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Get information about the song playing in the Music Player.


  1. Add a reference to MediaPlayer
using MediaPlayer;
  1. Create a new MPMusicPlayerController
MPMusicPlayerController MyPlayer = new MPMusicPlayerController();
  1. To get information about the currently playing song, use the NowPlaying property:
MPMediaItem Now = MyPlayer.NowPlayingItem;

UIImage MyArtwork = Now.Artwork.ImageWithSize (new CGSize(100, 100));

Track.Text = Now.Title;
Artist.Text = Now.Artist;
Album.Text = Now.AlbumTitle;
Lyrics.Text = Now.Lyrics;
Artwork.Image = MyArtwork;

Additional Information

The MediaPlayer API does not run properly on a simulator. Always test on a device.

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