posted on Sep, 26 2009 @ 01:39 PM
reply to post by Arbitrageur
I did some research and I'll document what I found here in case someone else runs across this who had the same problem.
I use Firefox and VLC media player with Windows. Apparently there are some plugin compatibility issues based on my research, so it's not an ATS issue
specifically. I uninstalled VLC and removed all preferences and cache when I did. Then I installed the latest VLC player. I tried that with and
without the latest Mozilla Firefox plugin. Even with the latest plugin, the same thing happens, it just starts playing with no controls appearing.
So I uninstalled VLC again, and reinstalled it WITHOUT the plugin. Then I get prompted with an icon that says "download plugin" The only plugin
option I get when i click that is Apple Quicktime. I can't use that because it starts every time I start my PC and uses precious memory for something
I almost never use. As I said this is the first time I've ever come across any embedded mp3 file like this so why give up so much of my PC memory for
an application I've never even needed before and won't need frequently. I have a real problem with Apple not giving us the option to start quicktime
like any other application, when we need it, instead of when the PC starts automatically.
So the workaround I ended up using is the following: I see the prompt for the MP3 file. I click on "quote" to get the raw bbcode and copy and paste
the URL for the ATSmedia location of the mp3 file to the browser, download it, and then open up the downloaded MP3 file to play it.
That's hardly the convenience of an embedded file, however it works, gives me controls, and since I don't come across these very often, it makes
much more sense to do this than to eternally surrender my PC memory over to apple Quicktime that starts whenever I start the PC when I never use
Maybe someday they will fix the plugin compatibility issue, but it appears to be a known issue.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions and help! If I missed some other option here feel free to point it out!