Gmail had included a simple audio player for a few years (since at least 2006); it used Flash and it was great. You didn't have to download the entire file to play it, no need for a dedicated player, etc.


Now Google has replaced it with a Google Drive integration that won't work in my browser / OS, has no native player, requires more clicks, needs 3rd-party apps that won't work too, and requires lots of account access permissions:

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Is there a way to get the old player back?

  • @MichaelHampton I'm using Firefox 25 on Fedora 19 at work and Firefox 25 at Ubuntu 12.04 at home. What do you suggest? Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 0:48
  • Another option is to use Insync ($9.99) for Linux to sync your files with your computer, and then just use a native music player like Rhythmbox. Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 1:13
  • With a sync app, I'd have to download all my files from google drive, and all files in its entirety. Not what I want. Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 10:40

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It looks like for some reason Google doesn't like Firefox on Linux. I wasn't able to find any way to get Google's built in player to work, nor any indication from Google that they're even aware it has a problem.

Fortunately it's very easy to play files with a third party app.

  1. Select one of your MP3 files by ticking the check box. Then, from the More menu, choose Open with then Connect more apps.

    Open With on Google Drive

  2. Type music player in the search box and press Enter. Several search results will appear.

    Search Google Drive apps for music player

  3. Choose a likely looking app and click Connect. For this example I chose Music Player for Google Drive.

    Select a Google Drive App

  4. Allow the app to associate itself with its file types, and click OK.

    App added to Google Drive

  5. Now click your MP3 file. A new window or tab should open with the third party music player.

    Music Player for Google Drive

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