Android 4.1 finally adds gapless music playback to stock music apps

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One of the features that has been missing from Android for quite a long time is gapless music playback. True, you can get gapless playback with an app like PowerAmp or WinAmp, but that is only because these apps include their own audio processing software for playing music. That doesn’t help other applications, which still rely on Android’s built in framework for playing tunes, which up until now has lacked the very important feature of gapless playback.

In fact, although I really like Google Play Music’s functionality and Apollo’s interface, I was going to switch to either WinAmp or PowerAmp. Fortunately, while playing around with the Android 4.1 developer preview on my Galaxy Nexus, I discovered that finally gapless playback works for the stock Android music applications, as well as third party apps which use the same framerwork. That’s not to say there is something wrong with using PowerAmp or WinAmp, but it is nice that I don’t have to turn to a specific music player anymore for a fairly basic music playback feature.

This may seem like a very minor feature to some, and it is true that it isn’t really the kind of change that usually makes headlines. However, I am quite excited about it for two reasons. First, I can finally listen to albums in Google Play Music without the gaps. More importantly, though, I think this shows how more attention to detail has gone into Android 4.1. It isn’t perfect by any means, but in my short time using the new OS I have come across many tiny tweaks, which alone seem insignificant, but together really work towards a more unified and functional Android experience. It may not seem like much, but I think that Android 4.1 has really begun fixing those annoying little bugs that have been present since Froyo, and finally adding that “polish” that so many people talk about the OS needing.

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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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10 thoughts on “Android 4.1 finally adds gapless music playback to stock music apps

  • Avatar of Maurice
    July 11, 2012 at 9:29 am
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    That’s nice. I would rather have the option to point the player to a folder instead of searching my entire phone for audio files. There is no easy way to keep podcasts out of my music queue. PowerAmp has folder selection, but does not stream from Google Play.

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  • Avatar of John
    July 26, 2012 at 11:48 am
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    That’s funny, since upgrading to 4.1 it’s been nigh on impossible to listen to Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells as the gap between tracks is jarring. I never had this issue on previous versions. God only knows how they managed to screw it up on the Galaxy Nexus.

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  • Avatar of Vijfhoek
    August 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm
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    Now it’d be awesome if they made the ability to exclude certain folders from the media scan.

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    • Avatar of Danny
      August 23, 2012 at 1:55 am
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      You can. Just put a file called .nomedia in the folder you want to ignore.

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  • Avatar of Tim
    August 31, 2012 at 8:27 am
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    I’m on Jelly Bean 4.1 on my Galaxy Nexus, and have been for a long time. There is still a gap.

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  • Avatar of Steve
    September 14, 2012 at 1:52 pm
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    what format has gaps? Maybe you have to use .ogg, as it is gapless by default

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  • Avatar of alphabetagaga
    October 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm
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    jelly bean 4.1.2 and gaps here still on my gnex…boooya!

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  • Avatar of Akh
    November 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm
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    Galaxy Note , jelly bean 4.1.2 and the same gap as always.It does NOT work.

    I have found an app that works for real – GoneMad, but it is a trial.

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  • Avatar of bilbo
    May 17, 2013 at 8:30 am
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    Yeah, the gapless is pretty much a crap shoot, a lot of work left.

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  • Avatar of Norriek01
    June 5, 2013 at 6:20 am
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    Got Android 4.1.2 on mY HTC Once and gaps everytime. Tried Neutron app but it’s pants. Anyone got any other advice?

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