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  • #: 208571
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated: 2009-09-18
  • Current Version: 1.1
  • 1.1
  • Size: 0.50 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Craig Williams
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2009 Chilli X
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If you use your iPhone or iPod touch to listen to music in the car, PlaySafe might just save your life!

"The idea behind PlaySafe from Chilli X is an inherently great one - one that’s hard to believe Apple hasn’t incorporated into the iPod touch and iPhone already" - iLounge

"Simple, elegant, and potentially life-saving." CNET

PlaySafe is designed to make using your iPhone or iPod touch easier to operate when driving (and therefore safer). We've made the whole screen one giant button so you don't have to take your eyes off the road and search for tiny icons. You can easily control your music with simple finger gestures without even looking at the screen!

Just tap anywhere on the screen to start or stop the music or swipe sideways to skip to the next or previous tracks.

If you do decide to sneak a look at the screen you won't be disappointed - PlaySafe looks great too. It's minimal interface leaves plenty of room for your cover artwork to shine. Touching the screen causes huge on-screen icons to fade in and out so you can tell at a glance what you're doing. The track information is displayed in a large font which intelligently scales so you won't have to squint. PlaySafe looks great even if you don't have any album cover art - the default display looks better than some of the covers in our collections anyway.

PlaySafe works in both portrait and landscape modes so it doesn't matter how you mount your phone.

The first thing to do is to choose what you want to listen to on your journey - please do this before you start driving! Just click on the ‘tunes’ button in the bottom left of the screen and add songs to your playlist exactly as you would with your iPod app.

Please just choose the music you want to listen to rather than trying to add all the songs in your library. This can cause a very large playlist and memory problems when next loading the app. We recommend you create playlist with no more than a few hundred songs.


Just tap the screen anywhere (apart from the narrow control strip at the bottom) to start and stop the track. The Pause icon will stay on screen for as long as the music is paused.

Next/Previous track

Swipe to the left for the next track or to the right for the previous one - just as if you were scrolling through albums in coverflow.

URGENT: Some users are reporting crashes when adding all their songs to PlaySafe. If this happens, delete and re-install the app and everything should be fine.

Note 1: PlaySafe doesn't make copies of your songs - it just references them in your iPod library, so if you delete the songs from your phone, PlaySafe won't be able to find them.

Note 2: You can’t edit playlists within PlaySafe. Adding new songs overwrites your current playlist.

Note 3: A bug in OS 3.0 prevents 3rd party apps from linking to podcasts - we're looking into it but might have to wait for Apple to fix it.

Version 1.1

- Control music playback without looking at the screen

- Large on-screen icons

- Intelligently scaled fonts

- Starts playing music automatically on launch

- Portrait and landscape modes

- Turns off auto-lock to prevent the iPhone/iPod Touch sleeping whilst it’s running

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


5/5 stars


This is great. For everyone who wants to keep the screen on so you don't have to unlock it just turn autolock off in the settings. Although there is only play, pause, skip, and back, more complex controls become confusing. I keep it in landscape mode while plugged into an auxiliary cable. Thanks for making this free!

4/5 stars

Great app for driving

I like this a lot. Really nice to not have to look down to access controls. super easy to operate. the ONLY thing keeping it from 5 stars for me is the suffle algorithm isn't very good... the same songs kept coming up multiple times in a row. I know a good randomizer is difficult, but that would compete this.

for anyone saying 'use the ipod controls'... do me a favor. stop. get this app back on your phone, and keep your eyes on the road for yours and everyone else's safety.

0/5 stars

Doesn't work with podcasts

Will review again after update.


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