Audio​Category Audio​Category Audio​Category Enum

Definition

Describes the purpose of the audio information in an audio stream. Used as a value by AudioCategory.

public enum AudioCategorypublic enum AudioCategoryPublic Enum AudioCategory
Attributes
Windows 10 requirements
Device family
Windows 10 (introduced v10.0.10240.0)
API contract
Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract (introduced v1)

Remarks

These enumeration values are used by the MediaElement.AudioCategory property. If you use the MediaPlayerElement control, you use the MediaPlayerAudioCategory enumeration values to set the AudioCategory directly on the underlying MediaPlayer instead.

Starting in Windows 10, version 1511 the ForegroundOnlyMedia and BackgroundCapableMedia enumeration values are deprecated. For more info about using background audio in your app, see Play media in the background.

Games should categorize their music streams as GameMedia so that game music mutes automatically if another application plays music in the background. Music or video applications should categorize their streams as Media or Movie so they will take priority over GameMedia streams. Game audio for in-game cinematics or cutscenes, when the audio is premixed or for creative reasons should take priority over background audio, should also be categorized as Media or Movie.

Fields

Alerts Alerts Alerts

Audio is for system or application notifications, for example ring tones.

BackgroundCapableMedia BackgroundCapableMedia BackgroundCapableMedia

Audio is for general media, for example audio for video, or streaming audio, and can be played as background. This enumeration value is deprecated. For more information, see Remarks.

Communications Communications Communications

Audio is for peer-to-peer communications, for example chat or VoIP.

ForegroundOnlyMedia ForegroundOnlyMedia ForegroundOnlyMedia

Audio is for general media, for example audio for video, or streaming audio, but should not be played as background. This enumeration value is deprecated. For more information, see Remarks.

GameChat GameChat GameChat

Game chat audio. Similar to Communications except that GameChat will not attenuate other streams.

GameEffects GameEffects GameEffects

Audio is for game-specific sound effects.

GameMedia GameMedia GameMedia

Audio is background (non-event or ambient) audio for games.

Media Media Media

Stream that includes audio without dialog.

Movie Movie Movie

Stream that includes audio with dialog.

Other Other Other

All other streams.

SoundEffects SoundEffects SoundEffects

Audio is for sound effects.

Speech Speech Speech

Audio is speech.