As suggested in another thread, I’m making this thread to see if there is any interest in an option like this.
2.1.33 saw a relatively minor temporary change to how pasting audio into a field on a flashcard worked. Previously, Anki would play the audio pasted into a field automatically, but in 2.1.33 the audio would no longer play when doing this. This change was reverted in 2.1.34.
I use Anki to learn foreign languages, and I often make flashcards on the go when I come cross an unknown word while watching something, for example. Adding the audio means I’ll have to wait for the audio clip to finish playing before I can get back to whatever I was doing. I think this is a fairly compelling argument against this functionality, especially as a language learner.
Perhaps I’m missing something, but I don’t see the benefits of having the autoplay functionality there, other than double checking that you have the right clip, and that the clip sounds good, but in the few instances that you’d want to do this, you are literally one click away from being able to do this anyway even if the functionality isn’t there: the preview button.
You could of course argue that one can turn off audio from Anki in the volume mixer (on Windows-based OSes, at least), and I have actually done this from time to time, but it means one has to go into the volume mixer and mute/unmute Anki every time you want to engage in TL content or rep cards in Anki. This is a obviously a bigger inconvenience than just pressing an additional button (see previous paragraph).
If, for whatever reason, this functionality has to stay, an option to enable/disable it would be nice.