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    Background Music Alternatives

    Background Music is described as '"Background Music can pause your music player app when other audio starts playing and unpause it afterwards. The idea is that when I'm listening to music and pause it to watch a video or something I always forget to unpause it afterwards' and is an app in the Audio & Music category. There are eight alternatives to Background Music for Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and Windows S. The best alternative is EarTrumpet, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Background Music are Volume2 (Free), Volwheel (Free, Open Source), A-Volume Widget (Free) and Volume Icon (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Dec 3, 2020

    1. EarTrumpet is a powerful volume control app for Windows Features • Visualize audio with multi-channel aware peaking • Standalone volume mixer • Move apps between playback devices • Default playback device management • Automatic updates via the Microsoft Store • Support...
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    2. Volume2 is an advanced Windows audio mixer, a complete replacement for the standard Volume Control. This application lets you easily change the sound volume just by rotating the mouse wheel or by using keyboard hot keys or just mouse move on screen border.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      VolWheel is a little application which lets you control the sound volume easily through a tray icon you can scroll on. It is written in Perl/Gtk2 and works both for ALSA and OSS. You can configure it quickly through its configuration interface.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Android
      A floating volume control to help those that have lost the use of their hard volume keys. It will stay on the screen the whole time but can be closed if watching full screen video, then can be restarted like any normal app.
    3. Volume Icon aims to be a lightweight volume control that sits in your systray. It is often used in conjuction with the lightweight tint2 panel/taskbar.
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    4. Volume Scroll lets you control your main volume by hovering with your mouse cursor over the top menubar and scrolling up or down to change your volume. This will only add an icon to your top menu bar: there is no Dock Icon or menu to this app.
    5. Mute notifications, lower your music, & change the volume of games while staying immersed. Overall system volume, notification volume, and volume of individual apps can be adjusted from the menubar.
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    6. Major audio control.
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