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
Tuesday 3:28 AM
love love it
A Google User
Monday 11:01 PM
Good Concept, Limited Functionality This app works great, but I feel like there could be more features. For example, the app gives you an option to specify which app to open when the album art is clicked. I say that should be the default app to open if no music is currently playing, but to open the active music app in any other case.
A Google User
Monday 5:19 PM
Nice, but color detection is broken. It seems to pick colors that are BARELY in the album art. It should pick the most prominent color to match it, not the most mismatched color possible. :/
A Google User
Sunday 3:22 PM
Help I'm using a Galaxy S5, on GO launcher (does not work with any launcher I use) with Rocket Player. I can't use it, I set it down, and it doesn't show album art, I gave notification access and all, the buttons don't work, I gave it three stars because all the positive comments I see but I am unable to use it.
A Google User
6 days ago
Latest version Doesn't work with soundcloud on lollipop