Killing Background Music in Firefox

Many of my friends use Xanga to publish their online journals. That’s all fine and well given that most of them use relatively tame color schemes and such (but not all).

However, something that has always made me angry is when I’m reading a entry and suddenly out of nowhere music starts playing. You see, Xanga offers it’s users the option in its settings panel to add music to your Xanga site. I want to strangle the guy who added this ‘feature’. It’s almost always crappy sounding and there’s no way to turn it off because the player is always hidden. I’m nearly always listening to music of my own when surfing the web, so I don’t need your music to make it any better, thank you very much.

I’ve seen makeshift solutions such as using Adblock to ban media files but this can also cause problems because it also blocks some websites at the same time (not to mention Adblock currently doesn’t play nicely with Flash 8.0). I’ve also tried editing my userContent.css file to nuke offending embed’s, but that didn’t work for me either.

Then I discovered BGM Conductor, which is a Firefox extension to control the playback of embedded sounds. You can either leave sounds on by default and selectively choose when to turn the sound off or just disable background music completely. This was perfect, but it wouldn’t install on anything higher than Firefox 1.0. Plus, it didn’t work for the audio format everyone on Xanga seems to love: ASF.

So I decided to modify this great extension to work on newer versions and to aid my music problem. The result is here:

Download and install BGM Conductor 2.0.3a.

This version is Firefox 1.5 ready and also effectively silences ASF media from ruining my iTunes selections. I’m a happy camper.

Categorized as Internet

By Reid Burke

Hi, I'm @reid. I work on developer tools at Yahoo. I serve at Awakening Church with a focus on technology. I also enjoy riding motorcycles.


  1. I tried out your BGM 2.0.3a on my desktop a few days ago, worked GREAT! I love it… came back to update my laptop and the file wont install, says “Bad Download”

    Maybe the file is corrupt?

    Any help in this would be great, I am sending all my players here to get it, if they haven’t already… would hate to have broken links on such a wonderful extension!

    Keep up the good work!

  2. BLiZZ: Are you trying to upgrade an old BGM Conductor extension? Try removing the old BGM Conductor extension, restarting Firefox, and reinstalling my version, and restarting Firefox again and see if that helps.

    I just tried this process on Firefox 1.5 for Mac and it worked fine. In addition, the download and install link in the post seems to be still valid for me.

    Please try again and let me know if you have any luck 🙂

  3. I am not sure… I waited a day, tried it again and it worked great! I want to thank you for all you have done with this, awesome!

    One small thing… any plans to make it compatible with 1.5.1? FireFox keeps asking me to update to 1.5.1 but that the BGM C wont work, so I keep putting off the update.


  4. Thanks Limlus… I was hoping to get around to making those revisions myself. I’ll update the post soon with your version and give you credit 😉

  5. Thanks guys this is a HUGE help to my site and players! You are both awesome and both your sites are now linked from my pages! Many thanks!

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