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Manage your sounds with Media Volume Settings

There's s little app in the Marketplace that could be of use to many: Media Volume Settings by Andrea Sabbatini. Version 1.2 just landed and it comes in two versions: trial (fully functional, free but with ads) and paid ($0.99, no ads).

The app is simple enough: on Windows Phone 7, when you go to play music, videos or games, the "media volume" is separate from system volume. That's why in some games, like my favorite Decimation X2, they have a separate slider for "music" which you can lower or raise. This aps gives you global control over that setting, allowing you to choose a default level. This is great in case you want to sneak a game in somewhere but don't want the music to blare through the speaker, announcing your universal boredom with the people around you.

The app has just five settings: Mute, Soft, Middle, Loud or Max plus technically one more--custom, whereby you adjust the slider to your liking. We've tried it on a few devices here and it seems to work quite well. Seeing as you can have it for free, it certainly can't hurt to give it a go. Grab it here in the Marketplace.

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

9 Comments
  • So the "media volume" is why music played through Zune sounds so low as compared to alarm tones played at the same volume level?
  • Presumably. Give it a shot.
  • This is good, since I want my ringer and alarm to be higher than the media volume. I'll give this a try as well, nice find.
  • Daniel how long have you been using the app? I've had it for about a week or so. And have experienced weird sound issues. Example, after listing to audio my over all sound on my device was reduce (notifications, alerts, etc). I had to power off my phone to get my sound reset back
  • Not long as v1.2 just came out today.
  • Does this app run in the background then permanantely?So I just run this app. Crank all up full and never have to worry about low sound - I dont like the fact that I always have to boot apps to put things back in place - dropbox app for example requires booting each time
  • Does this app run in the background then permanantely?So I just run this app. Crank all up full and never have to worry about low sound - I dont like the fact that I always have to boot apps to put things back in place - dropbox app for example requires booting each time
  • Man, conceptually, this app is brilliant. I can't tell you how many times I've been in court (don't tell anybody) and tried to load up a quick game of blackjack or something only to get blasted by music even though my phone was on silent.
  • I got excited for nothing. I need an app that keeps my music volume at full, regardless of my game or ringtone volume. I know I'm in the minority for this, so I'll just live without. However, first dev to create this functionality will get a lot of money from me.