Jerome Jerome - 1 month ago 26
iOS Question

How to use thread to play next song by MPRemoteCommandCenter?

I want to use MPRemoteCommandCenter to control my music player app. And now it can play and pause music, but can not play next/previous song, only a poor chance can make it.

When user tap next song button in MPRemoteCommandCenter(e.g in the lock screen), it will call startExtendBGJob() function, then I ask for a thread to do the change song job(I think the bug is here, because I'm don't totally understand the background job's anatomy).

func startExtendBGJob(taskBlock: @escaping () -> Void) {
registerBackgroundTask() .userInitiated).async {
DLog("APP into BG") .default).async {
while self.isPlaying == false || self.tmpPlayer == nil { // waiting for new avplayer been created.
Thread.sleep(forTimeInterval: 1)
} .default).asyncAfter(deadline: .now() + 10) {

func registerBackgroundTask() {
bgIdentifier = UIApplication.shared.beginBackgroundTask(expirationHandler: {
[weak self] in
guard let strongSelf = self else { return }
assert(bgIdentifier != UIBackgroundTaskInvalid)
func endBackgroundTask() {
bgIdentifier = UIBackgroundTaskInvalid
isExtendingBGJob = false
DLog("App exit BG!")

In startNextPlay() function just finding the next song's url, and prepareToPlay() is for creating a new AVPlayer to play next song.

self.tmpPlayer = AVPlayer(url: streamURL)

I'm not english native spearker, thank you so much to read here if you understand what I'm talking about :]. Any help is welcome.


Sorry, It's my fault. It doesn't need any backgournd job. Just change something like following:

do {
            try AVAudioSession.sharedInstance().setCategory(AVAudioSessionCategoryPlayback)
            try AVAudioSession.sharedInstance().setActive(true)
} catch {
            DLog("fail to set category: \(error)")

Make sure it's AVAudioSessionCategoryPlayback