Media Player

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If you have access to audio files, at the footer of any plan is a Media Player. Tap that to open the full-screen player. The media player is built with lots of features designed specifically to help church musicians learn their music most effectively.

Check out this video to see how it works or follow the highlights below.

 

The Planning Center Services Mobile App is available only on iOS and Android.

Loop Audio

With a song selected, tap the loop icon at the bottom right of your screen to drag the handles to the point in the song you'd like to loop. 

When you enable looping for that song in the future, the app even remembers your custom looping positions.

loop audio

Depending on your device, looping may not be supported while your screen is locked, or when you have left the app.

Skip Songs in Playlists

To skip a song, just swipe it to the left. Once you see Skip label fully appear, you can stop swiping. Your song will bounce back into place, briefly reveal a checkbox to show it was successful, and the file name will be grayed out. When you listen to the playlist, it will skip over that file and play the next enabled track. To unskip the song, swipe left again until you see Play.

skip songs

Songs you've skipped on the web media player will automatically be skipped in the app, and songs you skip in the app will then show as skipped on the web!

Download All Files

Rehearsing music usually means listening to the same songs multiple times. The old media player already saved files the first time you listened to them so you didn't have to download them again, but the new player makes this even more convenient.

If you know you'll have bad reception later, tap the Download All button ahead of time and avoid having to download each song manually.

The Download All button only downloads files that aren't marked as skipped.

download all files

Your audio files are downloaded and temporarily stored (cached) in the app until 30 days after the date of the plan it was used for. However, you can manually remove files that you've downloaded if you need to free up space on your device.

Album Artwork

Once a file is downloaded, you can see its album art. Tap on the artwork thumbnail to view a large version, which is especially helpful in figuring out what artist and album it's from.

album artwork

Artwork for the playing track also becomes the blurred out background for the full screen player and is shown in other places, like the mini player. 

Load Another Plan's Playlist

If you are listening to a song from one plan and then opened the media player for another plan, you'll see an option to load the new playlist instead.

load new playlist

Play YouTube Videos

If you've linked YouTube videos to your song arrangements, you can play them in the Media Player when it's in full screen mode. Once you go to the Mini Player, leave the app, or lock your phone, videos will not be able to play. As your playlist moves from an audio file to a YouTube video, you'll hear a notification indicating that you'll need to open the app to play it, then it will continue playing the next audio file in your playlist.

youtube videos

YouTube videos are only able to play fullscreen on devices with iOS 10 or higher.

Mini Player

When you exit the full screen player by selecting the down arrow, you get a mini player at the bottom of the screen that sits on top of almost everything else in the app.

Tap the mini player to get back to the full player or swipe left and tap the x to close it completely.

mini player
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