Harken Music Player For iPhone 4+

For synched music and podcasts

Ben Thomas

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.4 • 9 Ratings
    • $1.99

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If you love listening to whole albums at a time, this app is for you. Requires music synched to your iPhone or iPad from iTunes/Mac or pre-downloaded from Apple Music.

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 playback of music and podcasts synched from iTunes, streamed from iTunes Match, or bought with the iTunes app on your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

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, artists, compilations, composers, genres, playlists, songs or podcast episodes.

Create an on-the-go playlist* from a combination of albums, artists, compilations, composers, genres, playlists, songs or 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 - see Settings to change between song and album shuffling.

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 independent developers like me.

What’s New

Version 4.7.2

I've fixed a couple of crashes.

If you have any feedback, please go to the Settings screen in the app and press "Email your feedback".

And if you have time to leave a review on the AppStore, I would really appreciate it, because it really helps other people decide if they should download the app.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

phubenthal ,

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.

gyropilot ,

The ONLY Music App I Use

Simple, clean, easy to use interface. 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.

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.

BiggEarn ,


Sorry, some of the reviews i read said this app would cure my issue with the iPhone Apple app and cure the Cover Art issue. The Apple app has asssigned most of the Album Civer art completely wrong. This app did not help that issue.

App Privacy

The developer, Ben Thomas, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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