Around Sound allows you to listen to music (or watch videos) and still be aware of your surroundings.
See Compatibility (*Updated 4/9/2012*) section for which music/video apps work.
As seen on ★Lifehacker★:
*Also available PRO version with no ads and PRO only features*
+Street Mode for playing all sound above trigger level
+Better Battery Life (because no ads)
+Landscape Mode support
+Supports the Developer ;)
What it does:
+Uses your headset's microphone to listen for loud noises and pause your music/movie if one is detected, then play back the sound that triggered the pause and continues for a short period of time. Optionally then resumes the music/movie.
Note: Bluetooth Mic Option (pro or pro features) currently only works with mono headsets and not the AD2P kind
Where would I use it?
+At the office: pause your music automatically when someone is trying to get your attention
+At home: Don't miss door slams, children crying, your dog barking, or other warning signs
+At the airport: Relax at the gate and have your music pause when the gate announcements start
+Anywhere relatively quiet where you want to know if something happens around you
Best to use with:
Sound isolating earbud headphones with mic- These are practically earplugs now, so don't miss out on what's around you.
You can use it with just headphones but be aware the microphone used is now your phone. So leaving it in your pocket wouldn't work so well.
How to use:
Make sure your headset is plugged in. Simply start the app, push Start, see the noise level around you, set the trigger level by using your finger to swipe the meter, hit the home button to access your music app and enjoy.
-Needs Froyo or higher (Android version 2.2, 2.3, etc)
-Portrait Mode Only for the free version
-You can't be in a really loud environment otherwise the microphone input will be maxed out and there is no way to detect a louder sound.
I develop on a Samsung Galaxy SIII using the Samsung default music player and pause works without killing the notification bar control or lockscreen control. Recommended.
Winamp: Make sure to enable headset controls, WORKS
Samsung's FM Radio App currently doesn't work (actually crashes the app, sorry)
DoubleTwist: Make sure to enable headset controls, WORKS
Power Amp: Make sure to enable headset controls, WORKS
Uber Music: Make sure to enable headset controls, WORKS
MixZing: Make sure to enable headset controls, WORKS
Others: Should work if you enable headset controls.. email me if not.
MX Video Player
Samsung Video Player (tested on Galaxy SIII)
Network Communications: Full Internet Access (For Ad Supported Version)
Phone Calls: Read Phone status (shuts off the audio processing during calls)
Hardware Controls: Audio Settings, Record Audio (to use the microphone, no audio is ever stored)
Coarse Location(Not GPS): For Ad Supported Version
Write External Storage: For Ad Supported Version
Billing: For in app upgrades
Bluetooth: For Bluetooth mic feature
Broadcast Sticky: For Bluetooth mic feature
This is my first app so please send me feedback good or bad. If something is wrong let me know first before giving a low rating.
Also don't use any task killer apps, they will probably kill this program. And they're not really worth using anyways.
Thanks and enjoy!