Detour debuts; OS X app re-routes audio

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Audio Hijack developer Rogue Amoeba Software on Thursday unveiled Detour, a new audio utility for Mac OS X.

Detour lets you reroute audio output from individual applications to individual devices, and also lets you control volume of specific applications. For example, you can use Detour to send iTunes music and DVD Player audio to an external set of speakers, while keeping iChat noises on your computer's built-in speakers. And Detour helps if you want to keep the volume on your e-mail notifications lower (or muted all together) while you're still enjoying the music you're playing or the movies you're watching full-blast.

Detour works with USB audio devices like Griffin's iMic and Harmon Kardon SoundSticks, according to Rogue Amoeba, and also has some benefits for users of MiniDisc players, who can use Detour to send audio from a single app directly to the MiniDisc for recording.

Detour works on Mac OS X 10.2 or higher and is available for download now. It costs US$10 through July (afterwards it'll go up to $12).

This story, "Detour debuts; OS X app re-routes audio" was originally published by PCWorld.

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