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Device: Motorola Defy (MB525), running Android ICS (4.0.4), CyanogenMod 9-20121116-NIGHTLY-jordan

Issue: Whenever I'm listening to songs on any song app, If I press either volume up or down keys when the screen is on, it works fine. However, if the screen is turned off and I press volume keys, it either returns to the beginning of the song (on vol down) or skips to the next song (on vol up).

Apps affected: This behaviour is verified on Google Play Music, Doods Music Streamer, and pretty much any app that has support for skipping songs while the screen is locked.

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

This is a feature of CyanogenMod. Pressing and briefly holding one of the volume buttons when the screen is off will cause the music player to skip forward (volume up) or backward (volume down). The intention is that this allows you to skip tracks and whatnot without having to unlock the device.

If you find it annoying then you can disable it completely in your settings: simply uncheck the option at Settings -> Sound -> Volume rocker music controls. Alternatively, try to use short presses of the volume buttons when the screen is off and it should adjust the volume rather than skipping.

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Thanks for pointing my this setting. It got implemented a couple updates ago, I assumed it was a bug and never noticed this setting. – That Brazilian Guy Dec 24 '12 at 17:25
Thanks for the answer. Maybe you can help me on this related issue:… – That Brazilian Guy Dec 24 '12 at 17:35
Comment from LittleEndu: On 4.4.4 it is under Setting -> Buttons -> Playback control – Izzy Jun 24 '14 at 12:21
I had to enable Settings -> About phone -> Advanced mode for the option to appear under Settings -> Buttons -> Playback Control. – Seppo Erviälä Mar 15 at 17:52

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