I'm building a music player application (like iTunes or Spotify) and the time has come to implement a volume slider. I was going to implement a system of clicking the volume icon to mute/unmute, but then I realized, why would anyone need to mute the music? If they want to skip a part, they would be better off scrubbing. If they want to stop the sound, they should pause the music. A mute/restore button has the advantage of preserving the original volume level prior to muting, but turning the volume to zero or muting seems unnecessary as explained above.
I consider this to be a common design trait, but here are several applications that do not support muting:
- Google Music
Is this an old and unnecessary design trend? Is there any reason to implement a mute/unmute button in a music player?