How to Make Firefox Save MP3 Files Instead of Playing Them

Whenever you click on an MP3 file link in Firefox browser, it starts to play that MP3 file in the browser itself. This could be very annoying if you wanted to download that MP3 file. For example, I really like the old classic radio shows like Dragnet and sometimes I download the copyright-free MP3 files of the show from But whenever I click on the MP3 files, they start to play in a new Firefox tab. If you do not want to listen to the MP3 files in the browser window, then you can change some options in the Firefox options and make it download the MP3 files instead of playing them. Here is how:

  1. Open Firefox browser, type about:preferences in the address bar and press Enter key.
  2. When the Firefox Options page appears, select Applications from the left side pane.Firefox Save MP3 Files
  3. For the content type MPEG Layer 3 Audio File, choose action as Save File from the drop-down list.
  4. That’s it. Now you can try clicking on any MP3 file links and it will be downloaded instead of being played in the Firefox browser.

Firefox makes it very easy to enjoy music and video right inside the web browser without having to use any third-party media player plugins or apps. But sometimes when we want to actually download the media files, it becomes a very annoying problem. In these situations, you can configure Firefox to download the MP3 files instead of playing them inside the browser.