The music controls from the Lock screen and Control Center leave a lot to be desired, which is why iOS jailbreak tweak developer Ron Thakrar has launched an excellent extension for the music controls.
Dubbed Seeker, this extension for jailbroken devices brings an array of new features to the music controls in the aforementioned interfaces and can be had from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for the price of $2.99.
How Seeker improves iOS’ music controls
The basic iOS Lock screen and Control Center music control interfaces give users only a way to play or pause music, skip forward and back between tracks, or adjust the volume, but seeker builds on the interface that already exists.
For example, the tweak makes it possible to scrub through your currently-playing track right from Control Center or the Lock screen, and includes Podcast-like incremental seeking controls on either side of the pause/play button. Some of the more notable new features you can expect to enjoy from Seeker are provided below:
Seeking via Lock screen & Control Center: Scrubbing through a track to move to your favorite chorus or to replay your favorite part of a song used to only be possible right from the app playing the music itself. Seeker lets you do this from the Lock screen or Control Center music controls.
Live seeking: As you scrub through music using the Lock screen or Control Center, your song position moves and continues to play in real time without any pause in playing and without the need to lift your finger.
Incremental seeking controls: Just like in the Podcasts app provided by Apple out of the box, Seeker provides the same incremental seeking controls that let you move forward or back through a currently-playing song right from the music controls interface on the Lock screen or Control Center.
Fast forward and rewind: Not only are those next track and previous track buttons used for moving between songs, but you can now tap and hold on them to easily scrub forward or backward through a track. The longer you hold on a button, the faster the seeking will go.
Smart previews: If you’re doing a lot of seeking, Seeker has functionality built into it to predict where you’ll be stopping so that you have an idea of what part in the song you’re about to be listening to after you release your finger.
Smooth seeking enabled universally throughout iOS: Apple’s high-precision audio scrubbing is now enabled for the Lock screen and Control Center, as well as from the Music app itself.
Round seeker knob: Lets you change the ugly seeker bar into a knob similar to the one on the volume bar, which just seemed to make sense to have now that you can grab it and move it around.
Tap anywhere on the scrubber bar: You can also tap anywhere on the scrubber bar to easily move to that position in the song. No tapping and dragging is even required.
Using volume buttons for quicker seeking: Optionally, you can also do quick volume button presses to seek through a song based on incremental movements.
After being installed, Seeker adds a preferences pane to the Settings app where you can toggle any of the just-discussed features on or off. You’ll also find some more features here that we haven’t yet discussed.
All of the things that can be enabled or disabled from this preferences pane include:
- Live seeking
- Incremental controls
- Media controls
- Smart previews
- Smooth seeking
- Round seeker knob
- Tapping on the seeker to seek
- Volume buttons for seeking
- Hiding or showing incremental labels
- Brightened labels
- Hiding or showing a label that shows what app is playing
The developer has worked hard to make Seeker compatible with a wide variety of services, including third-party music apps and even other jailbreak tweaks.
In terms of what apps Seeker supports, here’s the current list as of this writing:
- Music/Apple Music
- Spotify (Premium subscription required)
- Google Play
- Qobuz Music
If you’re wondering what other jailbreak tweaks Seeker will play nicely with, then check out the list below:
- Acapella 2
- Auxo Legacy Edition
- Auxo 3
- ColorFlow 2
My thoughts on Seeker
Seeker provides a myriad of useful features to the Lock screen and Control Center music controls that would have been nice to have out of the box. But for whatever reason, Apple chooses to limit functionality where it doesn’t really need to be limited.
Seeker keeps as close to a factory look as possible while still integrating important functionality into these control interfaces. The tweak’s compatibility with third-party music apps, like Spotify, as well as a long list of other popular jailbreak tweaks, is a very big plus.
Moreover, I find that the additional fine-grained control over scrubbing makes it really easy to get to any point in a song you want to get to. I think this tweak is a great addition for anyone who listens to a lot of music and doesn’t want to have to launch the now-playing app every time they want to go backward or forward in the song.
To give your iPhone that extra music control that it needs all throughout iOS, Seeker is a great addition to any jailbroken device that’s used often for music playback. With it, you’ll never have problems replaying your favorite parts of songs ever again. You can grab it from Cydia right now for $2.99.
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