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I sometimes like to be able to listen to mp3s and watch video files without saving them first.

I used to do this with the Quicktime plugin but I have that bug with 64-bit operating systems where the control bar is black (This hasn't been fixed to my knowledge).

Is there something else I can use?

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ask someone else to download and play the media with the volume turned up really high. – pavium Dec 2 '09 at 0:37
Sorry Brian ... I don't see how you can play the media in your computer without downloading it into your computer first. It may be a matter of definition, though: a Quicktime plugin must have been downloading files for you to view them, even if the downloading took place in the background, and you weren't aware of it. – pavium Dec 2 '09 at 0:41
I edited the post, thanks for the sarcasm. – Brian Ortiz Dec 2 '09 at 2:58
Sounds like you want to stream. – random Dec 2 '09 at 6:06

Check these out:

Online Music Player (OMusic):

OMusic is a Firefox music extension with which you can listen to mp3s while browsing. It supports online and local music playback, as well as sharing music list with your friends.

Unlike the others, OMusic is not a modeless player. It has two modes:

  • A 'simple file' mode to test online music links and listen to it before
    putting it into your list

  • A 'play list' mode to enjoy your collection of music and have fun.


This extension is a mighty practical use of the famous media player VLC ( through the VLC mozilla plugin. It allows to visualize directly in our browser the content of whatever media files before it finishes downloading. You just have to right click the link (it must be an .avi, .flv, .mp3, etc.) you want to watch and choose the mighty "View with VLC" button.

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