[Assist] Anyone else unable to play songs on bandcamp.com in IceCat?

IngeGNUe ingegnue at riseup.net
Sat Jul 2 16:23:25 BST 2016

On 07/01/16 21:36, Sergei Akhmatdinov wrote:
>>>>> "Unable to play audio. Your browser must support native playback
>>>>> of MP3 or you must have the Adobe Flash Player installed."
>>>> That’s interesting. Is it still broken?  
>>> As of right now, yeah, still broken, but with the latest update I
>>> get infinite spinning discs and tracks that start, play nothing for
>>> a few seconds, then stop. This time, no errors.
>>>> My Icecat no longer played videos on Facebook with a similar error
>>>> message since the day before yesterday, but today it works again.
>>>> (Back then I still thought it was just another bug in that evil
>>>> social network; there are plenty even with other peoples’ Firefox
>>>> on Windows. I guess this one isn’t on them.) Maybe it’s the update
>>>> to webrtc-audio-processing that fixed it? I don’t know.  
>>> I've been unable to play Facebook videos since I don't know when (I
>>> don't visit it much, unless I have to) and assumed it was some evil
>>> DRM.
>>> If you browse to bandcamp.com and hit play on something random
>>> (anything really) are you able to play the track?
>> Also: I checked with the website owners, and they said they haven't
>> made any changes recently. So, it probably is an update that broke it.
>> Browsers and website designers have an interesting/horrifying
>> relationship.
> Facebook and Bandcamp both rely on non-free code, so I am a bit shocked
> to see this question being discussed here. 
> Not to mention that MP3 is a tainted and patented audio format.
> I'd check for you, but I would prefer not to run the ambiguously
> licensed embedded player.
> Way I see it, if it doesn't work, Icecat developers protecting you from
> non-free web code is probably the reason.
> Of course, in the end it's your choice to whether to run non-free code
> or not, but I feel like it defeats the purpose of using Parabola.
> Cheers,

Well, there are few places where you can download stuff in OGG and, if
you like, bandcamp is one of the few places I know where you can get
music licensed under the creative commons. Also, there are a number of
websites that run nonfree code but I have no control over that. IceCat,
like Iceweasel, runs nonfree Javascript.

Even music that I get as MP3 I convert to OGG.

If IceCat devs are protecting from nonfree code being run, they weren't
doing that before, so unless I can confirm that the reason these things
aren't playing is because of that, instead of something that broke,
then...you see what I'm saying?

And again, I was led to think this was a bug rather than a freedom thing
because Iceweasel plays the music. So I doubt that the reason is nonfree
code -- I think it's more to do with breakage.

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