Software development is like any other profession in which sometimes a piece of work can be completed and distributed that you are entirely happy with, but as time progresses and feedback from users comes in, it becomes apparent that you could have done things a bit better or made improvements to certain aspects of your product. It is that constant striving for improvement and enhanced usability that generally sets good developers apart from the great ones.
The above certainly applies in this instance with developer Chris Kant recently gaining some attention for releasing his Swipe Navigation for Music tweak into the Cydia store which allowed users to perform swipes to control track selection within the Music and iPod applications. The production of the tweak was something of a rocky ride and although I ultimately found it a well polished piece of work, the first version I downloaded was buggy and I felt it could have been easily improved in certain areas.
It would seem that Kant has agreed with that assessment and has taken the liberty of creating ‘MusicGestures’ which offers the same core functionality as his previous tweak, but then builds upon and adds a more comprehensive feature set. Chris describes the release of MusicGestures as a "more powerful tweak" which not only allows music control via gestures but also extensive customization. It his intention that this tweak supersede his previous release and is offered free of charge for iOS 4 and above devices.
The tweak now has its own dedicated preferences entry which is accessed through the Settings. MusicGestures offers the following customizable settings and gestures:
- Front album cover (main track screen)
- Back album cover (album tracks screen)
- Swipe (up/down/left/right)
- Tap (single/double/triple)
- Previous track
- next track
- Play/pause track
- Flip to other album cover
- Exit now playing screen
- Toggle info overlay
MusicGestures is a free of charge download from the BigBoss repository and is compatible with devices running iOS 4 and above. Although this tweak is meant to supersede Swipe Navigation for Music, they are two different installations and this will not show up as an upgrade. Users will need to uninstall the original tweak and download MusicGestures to experience the full feature set.
You will obviously need to jailbreak your device to install this tweak. For jailbreaking iPhone 4S and iPad 2, you can simply follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using Absinthe on Windows or Mac. For those of you with iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 1, and iPod touches can use Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze to untether jailbreak on iOS 5.0.1.