Start playing music without closing the app you're in

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by TheSpaz, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Okay, so this is for iPhone and iPod touch users on 3.1 or higher.

    As some of you may know, 3.1 removed the ability to bring up the mini iPod player with a double-tap of the home button *if music isn't already playing* (iPod touch users always had this ability), but I figured out a couple of ways around this bug in 3.1.

    First: If you have the Apple headphones with a mic, just click the mic button and your music will start playing. You can now bring up the on-screen controls if you wish.

    Second: If you aren't using headphones with a mic, simply lock the iPod or iPhone using the power button, then double-tap the home button and the iPod controls will come up.

    There you have it. It's a workaround, yes, but it prevents having to quit out of your game if you want to start listening to music.


    - TheSpaz -
  2. sgrizzle macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2009
    Uhh.. Settings -> General -> Home
  3. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    Go ahead and try it.

    Go into your favorite app and start playing music without quitting the app you're in.

    You fail. Sorry.

    Edit: And you can't have music playing before-hand. This is only for starting music without leaving the app you're in.
  4. acfusion29 macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2007
    Ok there smarty pants.

    If you set it to iPod and you're in another application, then it will send you to the iPod app and it won't give you the controls.
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm in 3.01 and I can't do that so its not 3.1.

    IRC you never could do that without a workaround.
  6. TheSpaz thread starter macrumors 604


    Jun 20, 2005
    For the iPod touch, you have always been able to bring up controls no matter if iPod was playing or not. That changed in 3.1. Now the iPod touch is just like the iPhone... music has to be playing to bring up the controls.


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