A few months back, we covered a Cydia tweak named LSMusicGestures, which allowed users to perform some basic functions related to the iOS music player by performing just a few simple gestures, and that, too, while they are on the lockscreen of their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. As awesome as that tweak might sound, it isn’t the only one of its kind. MusicGestures is another Cydia tweak which brings gesture controls to iOS music, but this tweak acts directly on the stock music player’s interface rather than on the lockscreen. If you have MusicGestures, you won’t need to use the Music app’s controls ever again, as just about everything becomes possible through gestures. Unlike other tweaks of its kind, MusicGestures does not have a small number of gestures and actions available in it. There is a long list that allows users to define music controls from the ground up.
MusicGestures is available in the BigBoss repo of the Cydia store as a free download. Once you have installed it, the tweak won’t make any changes to the Springboard of your iDevice, but a new menu will appear in the stock Settings app. Inside MusicGestures, you can select which gestures perform what task. There are 8 gestures, while any of the 6 actions can be set against them. For all excess gestures, it is possible to disable them completely. The tasks which can be performed via MusicGestures include:
- Previous Track
- Next Track
- Play/ Pause
- Flip between album covers (this will come into effect only for those tracks for which lyrics are available in addition to the usual album art)
- Exit Playing List (replicates the functionality of the back button)
- Info Overlay toggle
To use the chosen gestures you will need to go to the Music app, and on the Now Playing page you can apply all these gestures, and the tasks you have set against them. The gestures offered by MusicGestures include the usual gestures that appear in Activator and even in Apple’s own interface. You can swipe, tap and pinch in different manners in order to perform the actions you choose.
MusicGestures might not be a tweak which brings too many new things to the mix and users will certainly take some time to get used to it and learn all the gestures available within the tweak. Having said that, MusicGestures is useful nonetheless, specially given the fact that it is a free tweak.