Media Button Router

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About this app

Media Button Router works with your Bluetooth stereo. Gone are the days when you were limited to a single app that would launch and play music when you hit the play button on your stereo. This app lets you, the user, decide what app should play music when you hit the play, previous, or next button on your stereo. It prompts you with text-to-speech, and lets you select by hitting previous to go back an app, next to go forward an app, and hitting play to select the app that you want to use. If music is already playing, Media Button Router stays out of the way, and lets whatever app that is playing the music handle media button presses. You can now have a fully hands-free music experience.

Please note that this app is targeted towards Bluetooth devices that have at least Play/Pause, Previous, and Next buttons. Also note that this app will not be compatible with all music apps. It has been tested, and works with at least the following apps: MixZing, PowerAMP, ³(Cubed), Android’s default music app, Pandora, and the latest version of Amazon MP3. It works most of the time with Google Listen and Rhapsody. Winamp and Doubletwist are not supported. In order for your music apps to work, you will likely have to enable a “headset controls” option in each app’s preferences.

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Also, please free to submit a patch or contribute to this project, it's all open-source. I no longer use this app daily (my commute has changed), so any progress is going to come from YOU.
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Jan 27, 2014

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Kai McMichael
September 30, 2020
This seems to be the easiest & most straightforward solution to the notorious problem of Android automatically attempting to resume music playback upon Bluetooth connection, that has been unsolved for YEARS across multiple Android revisions. Seems like Google is more concerned with futuristic features no one asked for, while continuously ignoring BASIC functionality people have been asking them to fix for years. Anyways, under Android 11 this behavior has gotten worse, requiring this app again.
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Roger Sweeney
December 12, 2020
I installed media button router in an attempt to repair a problem with Android 10. As for media button router it didn't seem to work well with Android 10 however as I stated I installed it to fix a problem. Every time my Bluetooth what connect to any Bluetooth speaker or car radio it would force iHeartRadio to open hand play. After many hours research and over four months. Boiled down to a program called "shortcutter" causing the problem.
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A Google user
December 27, 2018
Lets you replace the stock Android music app completely, by launching your favorite player from your headset or headphone buttons instead. I also recommend combining it with AIMP as a music player.
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What's new

- Fix config crash
- Support wired headsets (Issue 21 -- user submitted patch -- thanks!)
- Hopefully fix updated apps being re-enabled bug (Issue 36). I changed the way I'm storing the ids of hidden apps, your apps will all be re-enabled this version.
- Switched to git
Also, my car stereo got ripped out of my car, and the damage actually totaled my car. I don't have a car anymore, and don't use this app day to day. Most improvements are going to come from users submitting patches.