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

Note on Android 5.0: The current version of this app should work fine on Lollipop, but I'm working on a new version that adds additional features by using the new APIs available on 5.0.

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).

Recent changes:
2.0.2:
Fixes major bug where widget stops working on KitKat

2.0.1:
Fixes bug where artist doesn't display on Kit Kat

2.0:
Switches to new APIs on Lollipop
New default theme: Determined from Album Art - changes the widget color based on the album art
On Lollipop, the current app will now open when the widget is tapped
New theme that is entirely transparent (old transparent theme is now called translucent)

Note: KitKat users will need to re-enable the notification listener after installing 2.0
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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

Note on Android 5.0: The current version of this app should work fine on Lollipop, but I'm working on a new version that adds additional features by using the new APIs available on 5.0.

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).

Recent changes:
2.0.2:
Fixes major bug where widget stops working on KitKat

2.0.1:
Fixes bug where artist doesn't display on Kit Kat

2.0:
Switches to new APIs on Lollipop
New default theme: Determined from Album Art - changes the widget color based on the album art
On Lollipop, the current app will now open when the widget is tapped
New theme that is entirely transparent (old transparent theme is now called translucent)

Note: KitKat users will need to re-enable the notification listener after installing 2.0

User reviews of Jack's Music Widget
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A Google User
Apr 17, 2015
Does not work Does not work with gs5 lollipop update
A Google User
Apr 17, 2015
What happened? Worked like a champ prior to Lollipop. Now it's mostly useless. It loads up no problem but then it does nothing. Before Lollipop, I'd have given it 5 stars.
A Google User
Apr 17, 2015
Simple, functional Works, does what it says
A Google User
Apr 16, 2015
Works great, very useful! Could the track name be cut off to the side of the widget instead of wrapping to a new line? That cuts off the artist name instead, which imo is worse. Pity I can't go to the app that the music is actually playing in, too, but well that's my device. Otherwise this app is just what it needs to be :)
A Google User
Apr 16, 2015
a little deceiving it says that it doesn't have any permissions at all but why is it that when you load this app, it has to to have an access to your notification and personal information??
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