How to play audio in iOS

Photo Jan 11, 19 08 40We can play back an audio file we’ve previously recorded or providing in the main bundle, again thanks to the AV Foundation Framework. Much like recording, it’s not as straightforward as “hitting play” somewhere. Here are the steps involved:

  • create an AVSession
  • create an AVPlayer
  • prepare for and start playing

For the method below to work we need to import and link the AVFoundation Framework to our project. We also need a property that holds the player object.

Stop playback at anytime by calling

Two delegate methods can inform us of the progress here:

There are two other delegate methods that can inform us of an interruption to the playback, such as a phone call. If you’re interested in playing an MP3 file from the music library, check out the MPMediaPickerController.

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