Safari 4 won't display Quicktime player controls

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Fishrrman, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Hello all -

    With Snow Leopard, I find that Safari seems to have lost the ability to play mp3 files that have been embedded into web pages (or at least some of them).

    My platform is a white Intel iMac and 10.6.1, Safari 4.

    I'll use a site I visit to provide examples (no financial interest).

    Go here:

    This is an inventory list for a music store that specializes in mandolins, and provides sound samples in mp3 format so that you can hear specific instruments.

    I suggest that you scroll down to the bottom of this list, to the section with Weber mandolins.

    Try opening the links to some of the "Weber Special Edition" mandolins.

    Beneath the pics, the webmaster has included a sound file (note: not all specific instruments have sound files included, but a number of them do).

    Using Safari version 1.3.2 on my g4 (OS 10.3.9), I see the following:
    - The icon for an mp3 file
    - The text, "listen to this Weber Special Edition..."
    - A set of Quicktime "controls" and a progress bar (by which you can play the embedded mp3)

    Using Safari version 4 on my iMac (10.6.1), I see the icon and the text, but no set of Quicktime controls by which to actually _play_ the mp3 file.

    What do I need to do to play such embedded files again? (i.e., to display the Quicktime controls?)

    More info: I downloaded OmniWeb 5.10.1 onto the iMac, and went to the web pages above. Although the Quicktime _logo_ appears garbled, the controls are visible and I can play the mp3 file. So I am guessing that the underlying codecs (or whatever else is used by the OS) to actually play the file are there.

    But switch back over to Safari 4, and the controls are missing.

    Additional info: I cannot confirm, but believe that the files in question were mp3 files originally recorded on a ZOOM H2 or H4 "handheld recorder" and uploaded directly to the website.

    - John
  2. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Works fine for me. Do you have Quicktime 7 installed? It might be that it loads QT7 controls and since those are 32-bit only afaik they might not show up in 64-bit Safari or something. I know I've had problems in Windows where QT controls are shown as just black even though you can click on them because of something like that.
  3. Fishrrman thread starter macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    SOLVED: Safari 4 won't display Quicktime player controls

    I'll answer my own question posed in the topic starter.

    I was able to get the mp3 playback controls to appear again by:
    - Opening my Applications folder
    - Clicking on the Safari icon to bring up the "get info" window, and
    - Checking the box to force Safari to load in "32-bit mode".

    Once that was done, the pages in question displayed properly, and I could again play the embedded mp3 files.

    Not sure exactly why this is going on, but there doesn't seem to be a noticeable difference between running Safari in 32-bit vis-a-vis 64-bit, so I guess I'll just leave it there for now.

    - John

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