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Is there any way, or any audio player software that has the feature, to play/pause an audio file without opening the player app, e.g. via a floating button (like softkey) or a hard button? I am learning to speak a language. The text is in a PDF file, the audio is in MP3 files. I need to read the PDF (in Adobe reader, ezPDF, etc) while playing the audio, and need to play/pause the audio without having to close the PDF viewer, open the player, then go back.

I'm using a tablet. Its headset doesn't have any button (play/pause, volume control). The tablet only has 2 volume buttons, 1 home button, and 1 power/sleep button.

Thanks!

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What is the name of your device and what version of Android is it currently running? –  JonnyP Mar 26 '11 at 16:46
    
It's a rooted Nook Color, with Android 2.1 (auto-nooter). –  Truong Mar 28 '11 at 15:24
    
I was going to suggest the same thing that Matt did below. –  JonnyP Mar 28 '11 at 15:27
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The (Samsung modified) default Music Player app on the Galaxy S puts the player controls in the Notification Shade (the pull-down part of the Notification bar) while the Music Player is playing in the background. This lets you Play, Pause, Next Track, Previous Track while you're in another app. Doesn't the default Android player do this?

Screenshot of the player controls with the notification bar pulled down:

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It seems that the stock music player on Nook color doesn't do that. Anyone knows of any other player that has this feature? –  Truong Mar 29 '11 at 2:01
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Root only solution: You can use an app called ButtonRemapper to remap any of your buttons to a number of functions. I used this to remap my camera button to be a Play/Pause button (but when I was in the camera app it still took pictures). Unfortunately you have to have a rooted device to use this.

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ButtonRemapper does not work on my device. It causes the device to reboot. –  Truong Apr 1 '11 at 20:26
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I don't know of a player offering such functionality, but a workaround may be to use something like WidgetLocker to put the music player widget controls (almost all players have a widget nowadays) on your lockscreen. Then, switching off and on your device's screen should present you with the widget.

Alternatively you could just press the home button to get to your home screen where the widget is placed and play/pause.

UPDATE: I came across QuickDesk which allows you to put widgets into a screen overlay. This might help in your situation.

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I'd make QuickDesk a more prominent part of your answer. I do something similar and QuickDesk is exactly how I do it. It is a very effective way of getting in app access to a lot of things. –  Matt Mar 28 '11 at 14:13
    
QuickDesk failed to work on my device. It just flashes rapidly. –  Truong Mar 28 '11 at 15:27
    
A bit moot now, but perhaps future users may benefit. –  Sparx Mar 28 '11 at 15:39
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You could try ttpod to play the audio, if you enable lyrics they overlay any other app and if you touch on the lyrics it appears the play/pause and rev/fwd controls. If the file you are playing has no lyrics as will be the case, it shows only some text in Chinese over any other app. I use it to control music as I use the GPS on the car.

In case your tablet has proximity sensor you could try "wave control".

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In case your tablet has proximity sensor you could try Wave Control.

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Hey! You can find an edit link on the lower left corner of your answer. Please use that if you'd like to add something. (I already did it for you.) –  Richard Borcsik Oct 11 '12 at 9:27
    
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