FreeNotification Center widgets are a big part of iOS 8, which launched last September. Launcher is an app designed around Notification Center widgets, and hit the App Store right after iOS 8 was made publicly available. Launcher provided quick launch shortcuts for apps, contacts, and links, but sadly Apple removed the app from the App Store as Launcher used Notification Center widgets in a way Apple hadn’t initially intended. The developer of Launcher was definitely discouraged by the whole situation, but they haven’t given up. Instead, Cromulent Labs has released Music Launcher, which offers a similar idea to the original Launcher, but geared towards music.
Launcher tried to give you everything in a Notification Center widget, while Music Launcher has a much clearer focus. You simply launch the app, and add whatever playlists, artists, or songs that you want to have as a one tap option to start playing. You can constantly edit the order, and contents of each quick music button. Once set up, you enable the widget in Notification Center (scroll to the bottom of Notification Center, and press the “Edit” button”), and then each item you add appears in a two row layout. It’s effortless to set-up, and to start playing your music library with a tap. There’s also a pro version for a $1.99 in-app purchase, which integrates music controls right into the Music Launcher widget.
Music Launcher (Free, Universal) is a handy utility to get to your favorite tunes quicker, and easier.