I came across a fun app recently on Twitter, called Rewound. It’s a Music app that simply acts as an interface to your music library, but it comes with a rather interesting quirk, it looks like an old iPod. And you can even go back to a click wheel.
The control layout can be changed within the app, however to apply a matching skin you have to download them from Twitter/Weibo (You can find them with the #rewoundskins hashtag) or add custom photos from your device.
Depending on the skin you add, it automatically assigns a layout based on the size. And if you use one with a click wheel, you will actually be able to use the circular gestures to navigate through your music collection.
It’s a bit of fun, and I’m sure some nostalgic people will love to see it. I can’t quite say I see this as a long term product though!
Download Rewound for free on the App Store
Update: 18th December 2019
It turns out that Apple have now rejected Rewound, and it’s no longer available to download. (via Michael Tsai)
If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, or you just have a super large iTunes library, then downloading all of your music to a device can be a giant pain.
With the iPhone storage sizes getting bigger, having your entire collection downloaded is even more of a possibility. I for example have a 128GB iPhone 7 Plus, so I easily have enough space for my entire library.
The only problem is that on iOS, there isn’t a “download all” button. However there’s a really simple solution if you have a Mac available.
Step 1 – In the sidebar, right click and choose Create Smart Playlist.
Step 2 – Change the rules to “Artist is not (blank)” like the image below.
Step 3 – Open the Playlist in the Music app on your iOS device.
Step 4 – Tap on the “…” button in the top right, and press Download.
All of your music library should then start to download.
Another bonus that this gives you, is that because it’s a Smart Playlist, it will continue to update as you add music to your library. As the rule simply is that it matches any item where the Artist name isn’t blank, which should be all of them!