26
Feb
musicext

It took almost no time for Roman Nurik's DashClock Widget to explode, and dozens of apps have been adding support for the almost-infinitely customizable widget in the few short weeks that it's been out. We've already seen additions from apps like Any.DO and PushBullet, as well as a slew of independent extensions.

Today's extension from GoneMAD Software – the creator of GoneMAD Music Player –  is a simple one, but could be useful for some users. It's called DashClock Music Extension, and it... shows the currently playing music in DashClock. Unfortunately, DashClock itself doesn't yet support integrated buttons, so the extension merely shows the track info and nothing more.

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It currently works with a variety of media players, including Google Music, GoneMad Music Player (naturally), Android Music Player, PlayerPRO, Neutron, PowerAMP, Rocket Player, Last.FM, n7, Winamp, and doubleTwist, as well as any other player that supports Last.FM scrobbling (this option must be enabled in the respective player's settings menu).

It's a cool little extension, but there's also an issue with it. DashClock was originally designed as a lockscreen widget for Android 4.2+. If you've used Android for any amount of time, you know what happens when you start playing music: media controls and track info show up on the lockscreen. In Android 4.2, these controls override any widgets that may be on said lockscreen, so you can see how this kind of takes away from the usefulness of Music Extension. That said, you can still swipe right to access your current lockscreen widgets, but that seems kind of counter-intuitive, especially if you simply want to see the current track.

Of course, some apps – like PowerAMP, for example – allow users to disable the lockscreen media controls. If you happen to use that as your primary media player and would rather see the info in DashClock instead of the native widget, then you have a solution. There are probably other players that support this option, as well.

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If the player you're using doesn't have that option, though, then you're simply out of luck. Of course, there's always the option of using DashClock as a homescreen widget, but if you're already on the homescreen you could just have the player's native widget.

Don't get me wrong here – I'm not bashing Music Extension. It's a cool idea, and I plan on keeping it installed. I'm simply pointing out the potential flaws in the setup if you want to use it. If those don't bother you, or you just want to give it a shot for yourself, it's a free download in the Play Store. Hit the widget to grab it.

Thanks, Kyle!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/L0rd_Lux Lord_Lux

    What! Who is the Amaranthe fan there?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      The to three shots are from the Play Store, so I assume it's the dev. The bottom two are mine.

      • fixxmyhead

        booooooo!!

    • http://twitter.com/GoneMADSoftware GoneMAD Software

      that would be me. My friend introduced them to me a few weeks ago and im totally addicted

  • Fidlefadle

    Android really needs to have the option to have widgets expanded by default... DashClock is really cool but is very constrained by the fact that for it to show all the information it has to be dragged down to expand it. That plus the fact that Google Music will replace the homescreen widget by default..

    • Frank Stathes

      CM10.1

    • Evan

      Maybe it is a CM10.1 thing only, but there is the option to maximize widgets by default.

      Settings > Lock screen > Maximize Widgets

      • http://twitter.com/GiuntaRob Roberto Giunta

        Yeah, that's a custom ROM option, stock Android doesn't have that.

      • Nicklaus

        ...... But then you have to swipe up to access the lock icon.

  • https://twitter.com/EpicEuropean Kreft

    So it won't work for Pandora? That sucks.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      The list isn't definitive from what I gathered. You may want to try it out and see if it works.

    • http://twitter.com/GoneMADSoftware GoneMAD Software

      pandora goes out of its way to hide what its playing. Thats the reason why there are no working scrobblers for it

  • http://twitter.com/GoneMADSoftware GoneMAD Software

    Just a general note, at least on my 2 4.2 devices, there is a bug in the OS that can prevent the lockscreen controls from coming up. If you run 2 apps that use the lockscreen controls, the controls no longer show up. IE open google music.. play some music, then open another player and the controls should be gone. The only way to get the controls back is to open recent apps and kill everything

  • Alexander Platt

    I was really hoping this would be an interface to Google Search's music identification function. I would love to be able to just leave my tablet open while watching television and have it tell me what all the background music is without having to pull it out and ask it each time I'm curious.

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