Android :: Effectively Using MediaPlayer And Saving Resources?

Jan 18, 2010

I'm writing a program for my toddler and I'm running into a problem.

I call mediaplayer numerous times. Each time a button is clicked it runs media player, but it's a different sound. So should I create a new instance each time?

Here's what I'm looking at...


Now that seems to work fine on the emulator. When I pack it up into an APK and put it on my G1 I can only do it 7 times before it force closes. I BELIEVE the memory gets full or something.

Android :: Effectively using MediaPlayer and saving resources?

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Jun 3, 2010

I'm playing around with the MediaPlayer class to reproduce some sounds/music. I am playing raw resources (res/raw) and it looks kind of easy.

To play a raw resource, the MediaPlayer has to be initialized like this:


Until here there is no problem. The sound is played, and everything works fine. My problem appears when I want to add more options to my application. Specifically when I add the "Stop" button/option.

Basically, what I want to do is...when I press "Stop", the music stops. And when I press "Start", the song/sound starts over. (pretty basic!)

To stop the media player, you only have to call stop(). But to play the sound again, the media player has to be reseted and prepared.


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I guess that I'm missing something. I wonder if I am mixing concepts, and the method stop() doesn't have to be called in the "Stop" button.

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check the below code:


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