Should Notification Centre in iOS and OS X have a "Now Playing" widget?
Firstly notification centre is great for, well, notifications, but the iOS version also has "widgets", such as stocks and weather. I think a new widget addition should be "now playing" which would show you the album art, title, artist and album of the currently playing track. Given how quickly you can check the weather, or how your stocks are doing, it seems ridiculous that in order to see all that information, you need to swap to either iTunes or Music, to see that. Sure, you can see the track name from double clicking the "Home" button and swiping to the right on iOS, or lock the screen and turn it back on again. On your Mac though, there's no option but to check iTunes, (or whatever music player you use), to see what's playing. What do you guys think?
I think that's a pretty great idea. I have Mountain Lion installed, so I do use notification center, but I also still have Growl installed because I have a ton of apps that don't support notification center. I use Spotify to listen to music and I really like to see the little pop up when the song changes. If Spotify could add that to notification center as a persistent notification with the player controls, that would be awesome. Only issue is that I haven't seen any apps, not even iTunes that has that capability, so we can only hope that Apple decides to extend the functionality of notification center.
The controls I can mostly live without, as there's the hardware buttons on the keyboard for iTunes, and the controls are pretty easily accessible on iOS. Given that I can pull this data from iTunes to use with GeekTool, I can't imagine it would be more than an hours work for someone at Apple to do this, but I could be wrong… I'm using Growl in much the same way, but the tracks end up stacking up in Notification Centre. One widget that just changed based on the current song would be great.