing the current song, and go to the song you want to play. Play Next, will queue your song up to play right after the current song is finished. Play Last will place the song you select at the end of your Queue. Once you get used to the way Cyueue works, you can use double tap gestures to quickly enable the Play Now, Play Next, or Play List items.

As you might guess, Cyueue uses a playlist to manage its queue, and this playlist can be seen by venturing over to the Playlist section of the Music app. The difference with the Cyueue playlist when compared to other playlists, is that the Cyueue playlist is totally dynamic. It clears itself out each time you start a new Music listening section; that way, you don’t have old songs from your prior listening session in the same playlist.

Cyueue Queue
Cyueue uses a dynamic playlist to manage your queue

If you’re ever having a party, or even a small social gathering, then Cyueue can help in a major way when it comes to keeping folks entertained. No longer will you have to suffer through the jarring experience of switching to a new song while in the middle of another song. Cyueue can make you a better MC.

Why did Saurik decide to take on this project? He answers via the tweak’s Cydia description:

In April of 2012, iOS 5.1 had been out over a month with no jailbreak in sight. It is at times like this when there is suddenly time to “build new things”.

Usually, I spend that time building new developer tools or working on new features of the Cydia payment backend system, but I got the itch to Substrate.

After doing some research into “what would users actually want to see”, I came across a pattern of users having issues with the iPod/Music application.

In fact, every few weeks, people had been asking for the same extension: a way to queue songs up without having to stop your currently playing song.

Of course, I didn’t actually know much about the iPod/Music app’s internals, so I needed to spend some time first improving my development tools ;P (dusting off my old “Aspective-C”).

Fate, however, was not kind to this project: just before I was able to get it all put together, my time was stolen by the release of Rocky Racoon, the iOS 5.1.1 untether exploit; pulled out of the moment, I never managed to return.

To this day, people ask for this very feature, and it has been burning on my mind (nay, my soul) that I had never released the project: I couldn’t stand it.

Meanwhile, the demand behind this concept has only increased: instead of once every few weeks, I see this idea come up a few times every week.

Of course, in the world of iOS hacks, code often rots; but I found my old designs and prototypes: amazingly, everything was still working on iOS 6.1.

Finishing this project and getting it out was thereby cathartic: extracting a dangling thread from my mind that was bothering me every day for a year.

Some interesting insight into what makes Saurik tick. Whatever your opinions about him are, you certainly can’t deny the guy’s passion for this stuff.

There are no options to configure, no app icons, etc. Just install the tweak from Cydia’s default repo, and you’re good to go. Cyueue is $2.49 on Cydia. Not only is it an excellent tweak, it’s a great way to show your support for Saurik, considering all of the hard work he has put in over the years. Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000603361739 Osama Muhammed

    That’s what i was looking for !! i was jealous for seeing this feature on computer itunes and not iOS

  • Adil Hussain

    I was literally thinkin iOS 6 should have had this when the new iTunes released! Great work Saurik :)

    Edit: Though you should mention how many ‘Play Nexts’ you can do

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      yes great work

  • http://twitter.com/notoriousTEG tim

    too bad there’s no iPad compatibility (yet?).

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      that is odd

    • Al

      I actually emailed Saurik regarding an iPad version of this.. He mention that he will look over it this weekend.

      Definitely looking forward to it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    fantastic and silky smooth tweak .. these are the things the OS needs to have as standard but apple likes to leave out and save for later…

    I dont play MP3s on my iPad or iPhone but my iPad touch 4G 64GB is a pure music player that will really benefit form this tweak

  • pauleebe

    Shocked 6.1 didn’t include this.

    Using a playlist kind of gives this functionality though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

      Not on-the-fly like this however.

  • Guest

    What repo is this under?

    • http://twitter.com/TKlapatch Tony Klapatch

      Saurik’s “Cydia” repo.

  • http://twitter.com/andykan Andy Kan

    Omg I was just thinking when was Apple going to implement this into iOS!

  • http://twitter.com/nmPraveen Praveen

    Where is your usual video?

    • Jeff

      It’s there now.

      • RarestName

        You listen to Chinese music?

        (Y)

  • Damian W

    such a great tweak.

  • http://twitter.com/Reelin101 Aaron Markell

    I think tapping the song normally should play it while holding it down for a second should bring up the option to play it next.

    • bloodshed

      well said, or it can be added as an option.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diego-Milano/629446773 Diego Milano

      Glad to see I’m not the only one.
      Saurik may be adding more features to allow customization. He’s taking suggestions so feel free to email him, including the fact single tapping may suit better to other people as well (sorry DJs out there).
      I recommended Swiping left or right and also Tap & Hold. I’m sure he’ll add more stuff to it.

      Good job Saurik. Like these messages so they are visible! :)

      • Hileropod

        Hitler was nice.

    • http://twitter.com/EnriquetaBrasin Enriqueta Brasini

      up to I looked at the receipt which had said $9374, I didn’t believe that my sister woz really bringing in money in their spare time online.. there neighbor started doing this 4 only twenty one months and resantly cleard the morgage on their appartment and purchased Land Rover Defender. read more at,……… BIT40.ℂom

  • http://twitter.com/mrluisgustavo L.Gustavo

    Nice work!

  • http://twitter.com/Beef_In_It BeefInIt

    Does it work with iOS 5.1.1?

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

      Why are people even on 5.1.1 still? I don’t get it.

      • RarestName

        First generation iPads.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

        Ah, that makes sense, but I’ll never understand why people cling to iOS 5.1.1 on devices that support iOS 6.x

      • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

        My battery life is way better on IOS 5.1.1 than IOS 6.X that’s why.

      • The Latinist

        People on 5.1.1 with saved hashes can restore to 5.1.1 if necessary and save their jailbreaks. Those of us on 6.1 will lose our jail breaks if we have to restore to 6.1.3. It why I almost chose not to upgrade.

      • Guest

        Dude, what you say makes no sense at all. Go get some education.

      • The Latinist

        I have plenty of education, thank you, and what is more I know what I’m talking about. People with A5 and earlier devices can restore their phones to 5.1.x using saved SHSH BLObs as long as they do NOT upgrade to 6.x. This feature of Redsn0w guarantees that anyone at 5.1.x cannot lose their ability to jailbreak no matter what Apple does. Once 6.1.3 is released, those of us who have upgraded to 6.1.x will lose this ability to restore to a jail breakable firmware. Even if we have our SHSH BLObs saved for 6.1 or 6.1.2, that is no longer enough to allow us to restore to those firmwares. If we have to restore, we will be forced to go to 6.1.3 and lose the ability to use the evad3rs jailbreak. I won’t criticize anyone who chooses that security over the few features in iOS 6.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

      Yes; if it wasn’t, you wouldn’t be able to buy it.

  • Dlevi309

    I love how Saurik has the right to put “Cy” in front of everything.

    • http://twitter.com/x_rus_x Vitaliy Anonymous

      It’s like Apple putting i before before everything.

  • czbird

    Quite overpriced :-(

    • bloodshed

      nothing is too much for saurik’s eyes :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061961790 Ian Jackson

      Not really; if you’ve never donated, buy it. We owe Saurik so much more than 2.49. He CREATED Cydia and gave jailbreaking a central hub that we can all enjoy, pirate repo or not… Buy it, don’t pirate it.

      • czbird

        I don’t like mixing things up. I surely can express my gratitude for Cydia by a separate donation, but I certainly do not approve the suggested approach “buy it just because it’s Saurik’s work”. There is no such justification. Would you buy it if it was for $9.99 or $14.99? I think you see my point :-)

    • Adrian

      Overpriced ??? I suppose you like your 200-300 eur jailbroken idevice…

      • czbird

        So what? How is this related to a tweak that’s not worth its price? This argument is quite silly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeffery-Simms/100000434386430 Jeffery Simms

    Might try this wonder does it do have a crossfade type option to where as the initial song is coming to an end the next song starts to mix into it?

    • http://fb.com/iPhonemod iPhonemods

      i waiting for this kind of tweak to
      turn Music app can play Cross-fade like iTunes :)

      • Jeffery Simms

        My thoughts exactly, similar to the LouderLogic app.

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    Anyone else think this should be called ‘Cyqueue’ instead of ‘Cyueue.’? Or maybe he is trying to make you say ‘queue’ by spelling it Cyueue.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

      I was wondering this myself. Not sure how to pronounce it.

    • http://twitter.com/Cesuva Matthew

      It’s pronounced “queue”

  • asdlb4

    Love to see an option to add current song playing to a running playlist.

  • murph

    Great tweak! Suggestion:
    (Play Now)
    (Play Next)
    (…Play Next)
    (Play Last)
    (Clear Que)
    Swiping left to access these. The (…play next) would build the que.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645816319 Dominique Choo

    This option should have been available right from the birth of the iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/D_r_G_r_e_g Greg S

    I’m over this. Just got it. Gonna love it!!

  • Martin Polák

    Can anybody tell me if is there an option for something like swipe to show menu? I’m talking about old style “tap and play” and this tweak only as an special option. Will it work like this?

  • http://twitter.com/newmac newmac

    It’s prolly pronounced “Queue”

    • waisybabu

      Just like Cydia is announced Qidia?

  • http://twitter.com/zzecool zzecool ♔

    This is Jeff with iDownloadBlog

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ian-Woodward/652923975 Ian Woodward

    I’m not big enough into music for this. It’s cool, but almost a guarantee for iOS 7 anyhow.

  • http://twitter.com/adrian_3000 Adrian D.

    SO dope! I use it quite a bit on my desktop and now to have it on my iPhone is suhweet!

  • http://twitter.com/Whooshwhoosh Whoosh

    Absolutely great tweak. Clear, straightforward, very Apple.
    Actually, I think it has always been there and Saurik just uncovered it ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/rnorthboy rnorthboy

    bought the app. but it doesn’t work at all with music controls pro. i guess the 2.50 is a donation. like music control pro too much to delete.

    • http://twitter.com/rnorthboy rnorthboy

      i meant tweak not app

    • http://twitter.com/rnorthboy rnorthboy

      its working with music contol pro now. i don’t know why it didn’t work at first. but it’s good now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kiefferbp Brian Kieffer

    This tweak is great, but it doesn’t work as intended when repeat is on for one song only. Using Cyueue doesn’t disrespect this, so songs being queued do not play unless I manually switch off repeating of one song every time I want to queue up music and then turn it back off when I am done. I emailed saurik about this and he agrees that this is weird. Hopefully he’ll find a solution.

  • Guest

    Does this tweak allow entire albums to be queued?

  • 305iUser

    Peace,

    idownloadblog, you’re awesome! Saurik, thank you. I have a question about this tweak. I have it installed on an iPhone (4S 6.0.1) but it fails to install on an iPad (2 6.0). Says ‘Cannot Comply’, is there a fix for this issue?

    305 iUser

  • Fatimilehin Anuoluwapo

    pronunced cueue i guess, y silent.