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We have an offline "website" (standard static HTML) which contains links to MP3 files. We are using Windows 7 Pro 64bit and Firefox 10.

Every time I click a link, a new audio player window appears (no matter if WMP, Clementine etc). When I have many audio files on the "website", then after some time I have 10 or more player windows opened.

We tried mpeg123, but had the same problem – only CMD were opening instead of GUI windows. Is there any app able to play audio files in "hidden" mode, without creating a new session and opening a new window for every file?

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Why not subsonic.org –  Zoredache Feb 12 '12 at 21:30
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Does this same thing occur when you play the MP3 files locally from a standard double click play from a file? Is the occurance specific to the HTML (local) play ? –  Psycogeek Feb 13 '12 at 1:16
    
@Zoredache: because I need it for offline use. ;-) –  Juhele Feb 13 '12 at 6:49
    
Subsonic can be install on your own system or internal network. –  Zoredache Feb 13 '12 at 7:19
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Your best bet is probably to implement a flash/html5 MP3 player rather than having the user need their own MP3 player. Not everyone has this due to licensing restrictions anyway.

This is good: http://jplayer.org/

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Install VLC media player and opt to install the Mozilla plugin.

Firefox plugin

Note: There is a known bug with the VLC plugin and recent versions of Firefox. The audio controls are not visible. So, for the time being, I recommend disabling the plugin if you installed it!

This has been fixed with VLC 2.0.0!

Now, in Firefox you have two choices: to play audio files in a new tab/window using the plugin or to play them using the VLC application.

Firefox > Options > Application > VLC

I can confirm, on a clean installation of Windows 7, that only a single VLC instance is used when opening new audio files. Using the plugin allows multiple audio streams. If you are still getting more than one VLC window, then your problem lies with your Firefox or Windows configuration.

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Try FoxyTune Firefox add-on:

http://www.foxytunes.com/

Check also this Mashable's article: 16 Great Music Add-Ons for Firefox

http://mashable.com/2009/03/09/firefox-music-addons/

:)

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