Firefox: How to download Mp3 and H.264 files
One of the changes that Mozilla introduced in the recently released Firefox 21 was the ability to play mp3, aac and H.264 files directly in the browser. The feature, only available on Windows 7 or newer versions of the operating system, adds a much requested feature to Firefox.
Mozilla plans to launch support for other Windows versions, as well as Linux and Mac in upcoming updates. It is however not clear if full support will become available for all different operating systems. It is for instance likely that Windows XP users will only receive support for playing mp3 files in the browser but not for H.264 contents.
If you click on a link pointing to one of the media files supported by the feature, you will notice that a player interface is loaded to play the file right in the browser.
While that is convenient at times, you may sometimes or even at all times prefer to download the files instead. I'd like to provide you with three options to do just that.
How to download mp3, aac and h.264 files
The player is only launched if the files are directly linked in the browser. This is why the following options won't work on most video and music hosting websites.
- Right-click in the player interface and select Save Audio As / Save Video As. This opens a save window that you can use to download the media to your local system.
- Right-click on the link that points to the media file and select Save As from the context menu. This too saves the file to your local system.
- Open about:config in the browser and set the parameter media.windows-media-foundation.enabled to false. This option disables the player interface and brings back the browser's default behavior.
The third option can be useful if you never play music or video files that are directly linked in Firefox as it displays a download dialog instead whenever you click on such links. (via SÃ¶ren)Advertisement