Brief stop/start of Now Playing item when updating a media collection queue MPMediaItemCollection

Im playing about with apples addMusic sample app in xcode, as im looking to be able to add similar functionality (playing a queue of music selected by the user in the background of the app).

It does this annoying thing where the music player briefly stops before playing again when the user hits the ‘Done’ button after picking their song selections in the built in MediaPicker.
– I’m assuming this is because of the method apple used, which applies a new array as the queue, and resets the now playing state as to where it left off (like so:)

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  •         // apply the new media item collection as a playback queue for the music player
            [self setUserMediaItemCollection: mediaItemCollection];
            [musicPlayer setQueueWithItemCollection: userMediaItemCollection];
            [self setPlayedMusicOnce: YES];
            [musicPlayer play];
    
            // Obtain the music player's state so it can then be
            //      restored after updating the playback queue.
        } else {
    
            // Take note of whether or not the music player is playing. If it is
            //      it needs to be started again at the end of this method.
            BOOL wasPlaying = NO;
            if (musicPlayer.playbackState == MPMusicPlaybackStatePlaying) {
                wasPlaying = YES;
            }
    
            // Save the now-playing item and its current playback time.
            MPMediaItem *nowPlayingItem         = musicPlayer.nowPlayingItem;
            NSTimeInterval currentPlaybackTime  = musicPlayer.currentPlaybackTime;
    
            // Combine the previously-existing media item collection with the new one
            NSMutableArray *combinedMediaItems  = [[userMediaItemCollection items] mutableCopy];
            NSArray *newMediaItems              = [mediaItemCollection items];
            [combinedMediaItems addObjectsFromArray: newMediaItems];
    
            [self setUserMediaItemCollection: [MPMediaItemCollection collectionWithItems: (NSArray *) combinedMediaItems]];
    
            // Apply the new media item collection as a playback queue for the music player.
            [musicPlayer setQueueWithItemCollection: userMediaItemCollection];
    
            // Restore the now-playing item and its current playback time.
            musicPlayer.nowPlayingItem          = nowPlayingItem;
            musicPlayer.currentPlaybackTime     = currentPlaybackTime;
    
            // If the music player was playing, get it playing again.
            if (wasPlaying) {
                [musicPlayer play];
    
            }
        }
    
    
    }
    }
    
    // If the music player was paused, leave it paused. If it was playing, it will continue to
    //      play on its own. The music player state is "stopped" only if the previous list of songs
    //      had finished or if this is the first time the user has chosen songs after app
    //      launch--in which case, invoke play.
    
    - (void) restorePlaybackState {
    
    if (musicPlayer.playbackState == MPMusicPlaybackStateStopped && userMediaItemCollection) {
    
        if (playedMusicOnce == NO) {
    
            [self setPlayedMusicOnce: YES];
            [musicPlayer play];
        }
    }
    
    }
    

    Anyone experienced this issue? Is there any alternative/more efficient methods that anyone can think of?

    Thanks in advance for sharing 🙂

    Solutions Collect From Internet About “Brief stop/start of Now Playing item when updating a media collection queue MPMediaItemCollection”

    Simply apply the changes to MPMediaItemCollection at the point of Music Player changed notification.