It is really annoying that Skype does not come with an option to pause and resume music playback in the background when you receives an incoming call. The VOIP client Skype 4 currently does not provide a way to automatically pause and resume other sounds on the PC, while the the previous version of Skype offered a way to pause but not to resume Winamp when a call was incoming.
Mute for Skype is a software that can do that, and most of the time without problems. The lightweight application requires the Microsoft .net Framework 1.1 or newer. The developer of the plugin unfortunately misses to mention the supported operating systems on the website. The application worked fine under Windows XP.
The only problem is that this application is not developed anymore it seems. The last version is still a beta version from 2005 and I have doubts that this works in Skype 4. If anyone knows a solution that is still developed let me know, would love to give it a try.
Update: The developer website is no longer available. The program itself has been updated in 2008 for the last time and the latest version that the author has released has been Mute for Skype 126.96.36.199 Beta 1. You can download the latest version of the program from a download portal like Softpedia. There is however no guarantee that it is still working with the latest Skype versions. Softpedia notes that the program is compatible with all supported versions of Windows.
Please note that the program is plugin driven, which means that you can only mute sounds of programs that are supported via plugins. The latest version supports Winamp, Windows Media Player and Sonique.
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