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Safari may gain built-in audio controls

updated 12:10 pm EDT, Thu April 23, 2009

Safari audio controls?

Apple is considering integrating audio controls into the Safari web browser, a newly-published patent application shows. Although Windows and the Mac OS have dedicated volume controls, a recurring problem with websites is the tendency to impose unwanted audio, whether in the form of music, voices or sound effects. Many people are already listening to their own music while they browse, Apple notes.

In the proposed Apple scheme, users would have access to a volume slider and a Mute button, both located next to the search bar. The controls could be configured on a universal basis, but could also be applied page-by-page instead, remembering settings for each URL visited. Users could alternately specify the addresses from which they want no sound, or have audio muted or lowered only if another application is running, such as iTunes.

Apple remarks that any version of Safari could be enhanced with sound controls, including that on the iPhone and the iPod touch. Such settings could also be ported from one machine to another, synced along with other preferences from a desktop or notebook copy of Safari.

by MacNN Staff





  1. broohaha22

    Joined: Dec 1969



    patents suck...

  1. MacinTommy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Only makes....

    TOO much sense. I don't see why this hasn't been added into most web browsers!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I frickin HATE those banner ads which contain embedded video clips which blare at you whether you like it or not when you hit a site. I would hope that webmasters realize that I, like many, leave a site immediately when these horribly annoying ads appear.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good idea

    But not something that should be patented in my opinion. Patenting every single stupid thing just acts to fund the lawyers and the worthless court cases that seem to abound these days!

  1. nikstar101

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like it

    This is a great idea. I hate those websites that have audio that pings up at random moments. I would turn off all audio unless i selected otherwise.

  1. EternalGuest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i think at least half the reason apple patents this kind of stuff is that they won't get hit up by another company for infringing on THEIR software. I don't necessarily think every single one of apple's patents exists as a means to keep everyone else from doing something.

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I don't like this

    The more volume faders you have to mess with, the more fiddlin' you have to do to get the volume on. People will turn it down and then forget that it's down. I think a simple preference box to block audio from bannered websites would be a better idea.

  1. serato

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I LOVE THIS IDEA! I am fed up with having to listen to web designers flash c***

  1. mac-a-tac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    great idea... again

    Intrusive ads that blare out at all decibel levels are annoying and undesirable. Leave it up to Apple to hopefully find a solution. Great job Apple. Patent it, license it and make money with it. Buy Apple products and Apple stock.

  1. MiMiC

    Joined: Dec 1969


    excellent - about time

    Just listening to some music while casually surfing and WHAM! Loud obnoxious sound.

    I hope this is released very soon

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