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I recently switched from PC to Mac and one thing I miss is Windows' application-level volume control (i.e. mute Firefox, turn up iTunes, turn down Skype etc). How can I achieve the same on a Mac? Or better yet, I want volume settings based on location (using HTTP location API or WiFi network name) and time of day or day of week etc.

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FYI - I'm not aware of any way to control volume on a tab-level. –  TJ Luoma May 9 '13 at 22:53

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Detour is no longer under development, and doesn't work in MacOSX 10.5+

Hear is a rather expensive utility ($49.95) and has a number of other audio "Pro" features.

Jack is a low-latency audio server written originally for GNU/Linux and I believe can change volume on a per-application basis. And it's free.

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There's an alternative UI for Jack by the name of QjackCtl. A compiled binary can be fetched here. –  megadroid Apr 11 at 18:42

SoundBunny ($9.99) also provides this function. Supports 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8

SoundBunny by Prosoft Engineering

Update: As pointed out below by Steve Moser SoundBunny cannot change the volume of Sandboxed applications.

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+1 for a great app. It also comes with a 30-day free trial. –  TJ Luoma May 9 '13 at 22:52
Sadly it looks like it doesn't support sandboxed apps. macworld.co.uk/macsoftware/reviews/?reviewid=3443759&pn=1 –  Steve Moser Jun 28 '13 at 18:40

While focused on the app.. OS X Mavericks:

Command+option+up/down arrows

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In which applications does this work? –  patrix Mar 16 at 9:46

On mac, with i tunes the command is cmd and the UP arrow, this also works for divx, vlc ext, with the internet, just use the volume controls F11 / F12.

No need to spend monies on silly apps!

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That's not what was asked. –  Matthieu Riegler May 9 '13 at 8:54

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