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If you are still using Chrome, I’ve noticed over the past week or so that a little speaker icon now appears on whatever tab is playing music or a video. It’s one of those little things that makes a bigger difference than I would have expected. No more clicking tabs and scrolling around trying to find the source of my annoyance. Thanks Google!
There is a browser extension on Chrome, not sure about other browsers. The one available for Chrome, MuteTab, is nearly useless to be honest. It just stops scripts on a page, if (BIG if) it even detects anything. There was a Chrome beta that had a little red speaker appear on the tab with audio, but as far as I know this has never made it out of beta. Too bad - that would be a useful little addition. About the only thing I can recommend at the moment is to install AdBlock Plus, which should at least prevent some of the ads that start autoplaying. I suppose NoScript would prevent media from playing, but it has such a negative impact on the online experience that I rarely enable it. I switched from Firefox to Chrome about a year ago, and I don’t recall there being a solution available for Firefox at that time either.