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No easy way for playing MIDI files on Mac OS X[edit]

On Mac OS X 10.8+, there is no easy way for playing MIDI files in the browser since Quicktime support for MIDI files was dropped. MIDI files can be played using GarageBand, TiMidity++ or the legacy QuickTime 7. There is a hackish way for making your own browser plug-in from an 10.6 or 10.7 QuickTime [1] that involves using an outdated legacy plugin (really a very serious security issue). VLC for Mac cannot play MIDI files either, but there may be a way of building your own VLC FluidSynth plug-in [2].

The current project page says that MIDI files are “not very well supported”. May I suggest adding a sterner warning detailing that Mac OS X no longer supports MIDI? -- j. 'mach' wust | 14:44, 4 April 2015 (UTC)

They're supported among musicians. I'm not sure that the issues that you raise will have much to do with MIDI files being allowed on Commons, since MIDI is the quasi-standard compact instructions-based music format, without significant competition in that role (certainly among free file formats). The difference between MIDI and waveform audio is like the difference between a player-piano roll and a CD -- or more abstractly, like the difference between a vector SVG image file and a JPEG... AnonMoos (talk) 22:25, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
I did not want to question the benefits of MIDI. I would only suggest that we more strongly advise against using MIDI files, seeing users of a major OS will not be able to use those files unless they manually install third-party software. And there is no browser plugin, so the files have to be downloaded. That is quite different from OGG files: You can just click on them and they will play, right there in the browser. You don’t have to download anything, let alone install third-party software.
But of course, the page already discourages using MIDI files and recommends OGG. 18:43, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

MP3 now usable?[edit]

With the expiration of U.S. Patent 5,812,672 on 2015-Sept-22 see: MP3 – Licensing, ownership and legislation is MP3 now patent free and can it be used on Wikimedia? Other US patents commonly claimed as MP3 patents such as PATENT 6185539 and PATENT 6009399 were filed in 1997, which is well after the MP3 standard came out (ISO/IEC 11172-3:1993 came out in 1993). Since the standard came out in 1993, countries where patents can at most last 20 years after publication are also safe for MP3. Jrincayc (talk) 02:57, 14 October 2015 (UTC)