When I am listening to music on iTunes, the music is automatically paused when a Skype call is made. I recently switch to Spotify for my music resource. Can I have the same pausing functionality with Spotify, as with iTunes?

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    – Ruskes
    May 14, 2013 at 11:40

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There are multiple ways of achieving this. Here are two possible solutions:


If you're are using Mac OS (OS X) try this AppleScript I quickly bashed up, (please note I'm not really an OS X developer and my knowledge of AppleScript is, to say the least, 'intermediate')


This script was developed by John Huseinovic (john@huseinovic.net)
The purpose of the script is to pause any playing track in Spotify when there is a active/incoming call in skype and resume playing after the call is finished.
The script will only monitor if the both Skype and Spotify are running!
set spotify_status to null
set notificationTitle to "Skype-Spotify Controller"
set call_started to false
set music_was_playing to false
    if application "Skype" is running and application "Spotify" is running then
        tell application "Skype"
            set calls to «event sendskap» given «class cmnd»:"SEARCH ACTIVECALLS", «class scrp»:"AnsweringScript"
            set callID to last word of calls
            if callID is not "CALLS" then

                using terms from application "Spotify"
                    set spotify_status to the player state of application "Spotify" as string
                end using terms from

                set status to «event sendskap» given «class cmnd»:"GET CALL " & callID & " STATUS", «class scrp»:"AnsweringScript"
                set caller to «event sendskap» given «class cmnd»:"GET CALL " & callID & " PARTNER_HANDLE", «class scrp»:"AnsweringScript"
                set call_started to true
                #log "set call_started to " & call_started
                if spotify_status = "playing" then
                    set music_was_playing to true
                    display notification "Active call with " & last word of caller & "! Spotify was " & spotify_status & ", going to pause it." with title notificationTitle
                    tell application "Spotify" to pause
                end if
                #log "call_started is " & call_started
                if call_started is true and music_was_playing is true then
                    display notification "Detected terminated Skype call, resuming Spotify! Enjoy =)" with title notificationTitle
                    tell application "Spotify" to play
                end if
                set call_started to false
            end if
        end tell
        delay 1
        delay 10
    end if

end repeat

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