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I tend to keep quite a few tabs and windows open
while browsing, which often leads me to the
annoying situation where music, sound, or voices
suddenly and mysteriously begin playing from my
computer and I am unsure of the source. This can
be especially annoying when i'm trying to do
else with sound, such as watching videos
or playing games, only to find myself interrupted by
loud exhortations to buy some product or other or
simply interrupted by random music. Sometimes
these come from the annoying tendency of website
ads to have sound and video, and occasionally I've
simply left a video loading in another tab and
forgotten about it. With even a mere ten tabs, it
becomes a massive chore to track down just where
any given unexpected sound is coming from.
I propose, then, a browser plugin that would track
which tabs or windows were playing which sound
files, and display a list of sounds being played, with
an option to disable or enable sound being played
from that tab. By checking through the sounds, it
would be easy to determine which tabs were
playing what sounds, and closing that tab or
shutting off whatever was playing the sound.
[spidermother, Apr 09 2012]
Sound tag on Tabs
A brief article I just came across. [neutrinos_shadow, Nov 11 2013]
||Just a small audio level meter in the tab would probably suffice. Click the meter to mute the audio.
||I was thinking it would work like 'show downloads' does. As I've said before, you can avoid this sort of (annoying) problem by having sounds etc. turned off, and explicitly consenting to any that you want to download. Also, haven't we done this already?
||I might have been thinking of (link), which is a bit different, but addresses the same problem.
||Flashblock and Adblock ? Don't get me wrong, if a site has adverts that's fine by me, but my old system can't display a page with many Flash items in realtime (and too many Flashes in too many tabs and the browser locks up for minutes at a time, thrashing both disk and processor), and mouseover popups are way beyond fair advertising.
||It can of course be seen that i'm not using Lynx at
the moment, but i seriously recommend it when
need none of the other stuff. You need a reason
to use it. Regarding advertising, i don't care about
ones which are not intrusive but i think i've never
responded to one and i suspect it's a myth that it
works. I know it's said that half of advertising is
wasted but i think it might be all of it. The other
thing is that if something is advertised, it makes
me doubt its quality and want to avoid it. I'm on
the other side of this as well because i advertise
myself. I think the same applies to what i do.
||In the "Life follows Art" files, it seems Google Chrome is doing this (or something like it) now (I'm on Firefox); <linky>.
||Is there any reason why the browser couldn't play
sound only from the foremost window, and mute any
windows in the background?
||[MaxwellBuchanan]; you might want to be listening to music from another tab while surfing, but the default should definitely be "mute", with switchability.