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Google Chrome Getting Audio Indicators To Show You Noisy Tabs

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the mumbling-in-dutch dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Google is working on identifying Chrome tabs that are currently playing audio (or recording it). The feature is expected to show an audio animation if a tab is broadcasting or recording sound. François Beaufort spotted the new feature, a part of which is already available in the latest Chromium build."

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Good idea (5, Interesting)

swinferno (1212408) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012601)

This could actually be useful...hopefully FF will follow

Re:Good idea (1)

Mashiki (184564) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012605)

I agree, I hope it shows up in steam too which uses a similar kit for it's in-game web browser.

Re:Good idea (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012625)

Better yet, each tab should have an individual "mute" button, enabled by default. Nothing makes me close a tab quicker than unwanted noise.

Re:Good idea (5, Interesting)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012695)

How about muting all tabs except the one currently open with the option of enabling/disabling any tab explicitely?

Re:Good idea (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012721)

I think this is the only reasonable solution...

If I open 20 tabs, I don't want to mute 10. I just only want the current one...

and I would love a mute button for the current one...

Re:Good idea (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012765)

Bad idea.
I take advantage from notification messages with sound in various sites.

Re:Good idea (2)

psiclops (1011105) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012803)

so unmute them.

Re:Good idea (0)

fbobraga (1612783) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012941)

I take advantage from notification messages with sound in various sites.

so unmute them.

You don't got it: notification sounds from non-active tabs

Re:Good idea (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013039)

I think the point is, all unselected tabs are muted by default, but you can selectively unmute them.

Re: Good idea (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013123)

So every time I jump away from that YouTube video I lose whatever is happening or the music stops playing unless I remember to explicitly force-unmute the tab every single time I open a video? no thanks...Just Just gimme an indicator. How often do I have a tab I don't want playing audio? usually not more than once a month these days (and its usually pretty obvious which one -- that sketchy site with all the pirated tv shows). How often do I have a tab I want to keep playing while I switch away? Several times a day.

Perhaps allowing it to be configurable with a domain-based black-/whitelist would be best.

Re: Good idea (4, Insightful)

cynyr (703126) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013333)

I assume that there would be a whitelist "allows allow tabs at these sites to play sounds" sort of a thing.

Re:Good idea (2)

P-niiice (1703362) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013955)

Stop looking at so many cam sites dude. you only need one.

Re:Good idea (1)

swilver (617741) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012753)

Yeah, I've been wanting that for years, but never managed to find a plugin that does exactly that.

Re:Good idea (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013029)

First hit when doing a Google search, have you tried http://www.mutetab.com/

Re:Good idea (1, Redundant)

bgarcia (33222) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012797)

That would slightly interfere with using streaming music sites like Pandora. I open that up in a tab & move on to other things, leaving it play in the background.

Re:Good idea (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012837)

What part of "with the option of enabling/disabling any tab explicitly" is it you don't understand?
Or is this some kind of weird I-have-a-five-digit-user-id-so-i-don't-even-have-to-read-comments-HURR-DURR thingy?

Re:Good idea (3, Insightful)

Your.Master (1088569) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013201)

The part where you explain how selective unmuting isn't a huge pain in the ass? Whatever selective unmuting UI is created will have to be something fiddly, since background tabs don't have a lot of screen real estate and all the mouse buttons are allocated.

Myself, I'd adapt by dragging those tabs into a new window, rather than fiddling with some control. Still, I think for a general audience, selective muting will be way more palatable than selective unmuting*. As a user, I don't expect Pandora to mute when I switch tabs and I also don't expect there to exist an "unmute" button, anymore than I expect it to mute when I minimize an application, or hit alt-tab, or something like that.

With that said, tablets are causing people to adapt their expectations. I think that pisses people off fairly often, though.

* you might even be able to justify having some buried config option for mute-by-default for those really desperate for that behaviour.

Re:Good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013615)

the interface is not a problem:
1) put a setting in the contextmenu to toggle the mute
2) add a general setting that determines wheter tabs are mute by default or not

Re:Good idea (3, Insightful)

geminidomino (614729) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013943)

Even easier: Make the "indicator" they're adding into a toggle. Then it's a complete non-issue on "quiet" tabs, it's not buried in a context menu, and it works just like the one on phones, tablets, and the various other gadgets-for-the-ui-impaired that are so popular now.

Re:Good idea (5, Funny)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012925)

Thanks for making it harder for me to mix Beethoven and Lady GaGa, you insensitive clod.
Da-Da-Da-DUHHHHH. . .'Pa-Pa-Pa-Poker Face'

Re:Good idea (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012977)

I don't know which song you've ruined most by pointing that out. I think always knew; but didn't tell myself. Whats the word for Un-eureka?



You ruined Da-Da-Da-DUHHHHH the most :)

Re:Good idea (1)

the real darkskye (723822) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013237)

Bazinga!

Re:Good idea (2)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013331)

Whats the word for Un-eureka?

I'd say reversing it, akerue, but you might get flattened by a turning ox [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Good idea (3)

Karl Cocknozzle (514413) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012965)

How about muting all tabs except the one currently open with the option of enabling/disabling any tab explicitely?

I like this, but the problem I see is the unexpected suddenly blast of noise when you switch tabs--if the irritating people who use sound on their web-site to grab your attention know most browsers are "muted by default" their tendency will be to have a constantly looping message playing (braying) at maximum volume so that if you switch to that tab you almost certainly hear the message. Or they'll figure out how to discern if their tab is "muted" and wait to start the noise until you shift focus to that page and "unmute" it.

All things considered, it seems unfortunate that web-developers can't just get the message: "NO WE DON'T WANT TO HEAR YOUR FUCKING NOISE!"

Mute all unless unmuted... (2)

leuk_he (194174) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013721)

Ik i Choose to play a video. manually, in focus.i MIGHT want to hear the sound. In that case i do not want to check
-video sound setting
-Tab sound setting.
-browser sound setting.
-global sound setting.

(it gets worse when playing in a remote virtual machine )

I never ever want to hear sounds in ads. That is the second most important reason that i invest too much time in ad-blocking.

Re:Good idea (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013375)

How about muting all tabs except the one currently open with the option of enabling/disabling any tab explicitely?

Much of the noise can be avoided by allowing plugins only by clicking.

Re:Good idea (1)

markass530 (870112) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013385)

i was shocked when I learned was no mute function on either firefox or chrome a couple years ago when i first sought one out. i ended up having to go with flashblock on firefox, which was just kinda fixing part of the problem

Re:Good idea (1, Interesting)

David Betz (2845597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013543)

This is a VERY good idea!

Re:Good idea (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013819)

I realize you're new, but this isn't Rush, just saying 'ditto' (or equivalent) does not add to the conversation.

Re:Good idea (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013979)

Yes, here we say "Mod parent up" :-)

Re:Good idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012865)

"Better yet, each tab should have an individual "mute" button, enabled by default. Nothing makes me close a tab quicker than unwanted noise."

Amen, brother. Dozens of times I woke up the whole house when I was surfing for an hotel and their page insisted on playing loud music when opening up their fucking Flash-page.

Additionally it's usually done for a 800*600 resolution and unzoomable so that you can't read shit on a modern HighRes screen. And often they play songs that I'm sure they don't have the rights for.

Why is it that so many hotels and restaurants use that crap?

Re:Good idea (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012979)

Amen, brother. Dozens of times I woke up the whole house when I was surfing for an hotel and their page insisted on playing loud music when opening up their fucking Flash-page.

Additionally it's usually done for a 800*600 resolution and unzoomable so that you can't read shit on a modern HighRes screen. And often they play songs that I'm sure they don't have the rights for.

Why is it that so many hotels and restaurants use that crap?

Sounds like a golden opportunity to use the DMCA to make the web a slightly better place...

Re:Good idea (3, Interesting)

fragfoo (2018548) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013159)

I find these ideas awesome, another thing browsers could is to color code tabs by cpu/memory usage or something. So you know which tab is slowing you down.

Re:Good idea (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013407)

+1

Re:Good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43014011)

Thinking of it, the same could be done on the OS level for programs on the task bar (for those who still have that).

Re:Good idea (4, Interesting)

mbstone (457308) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013161)

How about identifying noisy websites in Google search results?

Re:Good idea (5, Insightful)

rainmouse (1784278) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012665)

Im glad they came up with this rather than having Apple patent it.

Re:Good idea (3, Funny)

cbiltcliffe (186293) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012737)

Don't worry, Apple's probably going to patent it, anyway.

Re:Good idea (1)

telchine (719345) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012815)

Im glad they came up with this rather than having Apple patent it.

Apple Records or Apple Computers?

Re:Good idea (1)

jimshatt (1002452) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012841)

I eat Apples for breakfast! Muhahaha.

Re:Good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012883)

How do you like them apples?

Re:Good idea (1)

fbobraga (1612783) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012975)

And if it is a submarine patent right now? I smell problems in the future...

Re:Good idea (1)

Eraesr (1629799) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012673)

Yeah I think it's a great idea. I just hope it works beyond HTML5 implementations of audio and is also able to tell me if plugins are playing audio (like flash or silverlight animations).

Re:Good idea (1)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012901)

I have a suspicion it's only gong to work for a few select technologies, and perhaps just one or two OSes.
There are so many ways to produce sound that it's hard, bordering on impossible, to catch them all.
You can't even rely on the mixer, because you may bypass it (wmaudio, asio) or have a system that's so configurable in a convoluted 80s way that it's impossible to tell what it's doing (PulseAudio).
So detection will likely be at the highest level, and limited.

The question then is whether a 90% solution is good enough - if you get so used to it that you rely on it, you may find that a livecam ad suddenly starts blasting audio that the browser didn't detect. Murphy tells us that this will be while your boss or wife (but, I repeat myself) sits nearby.

Re:Good idea (4, Informative)

Eraesr (1629799) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013271)

Good point. Also, after I posted my message I clicked one of the links in the article and found that so far it appears to work only for the HTML5 version of YouTube, which makes me believe that this only works for HTML5 controls, which means that annoying flash ads with sound can still creep through.

Re:Good idea (2)

devman (1163205) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013927)

Chromium runs each tab as a separate process. It is easy to identify which processes are using audio.

In Linux you can easily identify individual Chromium tabs using sound by using `lsof | grep snd` . Try it. Open bunch of slashdot tabs and then open one youtube tab and play a video with sound then kill that PID, it should only kill the youtube video.

Re:Good idea (4, Insightful)

ikaruga (2725453) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012785)

Useful? What an understatement. This feature is could potentially being a life saver for the porn addicts browsing websites that open multiple tabs with video/chat feeds in the background.

Re:Good idea (1)

fbobraga (1612783) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012987)

+1 Informative!

Re:Good idea (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013001)

I always wondered why FF insists on starting to play video on tabs that are in the background. It is so irritating that when browsing YouTube I always have to move to other tabs to pause videos (I often CTRL-click to open a video for later watching). Just not playing is much nicer. Just load that Flash thing, but don't run it unless it's in the foreground.

Re:Good idea (3, Informative)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013453)

IE10 does exactly that. If you open YouTube videos to background tabs, they won't start playing until you activate the tab.

For Firefox, I recommend installing the Flashblock addon [mozilla.org] , which allows you to start Flash plugins manually by clicking them.

Re:Good idea (2)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013657)

I have that add-on, but YouTube is one of the very few sites that is on my allowed list as that's a site where flash is actually functional (yes, you read that correctly, "flash" and "functional" in one sentence). I got bored with having to click every time...

Ideal for YouTube would be that the video would start loading (buffering) but not playing when the tab is in the background, so when I get to watch it, it's ready to go.

Re:Good idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013801)

You think that IE10 has paused playing. In reality it's just that IE is so slow.

Re:Good idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012801)

Yes, it's a great start. All that's needed now is to tie in detection of auto-playing audio in a website to the protocol that allows you to punch advertisers in the face over the internet.

Re:Good idea (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012993)

Yes, it's a great start. All that's needed now is to tie in detection of auto-playing audio in a website to the protocol that allows you to punch advertisers in the face over the internet.

If we told the MPAA that it would stop piracy, we could probably get the inclusion of a small claymore-style shaped charge in all new monitors mandated by law...

Meaningless post (-1, Redundant)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012603)

for a meaningless story.

Re:Meaningless post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013473)

Care to elaborate? Seems like an useful feature which is nice to discuss about.

Coincidence? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012621)

21 Web Browser Features We Desperately Need [cracked.com]

How long has this been in development again?

Re:Coincidence? (1)

mestar (121800) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012833)

This is not a case of science fiction predicting the future.

This is a case of humor predicting the future.

Re:Coincidence? (1)

fbobraga (1612783) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013013)

I NEED a "kill with fire" button in my browser - and an entry for the fire department in the bookmarks (or not)

Re:Coincidence? (3, Insightful)

ElementOfDestruction (2024308) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013077)

Longer than 6 days I would bet.

What they need is a fix to rid the world of all of these ridiculous, horrible "Slideshow" websites. 21 fixes? OK Give me a list on one page - maybe two if you want to increase your ad revenue. There's not much in Web 3.0 or whatever the fuck we call ourselves on, but it's horseshit.

Re:Coincidence? (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013507)

I know a feature we need: an option to not allow the browser to open new windows in any situation. See, there is the standard pop-up blocker in every browser, but there is still some scripts which are triggered to open a new advertisement window when you click the current page, for example.

Not just for memory management (2)

cpicon92 (1157705) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012629)

From TFA:

Google Chrome Team is working on identifying tabs that play audio in order to exclude them from the list of tabs to discard when memory runs out.

I hope they keep the indicator in the final builds, it will be useful for closing tabs with obnoxious sounds coming from them.

Re:Not just for memory management (5, Informative)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012867)

(Slightly OT) Like Slashdot? Not sure what was up yesterday, but I kept getting a (Swedish) ad on this site, one that expanded by itself even without rolling over it, and played video with (loud) audio. Great fun when idly browsing ./ during a conference call.

I thought advertisers wised up about doing that that sort of thing in the last decade. Suffice to say I finally disabled ads on ./

Why are there noisy tabs at all? (1)

marvo (1263656) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012635)

Wouldn’t it be more useful to have an option to mute all background tabs by default?

Re:Why are there noisy tabs at all? (2)

tofarr (2467788) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012711)

A lot of people open music playlists on youtube / music sites and play them as background tabs - muting background tabs by default would annoy these people. (Unless there was some kind of white list you could add them to - but maybe that is overcomplicating the situation...)

Re:Why are there noisy tabs at all? (1)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012983)

Unless there was some kind of white list you could add them to - but maybe that is overcomplicating the situation...

Not really - it'd be the same as scripting whitelists et al.

Tabs should have miniature thumbnails of the page (1)

KrazyDave (2559307) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012657)

... which when selected would open full-size pop-ups of the tabbed page so you can view the entire page in a pop-up without selecting the tab and displaying the entire page. Is that a great idea or WHAT?! Google - are you listening? P.S. Google: I'm available for consulting work!

Flash and plugin sounds (4, Interesting)

etnoy (664495) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012677)

I remember this being discussed on the FF bugzilla years ago. It was seen as a very good idea, but the issue was (at least then) that most audio is played by Flash applets which the browser can't control, thus making it useless in most scenarios. I wonder how Chrome tackles the issue of plugin content playing audio.

Re:Flash and plugin sounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012789)

It hooks the audio device I/O, at least in Windows. No idea what it does on the unixes.

Re:Flash and plugin sounds (1)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012985)

How will that work when my sound card uses ASIO and has its own mixer instead of the OS mixer?

Re:Flash and plugin sounds (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013561)

Then it possibly does not work at all.

Re:Flash and plugin sounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012949)

Play audio in your browser and then look into your audio control panel. It'll show that it recognizes which application is playing the sound, at least i windows 7 and up. I'm pretty sure browsers can do the same with the native OS feature. Each tab is run independently so it shouldn't be terribly difficult. But what they should do is prevent tabs from opening when reloading the session because loading 15 pages when 3 of them have audio is a big pain.

Re:Flash and plugin sounds (5, Informative)

slart42 (694765) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013293)

I remember this being discussed on the FF bugzilla years ago. It was seen as a very good idea, but the issue was (at least then) that most audio is played by Flash applets which the browser can't control, thus making it useless in most scenarios. I wonder how Chrome tackles the issue of plugin content playing audio.

Chrome uses it's own build of the flash plugin, which is not using the NPAPI plugin API, but Google's own Pepper API, which has support for Audio built into the API - and thus will handle playback of the audio through the browser, so the browser has full knowlegde and control of the audio.

Re:Flash and plugin sounds (1)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013675)

If the browser is launching the plugin, can't it pass arguments to use a specific audio device? In that case, have the browser create a dummy audio device that routes to /dev/null unless it's specifically enabled.

This has been on the wish list for a loooooong tim (2)

mfarah (231411) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012719)

This feature was listed as #21 in http://www.cracked.com/photoplasty_529_21-web-browser-features-we-desperately-need_p21/#21 [cracked.com] - and, from all of them, the one is actually easy to implement. Hell, users have been wishing this kind of feature since before tabs even existed! I can only wonder what took so long for any dev team.

I hope Chrome gets this on the stable release ASAP, and Firefox and Opera follow suit, Explorer can go frack itself for all I care.

Re:This has been on the wish list for a loooooong (1)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012997)

the one is actually easy to implement

For HTML5 audio/video, yes. For Flash/Silverlight, not necessarily.

Re:This has been on the wish list for a loooooong (1)

mfarah (231411) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013081)

the one is actually easy to implement

For HTML5 audio/video, yes. For Flash/Silverlight, not necessarily.

Considering most of the others are DWIM in nature, or at least require almost an AI working inside the browser, I'd say they're easy. :-D

Re:This has been on the wish list for a loooooong (1)

RaceProUK (1137575) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013847)

Do you really think there's an API for asking a plugin if it's playing audio? And if there is, do you think the plugin will always tell the truth?

Can they also... (2)

dohzer (867770) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012747)

... implement a little 'penis symbol' so I know not to click that tab when someone else walks into the room?

This is great news! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43012769)

There is nothing more sinister than having a single tab play questionable porn at maximum volume for the enjoyment of everybody around you.

even better (4)

smash (1351) | about a year and a half ago | (#43012859)

How about also DISABLING/muting audio in all inactive tabs?

Re:even better (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013005)

because some of us like to go to youtube and listen to music as we surf.

Re:even better (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013071)

Can the rest of us have the option of muting, or does your desire outweigh everyone else's?

Re:even better (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013263)

The guy you're responding to is an AC commenter on Slashdot, not one of the core Chrome developers.

Re:even better (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013655)

actually i am a chrome developer at google.

Re:even better (1)

smash (1351) | about a year and a half ago | (#43014021)

Obviously it would be an option.

Difficult to do (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013115)

For HTML5 stuff this should be a cakewalk. But for plugin content, they are separate processes that route audio directly to the OS/driver system, not the browser. Therefore the browser has little to no control over them.

Re:Difficult to do (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013691)

For HTML5 stuff this should be a cakewalk. But for plugin content, they are separate processes that route audio directly to the OS/driver system, not the browser. Therefore the browser has little to no control over them.

Don't give any CPU time to a plugin on an inactive tab.

Where was this... (1)

aycaramba (766637) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013137)

15 years ago??

A website that records sound? (4, Interesting)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013141)

I don't know that I have ever encountered such a site. Not that one couldn't exist, but I've never seen one. What am I missing out on?

Re:A website that records sound? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013505)

In our online degree program, we use a proctoring system that records audio and video. It's in flash, though, and students must accept and approve the recording.

Excellent! (1)

Dresden Sparrow (2850503) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013199)

Excellent!

Competition is good (0)

Dresden Sparrow (2850503) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013211)

Good to see things get more awesome over time. Good to see good innovation.

Finally! (1)

lessthan (977374) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013307)

Now all Google has to add is the hunt-down-and-do-violence-to-their-person button to find the designers who thought that music on opening was a good idea in the first place.

Stop the automatic videos and audio clips! (2)

ebinrock (1877258) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013371)

This would be a step in the right direction, but I wish website designers would stop the practice of having videos and audio clips play automatically when you load the page, without warning (it almost jolts me out of my chair every time). And the audio mute button next to the video isn't good enough, not after it's already scared the bejesus out of you.

Better still... (1)

JimR (101182) | about a year and a half ago | (#43013779)

Personally I'd like to have _all_ activity (audio, network, CPU, everything) stopped on every tab except the active one. If I want to be annoyed I can pop the tab into it's own window (or if someone cares to implement it - you could have per-tab controls).

Who cares... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013781)

Until they bring back side tabs, or let addon authors modify the UI to accommodate their own, a lot of us don't give a crap about Chrome.

I don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43013823)

Obviously there is a need for this, given that it is being added to the software and the support shown for it in the comments here... but why?

The only time my tabs make noise is when I specifically tell them to.

I go to YouTube. I start the movie, it makes noise. Until I press play, it's nice and quiet.

I go to Pandora. I start my playlist. It plays music. But until I press play, it's nice and quiet.

I go to some random flash game. I press play. The game makes beeps and bleeps. But until I press play, it's nice and quiet.

Where do people go that a website starts making sounds automatically?

I'm not trying to be facetious; honestly, I can't think of a single time that has happened to me.

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