Not necessarily. Whether ASIO takes exclusive hold of the card depends on sound card/drivers. Generally it's desirable for it to behave this way. It's possible to change it with WASAPI (although I haven't checked to see if and how it works.) Does it have to be ASIO? I just switch to something a little less problematic when I'm using music as background for games.
8/21/11 at 1:06pm