My post yesterday on how to speed up the nautilus file manager mentioned turning off the audio preview feature. Based on a few comments I realize that I have never mentioned how to turn this feature on in the first place. It is pretty simple really, and I’m surprised that I’ve overlooked it thus far–I always install it first thing. It is actually part of another previous post, 5 steps to a new installation, but not in detail on its own.
To setup audio preview within gnome and nautilus you’ll want to install the following using your favorite package manager or command line:
sudo aptitude install mpg321 vorbis-tools
These simple packages should give you audio preview when you rest your mouse on an audio file. It should work for .mp3, .ogg, etc.
I think its so simple that I never really thought about blogging it. Thanks to the commenters yesterday for bringing it up and enjoy! I love being able to preview an audio file without actually having to open it. Makes my world a wonderful place to live 🙂