Version: 2.5 || Release Date: 2008-08-27 || License: Freeware Developer: Rogue Amoeba | App Owner: rogueamoeba

SoundSource is a tiny tool for OS X enabling you to switch your audio input and output sources with a single click. And with the System setting, you can transfer system beeps to a secondary audio source so you won't be disturbed.

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NB: to act on audio output of a specific app (instead of the system wide audio output), there's Audio Hijack Pro

In Snow Leopard you can now option-click the Sound icon in the Menu Bar to select input and output devices. However, I still use SoundSource for ease of access and, my favorite, auto-switch to headphones. This is a very useful application.

Yes, indeed a great utility. I am using it all the time with my usb headset. Unfortunately, I am having a problem when using i.e. RealPlayer and plugging in the headphones. Somehow I have to restart the application in order to reroute the sound stream to the headset. But I think this is specific for some applications which do not follow the "default" way of sound output.

Doesn't allow to choose between output to the headphones or built-in speakers: that is still done by the system automatically, when the jack is plugged in the headphones plug.

ishaq - it probably has everything to do with the Leopard beta. I doubt anyone will be able to provide any advice beyond using 10.4.10 until Leopard's official release, when software will be fully tested and refined for the new OS. There's a lot of new stuff under Leopard's hood, and just about any part of it could be causing some fatal conflict.

The headphone icon doesn't appear on the menu bar after installation completes. I'm using a Powerbook 15", Leopard beta. I have no idea how to make this work. Would appreciate any help.

Super useful menu-based audio chooser. Thanks Rogue Amoeba!


agreed, simple yet useful

Thats so simple, but so brilliantly useful.