• 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.
• FIXED bug causing Classical Mode selections to be ignored.
Ratings and Reviews
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!
Best Replacement for the basic Music App I Could Ask For
I originally downloaded this app because I didn’t like how the normal music app looked after Apple Music got introduced. One of my favorite options, view all music by artist, had been removed. So I found this app to be my replacement and I’ve loved it since. It has all the features I want in a music app and it has a good UI too. Hands down my favorite part though is the developer support. This dev really knows what to work on first and is really good about communicating how the app is coming along. I have no clue what’s being changed about half my apps when I update them because they stopped including anything besides “Make sure to keep us updated and thanks for using our app!” Which doesn’t tell me at all if I should care whether or not there’s an update. This developer puts all the notes in the updates and I always get excited when there is an update since I’ll know exactly how the app is coming along and what is changing. 5/5
- Mike Clay
- 4.2 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.