Play MP3 and Audio Files in the Finder

Nov 30, 2010 - 5 Comments

play mp3 in finder

You can play any mp3 or audio file directly in the Mac OS X Finder by hovering over the icon and then clicking on the ‘play’ button that appears. The audio file will continue to play as long as the icon has the mouses focus, if you click away the audio stops.

The same kind of hover action allows you to flip through PDF documents and even play movies in the Finder.

Playing audio in the Finder is a neat trick, but I think that playing music or audio within Quick Look is a better solution since you have a timeline to flip through as well.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Marc says:

    Note: icons size needs to be at least 64 x 64 pixels – on my system at least.

  2. The playback behavior changed with Leopard or SnowLeopard. You used to be able to open a Finder window in column view and play an mp3 and it would keep playing even when it lost focus.
    But I found a way to make the Finder keep playing the mp3! If you Get Info on the mp3 or movie, the Get Info window will keep playing the file while you do other stuff in the Finder. Hurray!

  3. Chris says:

    Thank you so much!!! For weeks I couldn’t use the function on my desktop and couldn’t find any explanation anywhere! Now I read this, remembered I made the icons slightly smaller and finally fixed it!

    Thanks Thanks Thanks!

  4. Justin says:

    How can I disable this feature across all files regardless of icon size? I personally don’t like this when I’m trying to select files and it wants to play them in finder or switch pages on a PDF.

  5. […] album when the screen saver is active, a pop-up play button will appear similar to what is found by hovering over music in the Finder, click it and that album or song will begin to […]

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