How to Change Scrubbing Speed in iOS 7 Music App on iPhone & iPad

For audiophiles, being able to scrub accurately is not a matter of privilege but sometimes a necessity. In iOS 7’s Music app, you can do this by tweaking the scrub speed on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Although the feature seems to be hidden, it’s basically a tap-and-hold feature. Obviously, not everyone is going to need this feature so one might argue that the feature isn’t really hidden but judge for yourselves.

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How to Change the Scrubbing Speed in Music App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open the Music app and play a song.

Step #2. When you are on the Currently Playing screen, you see the red vertical line along the time-bar. When you drag this, you scrub the song.

How to Change Scrubbing Speed in iOS 7 Music App on iDevice

Step #3. When you drag it normally, the song scrubs at a default rate.

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Step #4. Now, tap and hold and then slide upwards. You should see that the title of the song changes to “Half-Speed Scrubbing” or something else depending on how far you have slid your finger upwards.

Step #5. There are three scrubbing speed options available: Half-speed, Quarter-speed and Fine.

Step #6.Fine” is where you scrub by the second.

So that’s how you scrub. Tap and hold the red line, slide upwards to select a scrub speed and then drag across the screen (all this without letting go of the screen).

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Like I said, the default scrub speed is okay in most circumstances. But if you are listening to podcasts or if you want precision-scrubbing, the “fine” level/gradation should come in handy as you can slide down the seconds, accurately.

Following a massive redesign to the Music app – which lost all of its former skeuomorphic glory to adopt a totally flat design – such features have been a good thing actually. Thankfully, features like being able to customize the menu haven’t been changed.

Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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