With so many flash sites making noise, and even worse, today's crop of video advertisements, it would be good if Firefox could implement an option to mute the browser process, so that the browser process would always remain silent if this option was enabled. It could be another selling point over Internet Explorer.
The equivalent Seamonkey bug is bug 24418.
*** Bug 259557 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
In bug #24418 for Mozilla there is a lot of discussing about disabling audio for various types of media or plugins. While that'd be nice to have, what would be really cool right now is to just have that little speaker icon we are all used to down in the status bar that we can click on to mute or unmute, which controls all sounds coming out of the browser and its plugins (if it is hard to do for them all, doing them for a subset and fixing the others later is better than nothing) Is this something that's fairly easy or is it hairy? If some object to having more stuff in the GUI (more icons slowing down the browser) then perhaps a hidden pref changeable in about:config that enables the speaker icon would satisfy those of us who hate browsing around and having an ad start blaring music or stupid talk at us a minute or two after reaching the site....I notice such annoying ads rarely start with the sound right away because the site owners know that people would be annoyed and leave the site if it started up immediately!
You can only disable the whole plugin but not for example only the sound in flash.
bug 24418 is no longer SeaMonkey-only