How to control the Music app using gestures

By , Feb 3, 2014

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Gesture Music Controls is a recently released jailbreak tweak from developer Pat Sluth. Its purpose is to allow you to control the stock Music app, and other music playing apps using gestures. These gestures can be used within the stock Music app, Lock screen, and from within the Control Center overlay.

Users can play and pause music, skip to the next song, go back to the previous song, and even share the now-playing track via social media. Have a look inside as we step through each of the features offered with Gesture Music Controls.

Once you install Gesture Music Controls, there are no options or anything else to configure. Although the tweak works with third-party music apps, it’s best to start out with the stock Music app, because the stock app features more functionality.

Within the stock Music app, you can use gesture based control to skip songs using a swipe on the song title. You can swipe up on the song title to open up the share sheet to post your now-playing song on social media. You can tap on a song title to play/pause the currently playing song. Lastly, you can tap and hold on a song title to bring up the star ratings feature.

With third-party apps, you have to rely on the Control Center and Lock screen controls. Each of the swipe gestures for the Lock screen and Control Center are exactly the same as they are in the stock Music app, sans the tap and hold gesture to use star ratings.

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Gesture Music Controls removes the buttons needed to use song scrubbing

Although Gesture Music Controls is a neat idea, I don’t like that it removes the ability to use music scrubbing while installed. In fact, it completely eliminates all of the transport control buttons with the idea that you’ll be using gestures full-time instead. It would have been nice if we could have had both.

Gesture Music Controls is not a tweak that I could see myself using on my daily driver, but I’m interested to hear what you think about it. Do you like the idea of using gestures to control your music? Do you think Gesture Music Controls is a well-implemented idea?

If you’d like to try the tweak, head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo where it can be had for $0.99. And be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Framboogle

    The Broncos stood no chance.

    • Colin Steiger

      Idiot

  • leart

    I have a question.. It worth buying a iphone 4 these days anymore?? :)

    • mahe

      no

    • Jonathan

      • leart

        Nice one :))
        By the way, I am thinking to get a ip4 for second phone and since the 4 with limera1n is jailbroken for life it would be a nice toy :)
        …. and the battery life is great on ip4

      • Rak S

        Yeah… I was thinking of buying a secondhand iPod touch just for Moviebox. Depend on the price at the end of the day.

      • Jonathan

        I have an iPod Touch 5 and love it. I’d highly suggest it =)

    • Rak S

      Depends how much it’ll cost you. If it’s very cheap, and you don’t need too much functionality, why not?

      • leart

        My friend finds two new iphones, old stock in a shop warehouse, 8-16 gb with the same price=370 $ new on box of course. i am tempted to get one :)

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Don’t listen to all the people saying “no”. A second hand iPhone 4 will still run rings round most mid-range Android handsets…

    • key

      yes , but get the 16g model, has better performance than 8g models, i recently bought one. runs very smooooth ios7 and tweaks.

      • leart

        but the 8 gb model is newer :S the 16 gb model ended when the 4s come out in 2011

      • leart

        With what ios it came or it was not new in box, i believe that new in box ip4 16 it will come with ios 4 or at least ios 5.0…

  • Adam

    seems like poor man’s Music controls pro

  • ed

    is there any way of disable the rating songs?