View Full Version : Click and hold sound files

May 26th, 2007, 02:07 AM
Has anyone else noticed that if you click and hold on a sound file you hear a preview of that sound? I've noticed that only *.wav and *.ogg work... not sure how to get mp3s to work (if you do lemme know).

Am I really awesome for discovering this cool little feature... or am I really late hoping on this bandwagon?

May 26th, 2007, 02:08 AM
I had no idea.... are you running feisty??? I do not have any .ogg or .wav on my system I do not believe so I will not be able to test it.. I'd love to hear if someone else has....

May 26th, 2007, 02:10 AM
Holy Cow... It does work for me with .mp3s as well!! Except I do not click the files.. I just hover the mouse over them, and they eventually start playing.. this works in Dapper as I had mentioned I am running it.

May 26th, 2007, 02:11 AM
WOW you're right, i can just hover over them.... this is really neat! Kudos to who's ever idea this was!!

May 26th, 2007, 02:13 AM
This used to work for me in Dapper. I only needed to hover over music files (even .mp3's). In feisty, I can't get it to work anymore :(. Of course Edit -> Preferences -> Preview -> Sound Files is set to Always, but it still doesn't work. Not even for .ogg files :(.

May 26th, 2007, 02:20 AM
I found if you move the mouse to the music file then move to the speech bubble it appears ,it play the music.

May 26th, 2007, 02:25 AM
i think you need to install package:

mpg123 or

mpg321 <-- this one is a free implementation of the above me thinks

May 26th, 2007, 02:36 AM
Um, that's a really old feature that's been in various distros of linux for quite a while now. But yes, you can also just point at them, you don't have to hold. I think the idea was that "if images and movies have a thumbnail, why shouldn't a sound file!" but there are lots of plugins to get to be able to play all files, including mp3. I've got all of them, so here's a list:

Gstreamer series:
-Gstreamer extra plugins
-Gstreamer ffmpeg video plugin
-Gstreamer plugins for mms, wavpack, quicktim, musepack
-Gstreamer plugins for aac, xvid, mpeg2, faad

Xine series:
-Xine extra plugins

Get all those and you can play anything!

May 26th, 2007, 03:09 AM
yeah i found it a little while ago. very cool :)

I think I actually found it by mistake!

May 26th, 2007, 10:42 AM
I can easily play all kinds of music & video, with any player, Rythmbox or anything, so I have all the plugins I need. But it still doesn't work :(. Funny thing is, when I was on Dapper, I couldn't get Rythmbox to play mp3's, but I could listen to samples from nautilus :|

Nonno Bassotto
May 26th, 2007, 12:36 PM
Znupi, install mpg321 for mp3 preview and vorbis-tools for ogg preview.

May 26th, 2007, 08:53 PM
Thanks a lot! It works now :).