MX Player’s Background Play feature lets you treat videos like audio [Android]

background play MX Players Background Play feature lets you treat videos like audio [Android]

A rather neat feature of iTunes is the role that music videos have. Instead of being separate entities hidden away in the video player, they’re listed with their respective audio counterparts in the music library, basically working like audio files with video album art. I’ve had people ask for an Android alternative, which I haven’t really been able to find. One app that comes close though is MX Player.

I say “comes close” because MX Player is a video play at its core, rather than an audio player with video capability. One of the features of MX Player however is Background Play, which allows you to put a video in the background without pausing it. That means that turning off the screen or hitting the home button doesn’t pause the video like it does on most players, it simply switches it to audio only mode. That way, you can be on the train watching music videos, and just hit the screen lock button when you get off and continue listening to only the audio.

It’s hardly an ideal solution, but it’s one I’ve actually used quite a bit. There are other uses for only listening to a video file as well, like having a video lecture you only really need to listen to, or perhaps you simply want to use a movie as a kind of audio book while doing something that keeps your attention elsewhere.

If you know of any similar apps for Android, especially one that’s an audio player with a music video feature similar to iTunes, let me know.

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5 Comments

Marvin the Martian on October 21, 2012 9:08 AM

I use it often for concert videos, if I just want to listen to them and relax. The background play also saves a lot of battery charge over keeping the screen lit.

NXTreme on October 22, 2012 12:00 AM

The MX video player is the only app I use for video. I strongly recommend it. One thing to point out though is that backround play only works in HW+ mode. And HW+ mode isn’t available for all video files. I’ve also found that if the bitrate of the video is pushing the limits of the devices capabilities, HW+ mode will result choppy playback whereas HW mode will play the file just fine. All in all though, great app.

Ash on October 31, 2012 12:28 AM

I listen to youtube podcasters and sometimes they don’t list their podcasts on (dun dun dun)\iTunes/ so I cannot listen to them via OneCast (Android App). I’d then have to download the video and convert it to MP3. Now I can just download the video and use this :)

itisme on September 8, 2013 1:59 AM

MX Player works perfectly. Plays every video I have tried, even can stream, youtube and vemo urls and being able to play with the video off and listen to the vids like a audio book or podcast is awesome… very happy.

kayla on September 24, 2013 6:26 AM

To watch videos on Android devices, we should keep in mind that the best supported video format for Android is mp4 with H.264 codec. To convert videos to H.264 mp4, Aunsoft Video Converter is a good choice. It easily converts videos like mov, wmv, MXF, AVCHD/MTS, TiVo, mkv, flv, etc to H.264 mp4 with high quality and video/audio
sync for playing on Android devices.

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