Apple's advertising slogan "There's an app for that" for the App Store was so catchy because it was true, so how about an app for all you iPod classic fans out there?
I still remember the early days when Apple placed a heavy emphasis on Cover Flow for browsing your music library. While those days might be over, we’ve taken a particular liking to a newly released jailbreak tweak called Flow by iOS developer Muirey03, as it puts a modernized spin on the classic Cover Flow media view.
Those who remember Cover Flow probably remember it one of two ways: 1) clunky; or 2) simplistic. Cover Flow appeared nice to look at, but it wasn’t always as refined or fluid as I would have liked. Flow, on the other hand, modernizes the Cover Flow concept such that it not only looks good, but works just as well.
The traditional Cover Flow feature that's been a staple of the Music app for many years was finally retired in iOS 7. It was replaced with a cool new album art view that appears when placing your device into landscape orientation.
While the new-fangled Cover Flow view (I'll just call it Cover Flow for lack of an official name) is pleasing to the eyes, some may find it to be an annoyance at best and a hinderance at worst. Needless to say, its usability is questionable, and it arguably places style over substance and convenience.
With that being said, there is a way outright prevent the Cover Flow view from being displayed when placing your device in landscape mode. The solution to the problem is a new jailbreak tweak entitled NoCoverFlow7.
I hope you've grown accustomed to the new, highly visual library views focused on media artwork in iTunes 11 and don't mind Apple dropping Cover Flow because that feature ain't coming back. What Apple will add to the redesigned jukebox software is the ability to detect duplicate song, which mysteriously disappeared with the latest iTunes update. That's what the Wall Street Journal tech columnist Walt Mossberg heard from his own sources within Apple. The company reportedly told him it will restore the duplicate song detection feature "in a minor update of the program"...
Cover Flow is a nice feature, but that's more due to its visual appeal than actual functionality is concerned. If you hate Cover Flow, then you'll be happy to know that it can be easily disabled by means of this new jailbreak tweak.
NoCoverFlow is a tweak from jailbreak developer, Ryan Petrich. With a quick installation, it will easily rid your stock Music app of Cover Flow if you so desire to do so. Take a look at our video walkthrough inside to see NoCoverFlow in action.
While we're on the subject of Cover Flow dock tweaks, let us not forget that Springtomize 2 has featured a similar tweak since its inception. True, it's not exactly like Adam Bell's Overflow tweak, but if you already own Springtomize 2 you might as well give it a shot.
Springtomize 2 comes in at $2.99 on the Cydia store, but chances are you already have it seeing as it customizes your device like no other tweak in existence. We've taken the liberty to highlight Springtomize's Cover Flow implementation on video, so be sure to have a look.
If you're looking for one of the most authentic representations of Cover Flow for your iOS device's dock, then look no further than Overflow — a tweak that lends a Cover Flow effect to existing jailbreak tweaks like Infinidock.
It's an impressive looking effect, and can be had if you have a jailbroken iPhone and about $2.00 to spare. Check inside as we take it for a, ahem...spin...
Cover Flow has always been more eye candy than it is useful, but the usefulness it did have has always been hindered by its lagginess.
SmoothCoverFlow is a free jailbreak tweak available on Cydia that aims to eliminate the choppy feel that you get when scrolling through a large Cover Flow library. Does it work? Check out our video demonstration inside for the answer...