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I would like to be able to click on a link to a mp3 file in a web browser and select the option to either save the file or open it in the program of my choice. This has always been the expected behaviour until recently.
Now whenever I click on an mp3 file, the web browser opens it in an unidentified built-in media player.
Browsers - problem exists with firefox, chromium and opera.
Distro/Desktop Env - Have found this in OpenSuse 12.2 with Xfce and in Mint 12 with Mate
No plugins are enabled. All media players and browser plugins I could find have been uninstalled, except VLC player (not plugin) which is what I want to use to open the mp3. Browser preferences are ignored. Changing File manager preferences has no effect. I am unable to find any desktop settings which might change the problem.
Has anybody else found this a problem and fixed it?