I want the music to keep playing in the background while I practice Spanish on this DuoLingo app. The music player stops while the duolingo is trying to play sound as of now. Is this possbile?


As for my device, whenever I play duolingo and music at same time then the audio fades slightly with CM 12 built-in player

Now if you are OK with any third party application. Here is it what you need to do.

  1. Install Poweramp Music Player .
  2. Go to its settings.
  3. Then click on audio.
  4. Select Audio Focus.
  5. Uncheck Short Audio Focus Change.

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    IMG: Here is the screenshot

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    Well, thank you so much. Poweramp is the music player I already use, didn't looked for that option. I was thinking of doing it on more general level but that's fine too.
    – Bibek_G
    Oct 8 '15 at 8:15
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    Thanks. That almost works for me. I want to play something in Poweramp and a song in Pandora at the same time. If I start Pandora first and then start Poweramp playing with any combination of the Short and Permanent AF Changes boxes unchecked, they both play until Poweramp changes tracks. Then Poweramp must grab focus back since Pandora halts. Is there any other way to fix this?
    – FrankH
    Feb 27 '16 at 21:11
  • sorry to say that Pandora isn't available in my country and so i couldn't check.
    – reachrk
    Feb 28 '16 at 8:28

You CAN play two audio simultaneously. I don't think it's possible with the stock Music player. You can install a third party music player. In Rocket Music player you can configure the Audio Focus to ignore the other audio apps while this player is playing. You can do so by setting the option under the Rocket Player Settings > Sound > Audio Focus,


Screenshot - Rocket Player (Click to enlarge)

While I tried to play a song in Google Play Music app and played a song in the ESFileExplorer the Play Music song stopped. But while doing the same in Play Music and then in Rocket Player the songs never paused. It both played simultaneously.


Samsung's SoundAssistant does this and allows you to adjust the volume of both apps separately.

Not sure if Samsung's app store (Galaxy Store) or the app itself is available for non-Samsung devices, but it may be possible.


As far as I am aware, I don't think this is possible as yet. The os can only play one sound at a time through the speakers. (I.e. It cannot play multiple sound streams simultaneously)

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    We expect technical answers. There is nothing wrong in mentioning your personal experience but such experience should be technical and not just any opinion. In short, backup your claim with something that cannot be disregarded instantly. Example, in this case, tell us why Android cannot play multiple sound streams at a time. It would be best to cite technical sources too. See How to Answer.
    – Firelord
    Oct 7 '15 at 21:04
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    @Firelord. Sorry, I am new to stackexchange. I will in future
    – Shanes927
    Oct 7 '15 at 21:05
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    There are many audio streams available in Android. As said in the dev doc audio streams are available for alarms, DTMF tones, music, notification, ring, system sound and voice call. If apps use different streams to play different sound then this possible and that is what most app exploit to support this feature.
    – Narayanan
    Oct 8 '15 at 6:02
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    Not true. I play games where I had situations when the music from my Music player and the game sounds play simultaneously. I also can play two different tracks at the same time using my music player and my File Manager.
    – Lucky
    Oct 8 '15 at 6:41

You can play multiple videos in youtube, or stream audio in multiple tabs, in mozzilla firefox. but it gets closed after some time, mybe 15 minutes, maybea ram issue.

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    This might be useful if the questioner only wanted multiple YouTube videos, but they specifically asked for it to work with multiple apps.
    – Dan Hulme
    Sep 7 '16 at 8:35

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