If you like to listen to music or audiobooks when you are going to bed, for instance to help you fall asleep or filter out background noise, you may have noticed that there is no option to turn off playback after a set amount of time. Android's default music player does not offer that feature, and it is likely that the majority of players for Android, and even other mobile operating systems, do not support the feature as well.
That's a problem because of two reasons. First, playing audio all night long drains the battery of the device and while you can counter that by connecting it to a power source, it is not ideal either. Second, you may also run into issues if you like to listen to audiobooks. As you can imagine, the audiobook plays on longer than you can listen to it actively. What this means is that you will have to find the position you stopped listening to it actively the next time you listen to it to avoid missing any parts of the narrative.
Sound of Silence is a free application for Android devices that you can use to play sound for a set amount of time.
You only have to specify the time in minutes that you want to listen to music before it is automatically shut down by the application. So, you start to play music in the default music player or another player app, open the Sound of Silence app afterwards, enter the time and tap on start timer to get started.
Before you do so you may want to tap on the settings the app provides you with. You can configure the fade out type here for example. The default fade is steady, which decreases the volume in a steady pace. You can switch to along and down in the free version which plays the audio at a constant volume in the beginning before it lowers it near the end of the selected period.
A premium version of the app is available that provides you with access to three other fade out types, additional color schemes and a widget that you can make use of.
Sound of Silence is a useful app if you listen to music or audiobooks on your Android phone or tablet when you go to bed or take a nap.
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