Fast-Forward, Rewind, and Scrub Songs in the iPhone Music Player
Any song playing from the iOS Music app can be fast-forwarded, rewound, or scrubbed easily, and in the case of rewinding or fast forwarding, you can do both right from the lock screen of an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch too.
Fast-Forward in a Song
From the Music app or the lock screen Music player:
- Tap and hold on the Forward button, the longer you hold the quicker you fast forward
This is useful if you want to skip through a lengthy intro of a song or a boring part of a podcast and didn’t trim the mp3 beforehand.
Rewind a Song
From Music app or the iOS lock screen Music player:
- Tap and hold on Back button, holding longer increases the speed of rewinding
Was your significant other talking through the most interesting part of a podcast or the best part of a song? No biggie, just rewind and hear it again.
Scrub Music & Jump to Points in a Song
From the Music app only:
- Tap the album art to show the song timeline
- Tap within the timeline or drag the slider to scrub audio and jump to points in the song
The timeline is what I find to be most useful since you can jump to any point in a song, or use it to fast forward and rewind. The downside is the timeline won’t appear on the lock screen music player.
There are occasional issues with scrubbing and moving about in songs streamed over iTunes Home Sharing, though having a strong network connection tends to mitigate that.
Enjoy your tunes.