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Using Soundcloud without Adobe Flash?

  • 6 April 2017
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Hi everyone,

so I enjoy listening to Soundcloud while at work. Unfortunately the IT department here has decided that using Flash is too high of a risk (as well as the folks at Mozilla, which is why old versions are generally blocked by Firefox) and won't update it.

(https://blocked.cdn.mozilla.net/p1226.html)

So now I can't use Soundcloud (and Amazon Music, my other source of musical enjoyment).

I tried unblocking it but it didn't work. (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/quick-tips-unblock-flash-player-firefox-saeed-khodor-mba)

Any ideas? I already tried to talk to IT but I'm on thin ice since we are not supposed to use the browser for private purposes. Is there a way to use Soundcloud without Flash?

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Amazingly they still do not support HTML5, and still use outdated, and highly insecure flash. I am actually dumbfounded, seeing this issue was presented in 2015: https://soundcloudcommunity.com/soundcloud-on-your-computer-230066/how-do-i-switch-from-flash-to-html5-6635374

You may be able to use a native client out of your browser like this: http://www.soundnodeapp.com/ I'm not sure

You may be able to use a native client out of your browser like this: http://www.soundnodeapp.com/ I'm not sure


Thank you for your answer.

I tried using the app but it doesn't work (I guess because of the same reason - Flash). Screenshot enclosed.

:(

I don't have a Github-account, otherwise I would report this issue.

(https://github.com/Soundnode/soundnode-app/issues)
I actually recommended Soundnode with no knowledge of it's status, or if it would work. i Tried it on Fedora 26 and Debian testing with no success.

I am currently writing an fully functional HTML5 client for sound cloud for personal use that I will make available from Github. I am surprised I am unable to find a similar unofficial SC client.

I hope someone else can chime in and add something.
I am currently writing an fully functional HTML5 client for sound cloud for personal use that I will make available from Github. I am surprised I am unable to find a similar unofficial SC client.


Wow, that sounds great. May it be a success!
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Hi there Matt,

Hmm, what if you used an alternate browser such as Chrome?

Apart from that, though, you should be able to play audio without Flash actually, as it is served via HTML5. Flash is still used by some parts of the website, yet not the player engine. I just went ahead and disabled Flash in my Chrome browser (chrome://settings/content), then opened a new incognito window and tested if I could still play audio - and it worked fine.

Any chance this would be a way for you to get to listen to SoundCloud at work?
Hi Mathis,

thank you for your answer.

The only browsers available for me are Mozilla Firefox 45.4.0 and Internet Explorer 9, unfortunately (and there is no chance I'll get Chrome installed here).

Just now I installed "FlashDisable" to disable Flash on the Firefox browser. Still no music. My initial suspicion seems to be wrong. But if it's not because of Flash I'm more clueless than before.

I also switched to safe mode (all addons disabled) - still no change.

If I can provide you with further information or log, please let me know.
Just a little update: the IT department actually managed to update Firefox from 45.4.0 to 52.0 (32-Bit).

But SoundCloud is still not working.

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