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Review: Plug In Launcher

Many of us have gone through the stress of disabling the bug where Android will automatically launch a music player when headphones are inserted. For me, it’s been especially frustrating to hear the same songs from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders” in some form of another on repeat.

So, naturally, one of the first things I used Titanium Backup for was to remove the Music.apk as a whole. However, what if you wanted to merely control the auto-launch better, instead of disabling it outright?

I ran across Plug In Launcher, which gives you that control. It’s a very simple app; users are able to assign an application to launch when one of two events happen: when someone plugs something into the headphone jack, or when its plugged into a powered USB port. It doesn’t pre-empt the Music.apk bug, though, so you’ll have to remove it yourself.

And it does what it advertises well; I haven’t had any trouble getting it to work in the least. However, what I have had some trouble with is figuring out what to launch. I mean, I don’t really have anything that depends on constant phone-to-computer sync, as most of my services (EasySMS, Android Remote Notifier) work when my phone auto-connects to my home wifi. However, this might be useful for something like PDANet, and for those who tether often.

Included is the option to have a dialog pop up, which is incredibly useful; sometimes you just want your headphones in to listen to YouTube, and you might not need to tether every time you plug in. Definitely worthwhile.

This isn’t one of those apps that I can really go in-depth about, but I feel that everyone should have it in their toolkit. It adds some customization that Android is famous for, and makes certain actions a breeze. The question remains, though: what would you launch?

Plug In Launcher is a free download.

Matt Demers is Droid Life’s app guy, and he’s just happy that he doesn’t have to mute “Steve Biko (Stir it Up)in frustration anymore. You can reach him on Twitter or by e-mail; you can also check out his horrible music taste here.

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  • http://sewaacportablerental.webs.com Ac_portable

    I Love this phone…

  • Froweman

    It was the only problem I was having with the droid to the point where I was seriously thinking about getting the htc thunderbolt early( I can still dream!!!) Thank you matt for this info. Now I can wait for a true upgrade from the og droid.

  • Anonymous

    It looks like apple barfed all over your home screen.

  • TheTerrorWrist

    Kudos on the Midnight Marauder reference!

  • TheTerrorWrist

    Kudos on the Midnight Marauder reference!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    you could also just use Tasker

    EDIT: oops… JagoX beat me to it

  • Synergy

    OK, so for those of us who haven’t heard, how DO you fix this bug? It annoys the hell out of me since I run with my Droid and as soon as I plug in the headphones it starts the Music app, which is NOT the one I like to use to listen to music.

    • Anonymous

      Weird, never even heard of this bug until today. Never happened on my OG Droid (girlfriend has it now, still no music auto-play bug) and not an issue on my Droid 2.

      You said it happens on the OG Droid? Custom ROM?

  • Anonymous

    Or just get over it lol

  • Mr.Joe

    Matts app reviews are amazing. Please keep them up!

  • Mr.Joe

    Matts app reviews are amazing. Please keep them up!

  • http://twitter.com/JenningsChrist Chris Jennings

    The headphone auto launch music problem is extremely annoying, still happens from time to time on my OG Droid running Sapphire. One thing that may have helped is cleaning all the dust, etc. out of the headphone jack opening. Although I’ve also had it automatically launch winamp. So I don’t know if uninstalling the music.apk really fixes it. Seems like it will just open whatever default music app you have installed.

  • Gobluefoot

    No offense Matt, but what in the hell are you talking about? I have both the OGD and DX, and that has never happened. Is this a phone specific thing, or just a random bug. When you say many of us, who do you mean?

  • Gobluefoot

    No offense Matt, but what in the hell are you talking about? I have both the OGD and DX, and that has never happened. Is this a phone specific thing, or just a random bug. When you say many of us, who do you mean?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, it is phone specific. And lots of Droid users have had to deal with this. My Droid used to do this all the time.

    • Ksmckay

      only certain headphones trigger it. Mostly any kind of headphones with a remote. most regular cheap headphones wont trigger it. Really annoying…

    • Gobluefoot

      Roger that. Glad I’m cheap then :)

    • Gobluefoot

      Roger that. Glad I’m cheap then :)

  • Anonymous

    Does this work if connecting a bluetooth audio device?

  • Anonymous

    Does this work if connecting a bluetooth audio device?

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Doubt it. It looks to be physical plug-in only.

      • Anonymous

        I will have to give it a try, I didn’t know that the music player starting like that was actually a bug… It does the same thing when a bluetooth device connects.

  • Porno

    Love the iPad advertisement at the top.

    Also Tasker does this and does it better.

  • Anonymous

    Just an FYI…I used to have this issue ALL the time and it drove me nuts. Installing the Ultimate Droid 3.0.1 ROM (its a gingerbread ROM) fixed it. I have no idea how, but this has not happened to me once since. Other gingerbread ROMs still had this issue, so it is something that UD did specifically.

  • Anonymous

    I never had the problem of the music player playing when I plugged in a headset, actually i didn’t even think it could. I bought PowerAMP for that reason and that is is a amazing player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

    I am tired of all of these productivity apps. I would rather see more regular app reviews

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      “Regular” how? As always, you can e-mail me with suggestions.

  • blackbranch

    Yeah, but what do I do to stop the music from automatically playing when pairing to car radio via bluetooth?

    • JagoX

      Set a profile with Tasker instead :D

  • Braydra

    Auto launch Pandora when i get in the car.

  • Anonymous

    OH MAH GAWD MATT! YOU WON AN IPAD!

  • http://twitter.com/batfandotcom Ben Rollier

    Umm . . . or just use Tasker.

  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    The most important question is, why is an Android app showing screenshots that say “Apple iPad Tap and Win!!!”??? ;)

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Ads, sir.

      • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

        well obviously, but you’d think the developer could have tried to get a shot that didn’t advertise Apple or Windows stuff, know your audience kinda thing :)

  • JagoX

    …or just bite the $6 bullet and get Tasker. You can perform a lot of tasks with that one app and not have to rely on multiple apps running in the background. Just sayin… ;)

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Some people like free.

      • JagoX

        And some people like to be efficient with their system resources ;)

        • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

          Point taken.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=800685461 Tyler Hilliard

    Alarm Clock Plus – nice app to open on usb plug in.

  • Anonymous

    Really? I’ve never had anything happen when I plug headphones into my original Droid. Rooted or not.

  • Anonymous

    Nice ad for the iPad there

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Can’t control the ad roulette they put in there, sadly.

      • Anonymous

        Should have used paint to cross it out and write Xoom

      • Anonymous

        ad blocker?

        • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

          Eh, most of these apps are able to release for free because of ads. They aren’t too intrusive, so I don’t block them. Things like Words with Friends makes me rage, though.

          • JagoX

            …and if you try to use Adfree and play Words with Friends it can break the ad system that the game uses…requiring you to have to modify the hosts file.