Spotify mutes itself when system sounds play


Spotify mutes itself when system sounds play

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United States 


Desktop PC

Operating System

Ubuntu Linux 18.04.1 LTS


My Question or Issue

 The desktop audio player, along with several other audio players, randomly mute, but not so randomly, it happens whenever a system alert sound plays. Thanks to this topic:


I already found a solution, but I'm adding more to the topic, in case anyone finds this, since the other topic is already locked.


You don't need to reboot after making the change to /etc/pulse/, where you need to comment out the line that loads the module named module-role-cork.


You can issue the following command, without even using sudo, to unload it from the running instance of PulseAudio, so it takes effect immediately:


pactl unload-module module-role-cork


It's supposed to "stick a cork" in your streaming audio or video, whenever a communications audio stream starts playing. Unfortunately, it seems that all system notification sounds have the same stream identification, so they mute everything as well. What a shame.