It may seem a little strange to say but here at Redmond Pie we are still continually blown away by developers within the jailbreak community and their continuing ability to come up with new and usable tweaks. Just when we think Cydia is reaching saturation point someone goes and submits a package that makes us all wonder why it hasn’t been done already, which is definitely something that springs to mind with the new Pluck tweak on the ModMyi repository.
The stock Music app on any iOS device is undoubtedly one of the most used apps. Apple has done a fairly comprehensive job of making sure that all of our music needs are catered for, including the ability to set up new playlists, start and pause music as well as being able to handle the main controls from other aspects of the system such as the lock screen and multitasking switcher tray. What it doesn’t do is allow us to manually choose a specific song to play from the lock screen, which is where Pluck comes to life.
Downloading and installing the Pluck package will append the native lock screen with a dedicated music selection button that appears next to the music control buttons when the home button is double tapped on the lock screen. After the installation, users will need to head to Settings >> Pluck to enable the tweak before being able to get access to the functionality. Once enabled it is a simple case of locking the device, double tapping the home button and selecting the new button that appears on the screen.
Tapping the new option will modally present what is essentially the track selection part of the Music app. Users then have the ability to pick a track, play it and then sit back and control the playing music from the lock screen of the jailbroken device as they previously would. It’s simple, it’s definitely a tweak that adds an additional layer of usefulness and it’s currently sitting as a free download in Cydia. Perfect.
Pluck is available as a free-of-charge download from the ModMyi repository with a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.x being required.