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Rediscover your music collection with version 4 of Harken, a beautiful yet simple music player for your iPhone or iPod that uses gestures to control music and podcast playback. Harken has a unique bottom-based navigation so you don't have to do gymnastics to reach buttons at the top of the screen - all the primary controls are located at the bottom of the screen.

Get super fast access to your music with the minimum number of taps needed to listen to albums, compilations, playlists or podcast episodes.

Create an on-the-go playlist* from a combination of albums, songs and podcast episodes.

Sort your library to find music you haven't listened to in ages, or by rating or recently played to quickly find your favourites.

You can also shuffle all albums or songs by a single artist, composer or genre.

Does your music have lyrics? Tap the lyrics button to see them.

Choose from dark or light themes, full-screen or small cover art, and even use your favourite font to make Harken *your* music player.

Harken For iPhone is perfect for use in the car or when your iPhone is sitting in a dock and connected to your home stereo:
- playback controls are so easy to use you don't need to look at the phone to play, pause, or skip tracks
- larger than standard text is easy to read when the phone is mounted in a cradle on your wind shield or dash board
- the screen does not turn off automatically**, so you don't have to unlock the phone to control playback

Podcast support - simply sync podcasts to your iPhone or iPod with iTunes.

You can also play iTunes Match items, or hide them via the app's settings, but due to a restriction with Apple's support libraries, the music does not get saved to your phone. Nor is there an indicator of the download progress. Songs will start playing once they've downloaded enough. I'll add better support for iTunes Match as soon as possible but it will depend on Apple choosing to enhance their developer kit.

Harken has loads of features, and I'm constantly adding new ones that my users request.

*On-the-go playlists are not stored. Use iTunes if you want to create permanent playlists.
**Battery usage will increase while the screen is on.

If you have any feature requests or feedback, I can be reached on Twitter: @iosdevben.

And if you like Harken, please take the time to rate and leave a review: it really helps indie developers like me.

What's New

Version 4.2.0

You can now view lyrics for any song that has lyrics - either ones you've added manually via iTunes or where it's added automatically by Apple. This may mean you don't see any lyrics but just add them in iTunes and sync your iPhone with iTunes.

This feature was requested by one of my users, John Landry. If there's a feature you'd like to see in Harken, please contact me via the Settings screen in Harken.

Love Harken? Please rate and review or share on social media. It really helps indie developers like me.

Ratings and Reviews

One of the best replacement apps for music and podcasts


I use Harken for iPhone pretty much everyday, especially to listen to podcasts while driving. It's easy to use, looks good, uses gestures that are natural, and the programmer responds positively to feedback. (For my part, I try to keep that feedback useful. :-) About the only thing I could ask for at this point is a universal app; I have it installed on my iPad anyway.

works well, looks great


All the functionality of the built-in iOS music player (except radio, which I don't miss) PLUS one-touch album playing, podcasts, the ability to mix songs, audiobooks and podcasts in a single playlist, and an elegant interface that's a pleasure to look at. Love it. Ben's been steadily developing the app and has plans for more improvements in the future.

Clean, Simple, Almost Perfect


I love the clean, uncluttered, easy-to-use interface with nice big album art. This is perfect for use when in a vehicle because song play is controlled by taps and gestures anywhere on the screen.

GREAT job with the redesign Ben! Please figure out a way to display song lyrics and your app will be perfect.

Developer Response

Thanks for such a glowing review!

I've got a potential implementation for lyrics and I'd be forever grateful if you could help me test it before I release it. I can send you a test build with Apple's TestFlight if you're interested. All I need is your email address - please send to support@thomases.id.au.


Ben Thomas
36.2 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 Ben Thomas


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