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Double-tap home button to get music in apps - gone in v3.1 - workaround?

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tamarw Calculating status...
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Sep 11, 2009 2:46 PM
I hate it that Apple has not made a universal setting that lets people mute application sounds. When I get really immersed in a game, I can play the same thing for hours at a time, and I'd like my music to be on top of that. I know some newer apps are touting features that "let you play your own music library" but not all apps offer this. The workaround was to double-tap the home button to get the music player opening within the app. This effectively died with v3.1, apparently, since it's not working for me anymore.

So here's the question: is there another workaround that will let me play the tunes I want instead of listening to the same 1 minute segment of some game music for 4 hours straight? You have no idea how annoying that is.

Any ideas? And does anyone know why Apple removed this? Bug, maybe?
Stuff I build, usually, or a Macbook Air, I have lots of computers. Most of my support issues don't pertain to computers.
  • Ziggy1251 Calculating status...
    I am having the same problem and youre right it is extremely annoying. I have found a small way around it. When you click the app to open it immediatly double tap the home key to bring up the player (Note: you need to already have music playing). Then wait for the app to shut off your music while keeping the player open. When the app shuts it off, the pause symbol will change. Simply press it again and your music will come back on. After that you can change your music as normally but if you pause it and close the player, you will have to completely exit the app in order to get your music back on.

    Message was edited by: Ziggy1251
    iPod Touch 2nd Gen, Windows XP
  • UMPx Calculating status...
    I am having the same thing happen to me. i like to drive and be able to double tap the home button and change songs on the fly and turn the volume up and down, there is no volume bar now
    ., Windows Vista, 32bit
  • Sam11 Calculating status...
    This has been discussed in a few other threads, so far the best other workaround is to put the ipod to sleep with your non-music app open, then use double click to start your music in sleep mode, then when you slide to unlock your original app should still be running.
    ipod touch
  • Ziggy1251 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    What hes saying to do is:
    1. Turn your music on.
    2. Enter an app that might shut off your music.
    3. Press the sleep button to turn the screen off.
    4. Turn the screen back on.
    5. Without sliding the bar to unlock the iPod, double tap the home key to bring up a music player.
    6. Turn the music back on or change your song.
    7. Unlock the iPod and your music should still be playing in the app.
    Dell, Windows XP, iPod Touch 2nd Gen
  • KaeBFly Level 4 Level 4 (1,700 points)
    Does the option to change the "Double-click the Home Button for: Home, Search, or iPod" not make this happen? I may be completely not understanding the issue since I haven't had a need for it yet, but if you set it to iPod would it do what you're asking?
    Windows Vista (Dell E1505) & XP (HP Pavillion), Windows XP, 2 8gb 2nd gen Ipod Nanos (Black & RED), 4gb 1st gen Nano(Black), 2nd gen Shuffle
  • Sam11 Level 1 Level 1 (130 points)
    No, changing your settings for "double-click the home button" doesn't affect the way double-clicking works when the ipod is showing the "slide to unlock" screen.

    I've been playing with the workaround (thanks for detailing it Ziggy1251) and found it doesn't work with some of my third party apps, but does with mail, safari, etc.

    Message was edited by: Sam11
    ipod touch
  • Da BomB Calculating status...
    I had this problem as well, but changing what the double click int he prefs on your itouch DOES fix it, I know it did for me.....
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6), 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
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