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A feature of Windows 7 that I really like that it can decrease the volume of system sounds/music by 50%/80%/mute entirely when it senses communication activity, ie. Skype call, Google Voice call, etc.

Is it possible to do this in OS X either out of the box or with a third party app?

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Skype has a preference called "Pause iTunes during calls", enabled by default. In "Telephone" it's called "Pause iTunes during call" and iChat pauses iTunes automatically, without any preference. There is no system-wide setting however, but there are not many phone apps remaining than those as well.

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Yeah I could see Apple using this in their Facetime stuff. –  hobs Apr 18 '11 at 20:02
    
This is good info. I use Google Voice most of the time so, I was hoping for something that would work with that. –  Owen Apr 19 '11 at 13:18
    
You can use iChat with Google Talk and Voice, but unfortunately not the normal landline/cell calls. –  Patrick Apr 19 '11 at 18:20

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