• Works with your iTunes Library automatically
• Polished iOS-style UI, plus Night Mode, landscape, customizable colors and tabs!
• Intuitive gesture controls
• Powerful sorting options, including Classical Mode
• Today Widget
• No ads or locked features
• Get development updates, feature guides, news and more at cesium-app.com/signup!
NOTE: Cesium requires Music.app to be installed.
• NEW Siri Shortcuts, so you can talk to Cesium like a friend with a tin can telephone. (Open, Search, Shuffle All)
• NEW URL Scheme, so you can write to Cesium like a pen pal whose father was the deposed king of Nigeria (cesium://, cesium://search, cesium://shuffle)
• NEW True Black mode, so you can quote Spinal Tap to Cesium and laugh and laugh.
• iPhone XS Max and XR screen support
• Bug and translation fixes.
I also want to assure all Cs users that I am aware of reported performance issues and glitches. If you haven't seen something addressed in recent updates it is likely because it is an issue with the API itself – in which case I have reported it and am working with Apple to try and solve the problem as soon as possible, but any fixes will be subject to the iOS release cycle.
Ratings and Reviews
What Apple Music was and should be. Needs better scrobbler
Update: app doesn’t work as well as it used to. It might be updates by apple’s fault but daft it is freezes often, crashes, often becomes unresponsive. Sometimes you have to go into the Apple Music app to stop the music playing. Still like the layout but it needs to be more reliable
Original review: Good. Still some issues. Has become quite laggy though or just less responsive to finger presses. More so than the Apple player in a noticeable way. Needs better scrobbler. It's not precise when's moving and the hit box for your finger to activate it is way too small. The one thing the new Apple Music player does well is an improved scrobbler. Copy nothing from Apple Music but that scrobbler user experience.
The app is What Apple Music was and should be. It's better for large collections. It prioritized usability over eye candy in the cluttered/poor interface Apple Music app. that is probably there for people that don't actually have Music collections. Otherwise they'd want better navigation in the Apple Music app. If you want the old Apple Music player's layout, look, and general function back this is an app you'll like. It's what you've been looking for. And there's other customization like colors, mines all black with blue lettering, night mode style. And other options.
Great despite some minor issues
This app is an ideal replacement for Apple’s increasingly bizarre and user-hostile Music app. Cesium lets you listen to your music library conveniently and simply, just like the iPod used to. Artists are sorted sensibly by album, and you can also sort by track or album. It handles compilation albums well too. And best of all, you can shut off iCloud cleanly, so you can just see what’s actually on your phone - a simple concept that seems lost on Apple and most music app developers.
Cesium has some flaws. I find the “Queue” feature confusing, random and unnecessary - I would gladly trade it for a simple “create a playlist” feature. Similarly, for some reason you can’t pause playback for 8 seconds the first time you play a track. Once you pause it, though, it reacts quickly after that. (But only that same track.)
But overall, Cesium sets the standard for how a smartphone music app should work. Oddly, Apple itself actually set this standard in the first place but seems to have sabotaged it for no real purpose. It’s nice that Cesium still bothers to remember how it’s done.
Just What I’ve Been Looking For
I’ll try to keep it simple, since there is so much one can say about an app that contains so much power and flexibility within such a simple and elegant interface. It does all the basics very well, but for me it’s a few of the deeper features that make all the difference. The three things I value most in Cesium are: 1) The ability to specify a genre (or genres) to sort by composer - a wonderful approach for viewing classical music; 2) The ability to view detailed info about songs, such as composer(s) and comments - one tap tells me who wrote the song I’m listening to; and 3) The ability to tag multiple genres in iTunes that sort out in Cesium as separate genres - artists or albums or songs can at last appear in two or more genres. No other app I’ve seen has even one of these features. Now that I am using Cesium, I am inspired to go back to my desktop iTunes library and tweak my tagging knowing it will enhance my listening enjoyment on my iPhone. What a great job - well done!
- Mike Clay
- 4.6 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2014-2018 Michael Clay
- In-App Purchases
- Unbelievable Tip $4.99
- Amazing Tip $1.99
- Generous Tip $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.