Dec 29 AT 4:41 PM Dustin Earley 49 Comments

CyanogenMod 9′s music app to be fully customizable, available in Android Market

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The default music player in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, leaves much to be desired in the way of customization. There are options to change some of the settings for Google Music and playback, but that’s about as far as customizations go. The fine folks behind CyanogenMod are looking to change that, for rooted and non-rooted users alike.

Android Developer Andrew Neal recently sat down with The Verge and spilled some details on CyanogenMod 9’s upcoming music application. Among the normal options found throughout the default Android music app, CM9’s music app will feature fully customizable notification area playback options, shake controls, the ability to search the Android Market, options for setting music as ringtones and gesture recognition.

In keeping with the spirit of CyanogenMod ROMs, the music app will eventually come equipped with a full theme engine, allowing users to take total control of their music playback experience.

Fortunately for non-rooted users, the CyanogenMod 9 music app will be made available as a stand-alone download in the Android Market.

Progress on the rest of CyanogenMod 9 is coming along quite nicely. Every day, more and more devices land ports and early alphas of the ROM. The Droid X and Droid 2 Global are just two devices to see their own version of CM9 come out in the last week. Surely, we can expect to see many more devices gain compatibility soon.

Source: The Verge

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • damambt

    Never did like the music app. I felt like i had to click my way through the tier of menus just to play one track. Currently using doubletwist w/airsync, its simple and to the point, nothing special though. Hopefully CM9 will have some of the doubletwist features along with some snazzy ui.

    • scores87

      Have you tried Ubermusic it is really good, made by the same guy who did launcher pro, I also dislike the standard music app takes lots of time to do basic things.

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      You gotta really give the CM team credit for doing this. With all of the improvements in ICS, they’re seeing a lot of their own features built into Cyanogenmod made obsolete in CM9.

      They could have stuck with the music player being a key feature in CM9, but by putting it on the Market for everyone to enjoy they’re really showing the true spirit of the open source community.

      It’s stuff like this that keeps CM as my ROM of choice and reminds me that they’re due for a donation. :)

      • tetracycloide

        The best CM feature still hasn’t been built into ICS though: updates when you want or need them as soon as they’re available, not when your device manufacturer and network finally decide it’s time to update you to the newest version of Android circa 18 months ago.

  • stenzor

    Haven’t played with the ICS music app yet but more options can’t hurt.

    • WarDrake

      sometimes they can… and in painful ways ^_^

    • Anthony E

      It’s as bad as the original Music application. I was under the impression that they made “back” consistent throughout the operating system. The stupid music application proves that they didn’t. Back doesn’t always take you up one level, sometimes it takes you back to the home screen or to the last application you visited.

      Never understood how the people at Google had so much trouble with common sense…
      - If I want to go to the home screen: I HAVE A HOME BUTTON!
      - If i want to go back to a recent application, I HAVE AN APPLICATION SWITCHING BUTTON!!!!
      - If i want to go back 1 level in the application, oh, wait, i can’t; you used the back button for going home…


      • sockeqwe

        It’s absolutly true.
        The music app in Android 2.x is ugly,
        the music app in Android 3.x is has some bugs (auto scrolling etc.),
        i hope that on Android 4 they solved the problems.

        A nice alternative is definitly something that is missing in the market.

        I hope and wish that google music will have a public api, so i would be able to build a great music player with the google music storeage in background. That would be awesome … but just a dream …

        • Jorge Branco

          This is pretty much my number one android desire. Poweramp with syncing would be oh so epic

      • scores87

        The back botton was made (at least at the beginnings of android) to close the app instead of leaving it open on the background

  • WarDrake

    i don’t like the music app much, but it’s still my default as it does a couple things like sync with but the cm9 options sounds like a sure hit.

  • jeff.j1990

    Something everyone wants. I have heard people complaining how much better the music player is on iDevices.

  • jose_95

    Will it have an option to send music files using bluetooth?

  • Steve Heinrich

    So glad that Cynogenmod is re-inventing their music app. I have been wondering what kind of stuff they would be creating with the advent of ICS being pretty good already. This makes sense and I look forward to finally using my phone for music.

    • honourbound68

      i’ve been using mine with google music but bec of bad coverage, i’ve more often than not used the stock music player on my sammy epic 4g. i cant wait to see cynanogen’s music player

  • ChaosKiller

    I have been using PowerAmp since the launch of that app, so far nothing beats it. I’ve tried all popular music apps.

    • mattcoz

      Yep, PowerAmp is by far the best player on the market, the CM team has their work cut out for them if they want to beat it.

  • alxrock

    More customization is always a good thing, and it’s great that the app can be downloaded for other ROMs or running stock.

    It’s nice to see more great features from ROMs being added to the market for the masses like the MIUI lockscreen tool.

  • madtnotn

    Very cool. Can’t wait to see what else they are able to produce.

  • BlkSquad

    Ive used PlayerPro and Google Music. There are things I like about them both, I wish Google would step up the music app and make it something special.

  • iamXiV92a

    So when will this be available? I’ve been using AmazonMP3 for the longest and Winamp before that.

  • Briareos

    I’m kinda partial to Winamp myself, but I hear the new PowerAmp is supposed to be pretty sweet. I’ll definitely be checking this out when it arrives.

  • Slith

    Very cool. I can’t wait to try it!

  • classic_hero

    Awesome sauce, can’t wait to try this out

  • AvantGuard

    Making it available to everyone is such a great idea. I’m rooted and running CM7 but this will give more people a chance to handle the genius of the CM team.

  • inviolable

    I just wish power amp could pull from google music.

  • magnum80

    Some more playback controls for stock music app would be nice (shake or smth). I really miss my walkman phone, really nice playback controls. And I hate, that they removed “add to current/actve playlist”. I like to create playlists on the fly without always creating a new playlist entry, giving it a name etc.

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait for CM9 to be done

  • e36bmer

    I really want to search my music by folders, not by albums. That’s probably one of the more important features for me that the Google Music App doesn’t do.

  • thekaz

    Gave my old Eris to my 7 yr old daughter as a music player and game player. Installed MIUI music player, which is pretty nice, but the lyrics function, which is mostly why I installed it for her, doesn’t seem to find a lot of her songs. It’ll be nice to see another alternative, and cyanogen seems to make nice stuff…

  • John Jnflores

    I love Google Music, it does so many great things!
    The Google Music app, however, runs horribly on my phone/tablet. It takes over 10 seconds to show all my artists or albums or whatever tab I’m on…even when I’m only viewing songs I have stored on my phone. My stock app, double twist, winamp, amazon mp3, etc apps pull up my stored songs/albums/artists INSTANTLY. How? Why? I just don’t get it, Google.

    Also, I find it utterly insane that there are no lockscreen controls (unless they’re there in ICS?). I can stream my 12,000 songs anywhere in the city on 4g with no problem but it is a damn chore to just pause a song one time ever or try to change a song while driving.

    I’m really looking forward to see what the CM team has in store for us. And it will most likely be continually updated alot more frequently, which is always nice.

    • Jorge Branco

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. Easily my biggest issues with stock

  • nivekkev

    Looks like I will be checking this out!!!

  • Daniel Hakimi

    Wait, I’m confused. Is this Google Music, or the default music player? The photo is Google Music, but that is not “The default music player in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich” — is it?

    • lokidokie

      Uhh… yeah it is

  • lokidokie

    This looks awesome! Love having all my music in the Google Music Cloud, but the app is kinda limiting.
    Cyanogenmod team rock

  • donger

    looks good.

  • teecruz

    Cyanogen… if you’re listening.
    please get this working on my sidekick 4G …. :[

  • jenskristian

    Can’t wait for CM9! My SGS2 and SGT10.1 is patiently waiting for you to save the day :)

  • vid500

    My curent HTC phone has the sence, so I got quite used to it. But the music app for ICS really leaks of options, nice work CM, would definetly use it. That’s the charm of android, no mether how good things are someone has an idea to make it better and thay do. That’s open. Love it.

  • erimin

    Looking forward

  • John Brown

    I find power amp to be the best music app out there. I love the EQ, crossfade, various other settings, folder/library, and lockscreen controls. It’s the only app I’ve thought enough of to buy. I have no idea if it works with GoogMusic though…

  • Richard Yarrell

    Yes I will look into this no doubt. Looks like they are really coming along very well.

  • TaoRenCe

    Excuse me for sounding lke a fanboy, but nothing bad can come from Cyanogenmod so I eagerly await the arrival of this music app. Yeah!!!!!!

  • tumpero

    Great – nothing beats Cyanogenmod in the HTC Desire ROM-department. I’m sure version 9 will continue this tradition.

  • Wojciech ZiÄ™tek

    CM9 for Ace please!

  • MJM128

    And it’s for heterosexuals too!

  • Jorge Eslava

    Lets not forget bisexuals.