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