Music Center

If you’ve ever wanted to be able to browse your entire music library from Notification Center, then you should check out Music Center in the App Store. Developed by jailbreak alumni Akhil Tolani, Music Center is a great idea that is unfortunately handicapped by Apple’s restrictions on what you can do with Notification Center extensions.

After adding the extensions to Notification Center, you can launch Music Center in order to customize it. The user isn’t left with many options as you can only choose between a list and tiles view for your music library. Both views can be seen on the screenshot above. The list view is to the left, and the tiles view to the right.

To navigate through your library, simply tap the Up or Down arrow. My brain has been trained by iOS to just swipe when I need to scroll up or down, so the use of arrows can sometimes be counter-intuitive, but as I previously noted, this is one of the limitations of iOS in terms of what an extension can do, and not necessarily the developer’s fault.

Songs are listed by alphabetical order and there is no way to rearrange this. Once you find a song you want to listen to, simply tap on it and it will start playing.

While I really like the concept of the extension, it’s just barely usable in its current state. I have a library of about 7,000 songs, so getting to the bottom of that list would be more than cumbersome with Music Center. But I guess if you have a small library of a few hundred songs, then you might have better luck.

Music Center is a free download in the App Store. if you do give it a try, make sure to come back here and let us know what you think about it.

  • Jason Baroni

    This is awesome! Thank you so much, Sébastien! I am in a hunt for widgets that Apple may kill days after landing on the App Store, specially because they are amazing tweaks.

    • Antzboogie

      Doesn’t work on Jailbroken iPhone 6 Plus TMobile. It looks awesome if it would work.

  • Brandon Higgins

    For a non jailbroken use this is a great tool.

  • Chris

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple sent them an email today because of how long it is.

  • Slifur

    Wow! Other worthy widget just like neato. Anyone knows any widget that makes sense like this?

    • Jason Baroni

      I use cheatsheet, clips and Fantastical’s widget. You may now them, but all really worth to use. I also downloaded QuickTap, an alternative to “Launcher”. It kinda works, but it’s ugly and buggy.

      • DEEPANGEORGE

        Nice good to know other fantastic notification widgets:) Thanks for sharing

      • Jason Baroni

        My pleasure!

  • can’t wait for Apple to ask the developers to remove this widget.

  • Ruffy

    Anyone know what font the dev is using to display the artists and names etc? It’s beautiful. Even better if I can find it on bytafont. There’s similar ones I think just not sure if it’s the same.

    • Avenir. 🙂

      • Ruffy

        Thanks. Although it seems it’s not available for iOS 8 :/

  • Danny Danz

    Yeesssss perfect rate 10

  • very nice; still a bit unstable and crashy though

  • I shall “get” this now before Apple removes it from the AppStore…

  • Warmachine69

    dam not in Canadian app store :/ ehh!

  • musiczone

    This is a cool app. We used a similar concept when designing our own. Check it out, Music Zone Widget. The difference is we let you select songs based on artists, albums or playlists straight from the widget and it’s free. Check it out and let us know what you guys think on twitter @musiczoneapp. Thank you.