Arduino mega2560 play an mp3 file while reading another file

My setup is built of Arduino Mega2560 with an Adafruit's Music Maker shield. I am running their "player_simple" example and listen (by earphone) to an mp3 playing in the background. That's work.

Once I try to read additional binary file from the same SD card, in parallel to listening to the music, I hear a white noise through the earphone. Also, the reading of the binary file from the SD card - fails. After resetting the Arduino couple of time (by pressing the rst button on the board), I am managing to hear the music but the reading of the binary file never happens.


  1. I wonder what I am doing wrong? (see the code below)
  2. Is there an option to read the binary file from the SD card while playing a song (loaded on the same SD card) in the background?

Here is the relevant part of the code:

void setup{
    if (! musicPlayer.begin()) { // initialize the music player
        Serial.println(F("Couldn't find VS1053, do you have the right pins defined?"));
        while (1);
    Serial.println(F("VS1053 found"));
    if (!SD.begin(CARDCS)) {
        Serial.println(F("SD failed, or not present"));
        while (1);  // don't do anything more
    // Set volume for left, right channels. lower numbers == louder volume!
    // If DREQ is on an interrupt pin (on uno, #2 or #3) we can do background
    // audio playing
    musicPlayer.useInterrupt(VS1053_FILEPLAYER_PIN_INT);  // DREQ int
    // Play another file in the background, REQUIRES interrupts!
    myFile ="S1F25.bin"); // open the binary file 
    Serial.print (" = ");
    Serial.println (;
    void loop() {
    if (musicPlayer.stopped()) {
        Serial.println("Done playing music");
        while (1) {
           delay(10);  // we're done! do nothing...
void volume_control(){
    volume = volume + 1;
    if (volume > 90){volume = 90;}

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