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I have noticed a strange feature on my Dell Latitude running Windows 7 and Skype. When I am listening to music on the headphones, and Skype rings, then the audio I was listening to is redirected to the computer speakers, while Skype takes over the headphones. This is infuriating as my co-workers are treated to 1 second snippets of whatever rubbish I have on at the time.

Any ideas on how to stop this happening? I messed with some of the settings on Skype, but nothing seems to make any difference.

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A similar thing happens on some HP models too... –  Corey Jan 4 '11 at 16:54
This is possibly the most obnoxious "feature" skype has. I have no idea why it's enabled by default. Good question! –  nhinkle Feb 6 '11 at 11:16

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Only suggestion i could have is to check your media player, and Skype, and change them from using

  • Default Windows Playback Device

to specifically use one of

  • Realtek Audio Output
  • Logitech MRU-1601 Headphones

i.e. force it to something.

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That was pretty close - I had to set the "Ringing" option to "Use Selected Speaker" (on Skype that is) –  Greg Reynolds Jan 4 '11 at 17:02
I did this last time it happened. Just happened again, despite Ringing is set to "use selected Speaker". Skype is Hijacking all my audio devices, Like I have it set to ring on all devices, which I don't.. My Music Audio just played to my dev team. :S Even muted, it was skipping on and off. –  Doomsknight Jan 27 '12 at 16:48

I've selected speakers instead of headphones from the Skype audio settings, and now Skype uses the same audio device as the player does

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