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All right, as you have probably noticed, a growing amount of pages in this section have the original melody as a MIDI file. As a matter of fact, soon, every piece whose melody has survived will have its MIDI file, and we'll work on getting the right melody on the contrafacta as well. So, it would help a lot if you could listen to MIDI files, something which was a given with older browsers, but which has become more and more of a challenge nowadays.
Of course, you can always download the MIDI and play it outside of the browser but that can be annoying in the long run.

So, point first: lets see what your operating system is:

Linux
Use Firefox, instal Totem, and you should be all right. I am not sure about other browsers; in any case, install Totem.

Windows
The sad thing is that you'll probably be all right if you have Internet Explorer and QuickTime. This usually works out of the box.
If this combination repulses you, as it should repulse all righteous men, there is a way to make Firefox work. It is extremely complicated; I managed to do it on Windows 7 and Windows Vista, but I haven't tried in any other version. This said, you have to follow three, increasingly tricky steps.

  1. Get Windows Media Player Plugin. At least about this you can trust the Mozilla Foundation. Follow the instructions in the link.
  2. Find the the configuration file, which doesn't show in the normal windows search.
    In Windows 7: click the Windows Start button and type %APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ in the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu, without pressing Enter. A list of profiles will appear at the top of the Start menu.
    In Windows Vista: use the search function, but specify that you need to look through system and hidden files, and non-indexed files. This usually takes a very long time.
  3. Click on the profile with "default" in the name to open it in a window. The file is called pluginreg.dat; open it with a text editor. Not a fancy one, or it'll screw it up with fancy fonts: notepad is probably your best shot.
  4. Edit the file. Look for the WMP section by seeking "Windows Media"; it isn't always called "Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library".
    It will look something like this:
    Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library|$ 10 0|application/asx|Media Files|*|$ 1|video/x-ms-asf-plugin|Media Files|*|$ 2|application/x-mplayer2|Media Files|*|$ 3|video/x-ms-asf|Media Files|asf,asx,*|$ 4|video/x-ms-wm|Media Files|wm,*|$ 5|audio/x-ms-wma|Media Files|wma,*|$ 6|audio/x-ms-wax|Media Files|wax,*|$ 7|video/x-ms-wmv|Media Files|wmv,*|$ 8|video/x-ms-wvx|Media Files|wvx,*|$ 9|video/avi|Media Files|avi,*|$ 10|audio/mpeg|Media Files|mpeg,mp3,mpe,m1v,mp2v,mp2v,mpa,*|$
    Ideally, after you are done, it should look something like this:
    Windows Media Player Plug-in Dynamic Link Library|$ 11 0|application/asx|Media Files|*|$ 1|video/x-ms-asf-plugin|Media Files|*|$ 2|application/x-mplayer2|Media Files|*|$ 3|video/x-ms-asf|Media Files|asf,asx,*|$ 4|video/x-ms-wm|Media Files|wm,*|$ 5|audio/x-ms-wma|Media Files|wma,*|$ 6|audio/x-ms-wax|Media Files|wax,*|$ 7|video/x-ms-wmv|Media Files|wmv,*|$ 8|video/x-ms-wvx|Media Files|wvx,*|$ 9|video/avi|Media Files|avi,*|$ 10|audio/mpeg|Media Files|mpeg,mp3,mpe,m1v,mp2v,mp2v,mpa,*|$ 11|audio/mid|Media Files|mid,*|$
    Personally, I couldn't be arsed to do a nice job. The important thing is that audio/mid|Media Files|mid is there. I picked one of the other MIME types, and simply replaced it: whenever will I need to play a wvx media file, after all?
I haven't tried Chrome, and Opera is completely hopeless.

Anything Else
I really have no idea; MIDIs do not work without tinkering on either Android or Mac browsers, as far as I know. Check back regularly, and I might. Or, if you do, please write me.