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  1. amarryat

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    With Android OS, what is the typical way in which users would stop an application, eg. when listening to music, once finished, simply returning to the home screen doesn't stop the music, exit and terminate the application.

    What I have been doing is pressing the pause button, and then the home button since in the menu, since there is no "exit" choice. Is this the preferred way of stopping the music player?
     

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    That's how I ended up doing it yesterday. Embarrassing, since I was just playing with it (the phone) and it took five minutes for me to figure out how to get Led Zepp's Black Dog from howling.
     
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    Pressing pause then home is sufficient. You are right about no exit option, as there isn't one. Android works differently probably than what you are used to. The OS itself will shut down apps as needed when memory is needed for another app. They go into a standby mode if you will, ready to be used again at your discretion. You can go to the manage applications folder under settings, scroll until you find music and tap force stop if you'd rather, but it really is not necessary as the OS does a fantastic job of managing apps and memory on its own. On a related note, if you have or are thinking of downloading a task killer, please don't as many times it will do your phone more harm than good. For example, poorer battery life, lagging apps, random reboots and a whole host of other problems.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Had not planned on downloading a task killer, but won't even consider it now. Thanks.
     
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    Nice choice in music :D
     
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    I just about spit out my cofee reading this. The exact same thing happened to me about 2hrs ago but with Going to California playing on pandora!
     
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    so i have advanced task manager, it has a lil widget that i can click to close everything. it closes instantly!
    my battery life rocks and because of atm, when im running a gps app it closes and i turn gps off. i turned off "enable always on mobile" cause, i only need it to connect to the internet when it needs to. not when im not using it. with this, i dont have any lag...wait...this is the incredible of course its no lag!
    advanced task manager for the win!
     
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    I have just found the same problem i am running task killer only because i hoped it would improve battery life ! is this not the case ? and if things are running in the back ground like Music which will not stop even if i try to kill it with task killer, i had to do a force stop which seems mad why did they not just put a stop button on the music player ???
     
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    rockyridge04--

    You don't have to quite Skyfire, the Music app, or anything at all because the Android OS will stop those when it needs memory.

    For example, if Music is playing, it asks the Android system to consider it foreground, so it will never get forced to quit. But when music is paused it just runs as a normal app. When Android needs the memory, it force quits it immediately. By default, every application runs in its own Linux process. Android starts the process when any of the application’s code needs to be executed, and shuts down the process when it’s no longer needed and system resources are required by other applications.

    If the user leaves a task for a long time, the system clears the task of all activities except the root activity. When the user returns to the task again, it’s as the user left it, except that only the initial activity is present. The idea is that, after a time, users will likely have abandoned what they were doing before and are returning to the task to begin something new.

    If an activity is paused or stopped, the system can drop it from memory either by asking it to finish (calling its finish method), or simply killing its process. When it is displayed again to the user, it must be completely restarted and restored to its previous state.

    Simply stated:

    -- Android is hard coded to automatically kill a task when more memory is needed.

    -- Android is hard coded to automatically kill a task when it’s done doing what it needs to do.

    -- Android is hard coded to automatically kill a task when you haven’t returned to it in a long time.

    -- Most services (while possibly running in the background) use very little memory when not actively doing something.

    --Killing a process when it isn’t ready only causes it to have to reload itself and start from scratch when it’s needed again.

    -- Because a task is likely running in the background for a reason, killing it will only cause it to re-spawn as soon as the activity that was using it looks for it again. And it will just have to start over again.

    -- Killing certain processes can have undesirable side effects. Not receiving text messages, alarms not going off, and force closes just to name a few.

    -- The only true way to prevent something from running at all on your phone would be to uninstall the .apk.

    -- Most applications will exit themselves if you get out of it by hitting “back” until it closes rather than hitting the “home” button. But even with hitting home, Android will eventually kill it once it’s been in the background for a while.
     
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    For the music player, I press the button on my headphones. That'll pause the music whether it's running in the foreground or background. (Another single click will start it playing again.)
     

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