I’ve been encountering this issue for awhile, and it looks like it’s been a standing issue for some time and it’s not just me. But I figure if anyone has the answer, it’s someone on here.
When there’s an MP3 that’s linked to in Safari, I can easily download it by right-clicking to “Download Linked File.”
If I’m using a browser other than Safari (I’ve tested with Firefox and Chrome) and I open up a link to an MP3 file, I can save it just fine.
In Safari, playing it in the browser works just fine, but if I try and save the file, opening it in QuickTime, IINA, or VLC gives me the error “Cannot open file or stream!”
I’m going crazy with this. I can’t believe the solution is that, for such a simple task, I need to switch browsers on occasion or, as the post I linked above suggested, make an HTML hyperlink for every MP3 I find. There are many times where that’s not practical.
This has occurred with countless MP3s and other audio files from countless origins, and again, not in other browsers. I’m vaguely recalling this happening with video files too, though I don’t recall or have one on-hand to test (here’s an audio file to test with.) Has anyone else solved this?