Feb 15, 2012
With Ice Cream Sandwich getting built-in support for lockscreen music player controls, the only question has been when apps would start to support them. Naturally, Google Music supports them, but that was to be assumed. Third-party apps are starting to get into the fun. First up is Amazon MP3. While Apple and Google’s high-profile cloud music launches may have pushed Amazon’s offering off to the side, it’s still kicking, and now users can stream their music with easy controls from the lockscreen. Next up is doubleTwist, which is more of a traditional music player app, though with AirSync it can sync up wirelessly with desktops, and can stream audio to AirPlay devices. Its latest update enables the lockscreen player as well. As well, podcast streaming is now enabled for all users.
While the number of ICS devices is still limited, and apps have come up with their own lockscreen player implementations in the past â€“ Winamp in particular â€“ this standard implementation is clearly catching on, and the standardization is good for users.