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

ear_candy

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

screenshotearcandy

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10 thoughts on “Ear Candy – A nice PulseAudio volume manager

  1. 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

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  2. 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.

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

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  4. 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?

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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?

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