Conan Troutman · Apr 24, 2013 at 08:00 am

Take Control of Multiple Players with Generic Music Controls

There are countless options available for music lovers regarding which application they use for listening to their favourite tracks. If you’re anything like I am, you probably have an app for locally stored files, one for your Google Music collection, another for DLNA/UPNP, and we haven’t even got to the numerous online streaming or radio apps yet. This of course leads to a plethora of widgets cluttering up one or two different home screens (depending on how attached to cover art you are) and several different notifications, each with their own level of functionality, information, and player controls.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could do away with all of those and just use one single… You see where I’m going with this, right? In that case, cue Media Utilities by XDA Forum Member batesapps. This handy little app/widget will allow those running Android 4.0 or above to bring all those different music and streaming apps under one umbrella and do away with that sea of widgets. There are several different styles of widget to suit all tastes, from those who prefer a small and subtle option to those who absolutely want to make sure that everyone within a ten foot radius can see exactly what they are listening to. While Media Utilites is by no means the first application to attempt the unification of all media players on a device, it does intend to be the one that provides you with the most consistent level of meta data and cover art across all apps and services.

This is a public beta, so expect a few bugs for now. However, if this is something that is relevant to your interests, please do test it out with your selection of favourite apps and let the developer know in the application thread.


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Conan Troutman

Conan Troutman is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Senior Moderator, Newswriter, Recovering Meme Addict. View Conan Troutman's posts and articles here.
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