Media controls

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In digital electronics, analogue electronics and entertainment, the user interface of media may include media controls or player controls, to enact and change or adjust the process of watching film or listening to audio. These widely known symbols can be found in a multitude of software products, exemplifying what is known as dominant design.

Symbols[edit]

These are common icons on physical devices and application software. They are commonly found on portable media players, VCRs, DVD players, Record players, Remote controls, Tape players and multimedia keyboards.

A multimedia keyboard with play, pause, stop, skip next and skip back buttons
Symbol Name / function
A light grey circle containing a grey isosceles triangle Play
A light grey circle containing two congruent grey rectangles side-by-side with a space between them Pause
A light grey circle containing a grey square Stop
A light grey circle containing two congruent grey triangles pointing to the left Rewind
A light grey circle containing two congruent grey triangles pointing to the right Fast forward
A light grey circle containing a grey rectangle to the left of a left-pointing grey triangle Skip to the start or previous file/track
A light grey circle containing a grey rectangle to the right of a right-pointing grey triangle Skip to the next file/track
A light grey circle containing a smaller red circle Record
A light grey circle containing a grey rectangle beneath a grey triangle pointing upward Eject
Two arrows crossing each other Shuffle
Two arrows creating a "loop", each pointing to the other's end Repeat

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