Have you ever felt that iOS should have more fine-grained controls over audio? If you answered yes to that question then you’re not alone. Ron Thakrar — the developer of Feedback, Default Player Pro, Music Agent and many others — has taken this into his own hands and created Seeker, a tweak that adds some much needed functionality to just about every music or podcasting app you can think of.
At its most basic level, Seeker allows you to be in control of where you’re at when playing audio. You can tap any part of the progress bar and it will automatically jump to or ‘scrub’ to that part of the track. It also adds five second skip forward and backward buttons to the lock screen and control center music controls. Another neat feature is you can have a little round progress marker instead of the default iOS one that’s nearly impossible to see, which can be enabled in Seeker‘s settings.
The tweak’s scrubbing increments are also dynamic and will adjust based on the kind of track you’re listening to, longer for podcasts and shorter for regular tracks. Also, it should be noted that iOS doesn’t allow other apps any level of scrubbing functionality by default.
As you can see in the picture above, Ron has added support for just about anything you can think of using. There is even support for a few of the AppSwitcher replacements like seng and Auxo 3. He’s really gone above and beyond here to make sure there wasn’t much left out.
If you head on over to the settings section of Seeker you will find eleven different toggles to play with. Each one enables it’s own feature of the tweak. If you’re confused as to what any of them do, you can tap the little question mark in the top right corner of the settings pane and it will give a detailed description of what each feature does.
Seeker is a tweak that you don’t think you need until you have it. After testing it for only a few days, and encountering zero bugs, I’ve found that this is a must have tweak. In Ron’s words he develops tweaks that he’d want to have permanently on his devices, I think this is a great philosophy to have.
My hopes are that Apple adds the entire tweak’s functionality into future versions of iOS. This most likely isn’t going to happen as there would have to be some major under-the-hood changes to accomplish it system-wide as well as with all of the third-party apps, but we can hope right? Seeker will be submitted to the BigBoss repository and available for purchase for $2.99 for the first few weeks and $3.99 after that. The developer will continue to add more support for apps like YouTube, Deezer and more.
Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.