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iOS 8 MobileSubstrate tweak that displays song metadata in a popup in the default Music app (read for explanations)
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ShowSongMetadata is an iOS Jailbreak (needs MobileSubstrate) tweak that can display song metadata inside a popup in the default Music app.

When this tweak is loaded, an info button is added to all relevant UITableViewCells in the Music app's UITableViews that launches a detailed popup when pressed.

You can find the current version 1.1.2-1 hosted on the BigBoss Repo in Cydia.

It is built and tested with an iPod Touch on iOS 8.1.2 and should work with iPhones as well on iOS 8. This tweak may or may not work iOS 7, since I don't own such a device and cannot inspect the Music app.


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(Why? Documentation is nice.)

I used cycript to first explore the structure of the Music app at runtime. To do this, I hooked using cycript -p Music. I found instances of MusicCollectionTrackTableViewCell and MusicSongListTableViewCell, and explored up and down the view structure until I reached a NSArray of MPConcreteMediaItem referenced in the parent view MusicTableView's view controller MusicAlbumsDetailViewController and MusicSongsViewController respectively. To determine which index of the NSArray to pick, I found the row and section of the cell in its parent tableView through getting a cell's NSIndexPath, and used it to lookup in the NSArray. Knowing that the data was stored in these media-related objects, I added an info button using a cell's setAccessoryType method to each relevant cell that, when pressed, would fetch and display the data in a UIAlertView.

For searches, elements MusicSearchTableViewCell's are presented in a MusicSearchTableView. It similarly has an associated MusicSearchViewController. However, this view controller houses a private variable _nonEmptySearchDataSources which is an NSArray of MPUSearchDataSource. Since these objects represent search queries, they have a property MPMediaQuery that contains the query itself, and within these, NSArray's of MPConcreteMediaItem which is what I want. The query itself also has a property groupingType that distinguishes between queries against specific parts of the music library, of which the enum MPMediaGroupingTitle=0, represents song title queries, and will have relevant data. So I similarly carefully fetch the MPConcreteMediaItem inside these and display the data inside.

A button is also added in the Now Playing view. A MusicNowPlayingViewController was hooked, and its UINavigationBar's titleView was replaced with a UIView with subviews UILabel and UIButton, relative position preserved in the process. Similarly, when the button was pressed, the MPConcreteMediaItem mediaItem inside the MPAVItem property _item in the view controller was used to extract metadata.

TL;DR, looking through private Apple things at runtime is cool. Locating what you want to find, though, is very time-consuming.


  • Settings preference pane
  • (Maybe? if possible...) modifying metadata/MP3 tags on device.
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