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More iOS 6 Development: Further Explorations of the iOS SDK by Jeff LaMarche, David Mark, Alex Horovitz, Kevin Kim

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Chapter    12

Media Library Access and Playback

Every iOS device, at its core, is a first class media player. Out of the box, people can listen to music, podcasts, and audio books, as well as watch movies and videos.

iOS SDK applications have always been able to play sounds and music, but Apple has been extending the functionality with each iOS release. iOS 3 gave us the MediaPlayer framework which, among other things, provided access to the user’s audio library; iOS 5 extended this by giving us access to video stored in the user’s library.

iOS 4 extended the AVFoundation framework, which offers finer control of playing, recording, and editing of media. This control comes at a cost, as most of the MediaPlayer framework’s functionality is not ...

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