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Thread: mp3/wav files will not play in Chromium

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    mp3/wav files will not play in Chromium

    When I open a direct link to a mp3 or wav audio file in Chromium, it will not play. I see a player in the middle of the screen, but nothing happens. Ogg vorbis works fine. I have all of the codecs installed, and all of them play in Rhythmbox. Do I have an issue with plugins? If so, which ones do I need?

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    Re: mp3/wav files will not play in Chromium

    It's not just on linux. I believe that Windows Google Chrome has this issue to. Try sifting through the plugin directory to find a quick patch.
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    Re: mp3/wav files will not play in Chromium

    Could you be more specific? Where would I find the plugin directory? It's not in .config/chromium. Also, what do you mean by "try sifting through the plugin directory to apply a quick patch"?

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    Re: mp3/wav files will not play in Chromium

    I believe I encountered the same problem on Lucid Lynx: Google Chromium, an MP3 off the web, player in the middle of the screen, play button grayed out and no sound.

    The solution appears to be this simple: install the package chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra. (I stumbled across this on another forum somewhere.)

    Synaptic is one way to install the package. Select System | Administration | Synaptic Package Manager. Click "Search" and enter the package name. Click on the package and select "Mark for Installation". The click "Apply".

    It can also be done with a single command in a terminal:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
    Enter your password when prompted.

    Note that the package is "non-free". Apparently there are restrictions on the source, and that's why it's not installed by default.
    Last edited by rtb; December 30th, 2010 at 03:21 AM.

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    Re: mp3/wav files will not play in Chromium

    Aha! Thank you. I really think you should be notified of this when you install Chrome, though...

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