Seeker: Enhance the iOS music scrubber! (review)

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Has Apple’s implementation of an audio scrubber ever frustrated you? Do you wish that you could have a better implementation of such a simple feature? Seeker, by Ron Thakrar, accomplishes what Apple could never get right. It enhances the built-in audio seeker in the Control Center and lockscreen of iOS in a simple, non-obtrusive way, yet comes packed with features that make this tweak worth its price tag of $2.99.

The most notable feature, and probably the biggest reason why you may want to purchase this tweak, is support for scrubbing music playing from third-party apps. Currently, it has Control Center and lockscreen support for Google Play, Qobuz Music, SoundCloud, Spotify (Premium required), Tidal, Audible, Downcast, Instacast, and Overcast, with upcoming support for YouTube. It’s pretty ridiculous that Apple limits the Control Center and lockscreen scrubber to the Music and Podcast app, and Scrubber is the perfect tweak to fix that. On top of that, the features listed below are available inside of the Music, Podcast, and Safari (experimental, video-only) apps themselves. Of course, this tweak also has support for other music tweaks, including Acapella 2, Auxo Legacy Edition, Auxo 3, Bragi, ColorFlow 2, Eucnide, Feedback, Lylac, and Seng.

Another notable feature is live seeking. While you scrub through the music, you have to play the guessing game and assume you’re scrubbing to the part of the song you want to play from. With live seeking, Seeker begins playing to the location where you scrubbed automatically, without having you lift up your finger and wait for the music to begin playing, only to repeat the process again. It simplifies scrubbing with a simple, yet left-out feature.

Incremental seeking controls allow you to jump forward or backwards in a song, audiobook, or podcast with the dedicated buttons that are discreetly added to your Control Center and lockscreen while playing audio. The time interval that is triggered with those buttons is determined with Seeker’s algorithm, which matches the type of audio you’re playing. If you’re listening to an hour-long podcast or audiobook, the time interval that the buttons will jump will be higher than if you were listening to a three minute song. The computed time interval is displayed on the button itself for reference.

Fast forward and rewind enhances those forward and rewind buttons. With the feature turned on, you can tap and hold on the forward or rewind button to easily skip ahead or go back in a song. The algorithm automatically speeds up the amount of time the buttons seek while holding them.

Additionally, some smaller, yet amazing features include smart previews, smooth seeking, a round seeker knob, brightened labels, tap-to-seek, and hardware increments. The algorithm behind Seeker tries to detect where you might stop while seeking, which is called a smart preview. Smooth seeking greatly improves the built-in iOS seeker and makes it much more accurate and smooth while seeking. A round seeker knob is, well, a round seeker knob to replace that line that’s considered the seeker knob ever since iOS 7. Also, brightened labels brighten the labels. Tap-to-seek allows you to tap on the approximate area that you want to jump to. Once you do that, the audio will begin playing from the point where you tapped the seeker bar. Finally, hardware increments are just seeking gestures that can be triggered with the volume button. Quickly double-press the volume-up button to increment forward and increment backwards using the volume-down button. The increments are, once again, detected by the tweak’s algorithm.

All of these features can be toggled on or off in the preference panel, located in the Settings app. Toggling the features will not require a respring, which is pretty neat if you’re listening to music while playing around with the tweak.

Conclusion

Overall, Seeker enhances the standard iOS implementation of a scrubber. It takes out a lot of the guesswork from seeking while listening to music, it adds some well-needed functionality to the scrubber, and with support for lots of third-party apps and tweaks, it’s well worth it’s price tag of $2.99. You can obtain this tweak from the BigBoss repo right now.

What do you think about this tweak? Is it worth the price tag to you? Don’t be afraid to share your opinion in the comments below!

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