Jack's Music Widget

Jack's Music Widget


A clean and simple music widget for Android 4.4 KitKat.

Jack's Music Widget should work with any music player that displays controls and album art on the lockscreen.

For more font options, upgrade to the Plus version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jackthakar.musicwidget.plus

Apps Confirmed to Work (v1.1.2 fixes issues with artist not displaying):
• Google Play Music
• Spotify (currently having issues)
• Pandora
• SoundCloud
• Apollo
• Rdio
• iHeartRadio
• DoubleTwist
• TuneIn Radio
• PowerAmp
• Rhapsody
• MixZing
• InfiniTracks
• Pocket Casts
• Songza

Let me know of any others that work and I'll add them to the list.

If you switch between different music players, you don't need to switch widgets. Just stop playing music in one app and start in another and the widget should switch.

Starting in 1.1, there are two widgets: one designed for a 4x1 or 4x2 grid and one with full bleed album art (works best when roughly square).
Additionally, there are three themes to choose from (dark, light, and transparent) for the 4x1 widget.

Important:
This widget will not work until you go to Security>Notification access in settings and check "Jack's Music Widget"

Unfortunately, the APIs that allow this are new in Kit Kat, so I can't port it back to earlier versions.

Developers: If you want your music app to work with this widget (and other apps which use the new KitKat RemoteController APIs), make sure that you setup a RemoteControlClient and pass the appropriate metadata (this widget uses album art, song title, and artist name).

Note to users of the Android L Developer Preview: Android L breaks the RemoteController API (added in KitKat) that this widget uses. From the sparse documentation available, it looks like they are working on a replacement API, but it's currently incomplete. Since the L Preview should only be installed on dedicated dev devices, this shouldn't be an issue provided one of the two APIs is working my the time the release version launches.

Recent changes:
1.1.3:
Adds option to display song, album, and/or artist in all caps
Add separate font settings for the album name for Plus users

1.1.2:
Fixes artist not displaying from some apps (falls back to album artist)
Hides metadata that is not set
Increases padding

1.1.1:
Adds option to display album name
Adds support for the Plus key
Adds font and text size options for Plus users

1.1:
Adds a second widget with full bleed album art
Adds option to have a certain app open when you tap on the album art
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4.2
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1215
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10,000+
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File size
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About Jack's Music Widget
A clean and simple music widget for Android 4.4 KitKat.

Jack's Music Widget should work with any music player that displays controls and album art on the lockscreen.

For more font options, upgrade to the Plus version: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jackthakar.musicwidget.plus

Apps Confirmed to Work (v1.1.2 fixes issues with artist not displaying):
• Google Play Music
• Spotify (currently having issues)
• Pandora
• SoundCloud
• Apollo
• Rdio
• iHeartRadio
• DoubleTwist
• TuneIn Radio
• PowerAmp
• Rhapsody
• MixZing
• InfiniTracks
• Pocket Casts
• Songza

Let me know of any others that work and I'll add them to the list.

If you switch between different music players, you don't need to switch widgets. Just stop playing music in one app and start in another and the widget should switch.

Starting in 1.1, there are two widgets: one designed for a 4x1 or 4x2 grid and one with full bleed album art (works best when roughly square).
Additionally, there are three themes to choose from (dark, light, and transparent) for the 4x1 widget.

Important:
This widget will not work until you go to Security>Notification access in settings and check "Jack's Music Widget"

Unfortunately, the APIs that allow this are new in Kit Kat, so I can't port it back to earlier versions.

Developers: If you want your music app to work with this widget (and other apps which use the new KitKat RemoteController APIs), make sure that you setup a RemoteControlClient and pass the appropriate metadata (this widget uses album art, song title, and artist name).

Note to users of the Android L Developer Preview: Android L breaks the RemoteController API (added in KitKat) that this widget uses. From the sparse documentation available, it looks like they are working on a replacement API, but it's currently incomplete. Since the L Preview should only be installed on dedicated dev devices, this shouldn't be an issue provided one of the two APIs is working my the time the release version launches.

Recent changes:
1.1.3:
Adds option to display song, album, and/or artist in all caps
Add separate font settings for the album name for Plus users

1.1.2:
Fixes artist not displaying from some apps (falls back to album artist)
Hides metadata that is not set
Increases padding

1.1.1:
Adds option to display album name
Adds support for the Plus key
Adds font and text size options for Plus users

1.1:
Adds a second widget with full bleed album art
Adds option to have a certain app open when you tap on the album art

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A Google User
Friday 9:58 PM
If your widget get transparant, it should get 5 stars
A Google User
Friday 1:04 AM
One complaint Excellent, simple, elegant widget. Would have given it 5* if not for the one bug. It doesn't show album art on the widget on my HTC, please fix! Is it because my music is on my SD card?
A Google User
4 days ago
Love it but... Doesnt display album art on my htc one m8..please fix
A Google User
5 days ago
Nice, but lacks selectivity It is the best I've found so far, as I blame specific music apps widgets of being embarrassingly ugly, and way too many. But as well as I want to like Jack's Music widget, it lacks something I need: the possibility to select source. I use 3 major music apps, all supported, but I cannot switch among them... This is a deal breaker for me.
A Google User
Sep 10, 2014
Does not work with DoubleTwist!!!