Reuse or remove a MediaPlayer instance

You can reset, reuse, or release a MediaPlayer instance that you no longer need.

Reset or reuse a MediaPlayer instance

You can reset a MediaPlayer instance to return it to its uninitialized IDLE state as defined in MediaPlayerStatus. You can also replace the current media item or set a new one using a previously loaded media resource.

This operation is useful in the following cases:

  • You want to reuse a MediaPlayer instance but need to load a new MediaResource (video content) and replace the previous instance.

    Resetting allows you to reuse the MediaPlayer instance without the overhead of releasing resources, recreating the MediaPlayer, and reallocating resources. The replaceCurrentItem method automatically does these steps for you.

  • When the MediaPlayer is in an ERROR state and needs to be cleared.


    This is the only way to recover from the ERROR state.

  1. Call MediaPlayer.reset() to return the MediaPlayer instance to its uninitialized state:

    reset(); // returns AdobePSDK.PSDKErrorCode.SUCCESS
             // on successful reset
  2. Call MediaPlayer.replaceCurrentItem() to load another MediaResource


    To clear an error, load the same MediaResource.

  3. Call the prepareToPlay() method.


    When you receive the MediaPlaybackStatusChangeEvent.STATUS_CHANGED event with the PREPARED state, you can start the playback.

Release a MediaPlayer instance and resources

You should release a MediaPlayer instance and resources when you no longer need the MediaResource.

Here are some reasons to release a MediaPlayer:

  • Holding unnecessary resources can affect performance.

  • Leaving an unnecessary MediaPlayer object can lead to continuous battery consumption for mobile devices.

  • If multiple instances of the same video-codec are not supported on a device, playback failure might occur for other applications.

  • Release the MediaPlayer.

    void release()

    After the MediaPlayer instance is released, you can no longer use it. If any method of the MediaPlayer interface is called after it is released, an IllegalStateException is thrown.

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