Ear Candy – A nice PulseAudio volume manager

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EarCandy is a PulseAudio volume manager, but a smart one ! It will automatically mute your music when a Movie or a YouTube video starts. And will mute the video when a Skype call comes in.
A sound level manager that nicely fades applications in and out based on their profile and window focus

Ear Candy Features

-- All volume adjustments are fades

-- Fade out music/video players on skype call

-- Fade to music player with focus when more than one

-- Fade out music player when video playing

-- Push sound to USB headsets on plugin

-- Categories to assign to clients

-- Sniffs desktop files to guess application category ... music/video/VoIP

-- Simplified pref UI for creating rules

-- Volume sniffing to fix youtube video issue

-- PID matching

-- Reset volumes for streams on exit (so streams dont get stuck at a low level)

Whats being worked on:

-- Optional plugins, allowing pause of banshee / rhythmbox etc via DBUS

-- Global mute of managed streams

Install Ear Candy in Ubuntu

First you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add one of the following lines

For Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Users

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/flimm/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/flimm/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

For Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid)

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/flimm/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/flimm/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main

Save and exit the file

Now you need to add the GPG key using the following command

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 6E73CA45

Now update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install Ear Candy Using the following command

sudo apt-get install earcandy

This will complete the installation.

Now you can open ear candy from command line using the following command


If you want you can also add this to your startup applications

Once Earcandy is started you should notice the Earcandy tray icon on top.

Sample screenshot


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10 Responses

  1. shakaran says:

    With jaunty ppa also works on Karmic.

    Nice program!

  2. bluebyt says:

    Thanks but doesn’t seem to work. I get this error, even though I had installed the repisotory.

    sudo apt-get install earcandy
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package earcandy

  3. CyberJack says:

    Nice program.

    One minor problem: After installing both menu and startup applications items are incorrect (on my 9.04). They both try to start earcandy and not ear_candy.

    Once changed they work correctly.

  4. nonc says:

    its great, but wouldn’t it be better if it paused your music instead of muting it. maybe for the next version?

  5. flattop says:

    It installed fine ,but I had the same problem as cyberjack above..Another problem is I have no sound in chromium browser or streamtuner now..How do I fix this?

  6. Fabio Albieri says:

    1) Is this working with the pulseaudio LIRC module ?

    2 ) If yes, would it show an on-screen notification when changing volume that way ?

    This program seems a DREAM for living room media centers, but to be completely perfect it needs the 2 points above to be true.

  7. tuxpower says:

    In my 9.04 runs perfect. Nice application. Now I have direct control of my usb sound without editing the Volume Applet! Great post!

    Only one problem: volume steps are too coarse and I didn’t find a way to refine it. Any idea?

  8. jordanwb says:

    What about lucid?

  9. alex says:

    in ubuntu lucid the program is earcandy NOT ear_candy

  10. C_Ouch_Potato says:

    Does not work in natty

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