Firefox 3.5 adds support for OGG and WAV playback using the HTML5 <audio> element. Great!

However, it also defaults to opening a media player in the browser whenever I follow a link to OGG or WAV. It's not a plugin, it seems to be implemented as a simple HTML wrapper containing <audio>, but I still don't like it. I want to get a prompt to open/download/whatever like with any other media file.

I've set the action for OGG and WAV to ‘Always ask’ in the ‘Applications’ tab on Preferences, but this is ignored. I can't see anything obvious in about:config. Except for media.ogg.enabled, but that just disables format support so I still get an HTML player for OGG, just one that doesn't work. Gah!

Google's not helping today; do any superusers have a solution, before I go bugging the zilla?


Go to Options>Applications in firefox to change you preferences on this.

  • I have done (mentioned in question). They're set to ‘Always ask’, but Firefox still uses the inline player instead of ever asking. – bobince Nov 9 '09 at 23:11
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    My appologies, I sould have read more closely. If you go to tools>add-ons>plug-ins and disable quicktime, you will have to select what you want firefox to do. – sound2man Nov 9 '09 at 23:39
  • I do not have QuickTime or any other media player plugin installed. – bobince Dec 16 '09 at 15:42

OK, it doesn't seem to be possible currently. Discussion in bug 498523.

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