One of the main reasons people own an iPod touch is to listen to their favorite songs on the go. Even on iPhone and iPad, the stock Music app gets used a lot, and that is why a music-related Cydia tweak for jailbroken iOS devices is always welcome. MusicBanners might not seem like a really useful tweak at first glance, but actually, it can prove to be pretty useful for people who like to listen to music for longer periods of time, and while performing various tasks. If you have this tweak, a banner notification will be displayed each time a song ends and a new song starts. Not only that, the tweak also comes with Notification Center and lockscreen support.
MusicBanners is available as a free tweak in the Big Boss repo of the Cydia store. Once installed, you will not find any new app icon on your Springboard or within the Settings app. The tweak will start working straightaway. When you play a song, a notification banner will show up, and tapping it will take you to the song’s Now Playing screen. A similar banner will be displayed by MusicBanners as soon as every song finishes and a new one starts. This could prove helpful if you want to view a song’s details quickly, or would like to change the track altogether.
The best thing about MusicBanners is its integration with the Notification Center in iOS 5. Installing the tweak will add a notification for currently playing music in the NC containing the track’s name, artist info and album art. Tapping the notification will open the Music app to the current playlist, providing another quick way to change the track. Similar integration exists for the lockscreen; using the notification displayed for the currently playing song, you can unlock directly to the Music app.
MusicBanners is compatible with devices running iOS 5 or later, and brings a considerable amount of convenience to your iDevice for no price at all. Some people might brand the tweak useless, but one clever use that it can be put to is the formation of track history list. There is no easy way of viewing current playlist if you are playing songs at random, but by letting the notifications from MusicBanners accumulate in the Notification Center, you will be able to see a summary of all the songs that have just been played by the stock Music app. One area where the tweak can use some improvement though, is integration with third-party apps.