[kde-linux] Re: mp3 playback within Firefox?
- From: Mark Knecht <markknecht@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 10:16:04 -0800
On Sat, Dec 11, 2010 at 9:01 PM, Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Mark Knecht posted on Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:21:02 -0800 as excerpted:
Hi all. First post here.
I've been running KDE for a while now but haven't done much personal
configuration. One small problem I'm having is that mp3 files don't play
back within Firefox like OGG files do. What's the KDE specific way of
getting this to work?
I understand that Firefox isn't the KDE browser but I use it on other
platforms and would like to use it successfully within KDE. My system is
Gentoo 64-bit, mostly stable except for a few apps. KDE Ver.-4.4.5. I've
attached a list of packages currently installed.
Hi. Nice to see you on a kde list, too. =:^)
As you no doubt know I'm a gentoo/~amd64 user, running kde, tho you may
not know I run the latest upstream/kde stable from the gentoo/kde overlay,
so am running 4.5.4, now.
FWIW, I do /not/ use firefox for mp3s, but rather, have several other
programs associated with them (and with playlists), with smplayer being
the highest priority association for mp3s and m3u playlists, while pls
playlists are associated with mpd (music-player-daemon), tho I use
qmpdclient's (a qt4 mpd frontend) shoutcast "internet radio tuner" feature
most of the time these days.
Surely, firefox doesn't play them on its own, but rather, plays them using
whatever media plugin is configured for firefox?
Anyway, firefox has its own config, separate from kde.
To change kde's associations (what happens when you click on an mp3 in
dolphin or konqueror), go to kcontrol, the file associations kcm. The
kcm layout changed with kde 4.5, where the file associations kcm is under
common appearance and behavior. IDR what it's under in 4.4. Anyway, once
there, you'd put the file pattern you're interested in, in the search box
at the top, and it'll filter to only the appropriate entry. For mp3, it's
audio/mpeg. Click on that in the left panel and it should let you change
the associations and their priority in the right panel, general tab. (The
embedding tab lets you set whether the default is to open in a separate
viewer or embedded in dolphin/konqueror/gwenview, as appropriate. You can
also set the embedded services preference order much as you can the
associations order on the general tab.)
Firefox's associations are set in firefox. Edit menu, preferences entry,
will open a dialog. Applications tab. I'll let you go at it from there
as I don't claim any particular familiarity with those settings, tho I've
not had any problem changing them the time or two I've needed to. You
might wish to see what it does with ogg, tho, and setup mp3 similarly.
That's the way I'd approach it.
 kcontrol, wrongly aka system settings. kcontrol was the more accurate
kde3 name. The kde4 name makes little sense at all, because at least as
shipped by kde, nearly all the settings there are user- and kde-specific
settings, not system-wide settings applying outside kde and to all users,
as one might expect from what it says on the kde4 label, system settings.
Additionally, kcontrol was reasonably googlable; just /try/ googling
something as generic as "system settings"! At least the kcontrol modules
are still called kcm-s! So I continue to use the accurate name and always
end up attaching an explanation like this so folks who never used kde3
have a clue what I'm talking about.
Duncan - List replies preferred. No HTML msgs.
"Every nonfree program has a lord, a master --
and if you use the program, he is your master." Richard Stallman
Thanks for the welcome Duncan. I hadn't really looked for a list for
KDE until you mentioned it on another list.
Strangely the Preferences Dialog doesn't list OGG files. There are
only about 10 entries there. I tried emerging smplayer and adding it
for mp3's. It works fine, but opens the application every time I click
on an mp3 link. That's really more the way I want a right-click on the
link to behave, when it asks Save File, Open with..., and have
smplayer be the default.
With OGG files Firefox is automatically opening a new tab, and then
running some little XML based player on that page. I like that for
previews as it doesn't open a whole new app and put another app name
on my bottom panel. It's all done just in Firefox. I've very surprised
that mp3s are done the same way.
I guess I need to continue to figure out how Firefox is actually
playing the OGG files.
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