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I've seen couple of sites that stream audio to my browser like SoundCloud and Grooveshark, but Firefox doesn't reproduce them in Linux. How can I reproduce these streams?

The console gets filled with messages like these:

[10:48:25.960] HTTP "Content-Type" of "audio/mpeg" is not supported. Load of media resource failed. @!/now-playing
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The problem is that Firefox doesn't include the MP3, MPEG, H.264, etc. codecs by default, hence it relies on the system's installed codecs, which in the case of Linux is GStreamer. Normally, Firefox is built with GStreamer support, but you should check the about:buildconfig page in case this is disabled.

To enable GStreamer you should visit the about:config page and look for the media.gstreamer.enabled key. Toggle it to enabled and restart Firefox. Congrats you have audio stream support.

Still doesn't play!

Now you should be getting:



[10:48:25.961] "MEDIA_ERR_NONE_SUPPORTED"  

This is because of two reasons:

  1. The version of Firefox you are using still doesn't offer support for GStreamer 1.0, so that you are able to reproduce in others players that uses GStreamer mpeg doesn't mean that you should be able too. Install the gstreamer plugins for 0.10 base/good/bad/ugly. In debian based distros should be:

    sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-base gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
  2. You are lacking some plugins. Make sure that you have the correct/complete plugins.

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I'm running the firefox package for Fedora 19. My about:buildconfig has --disable-gstreamer in its "Configure arguments" section. How do I change it? (Besides that, there is no media.gstreamer.enabled key). – That Brazilian Guy Dec 3 '13 at 17:11
@Braiam you provided him a link in the chat?? Come on man, paste it here, so that we call can use it. :-/ – beginer Aug 18 '14 at 10:37
@beginer it was a link about how to rebuild Fedora packages with different options… – Braiam Aug 18 '14 at 11:16

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