[Linux] Playing radio through Spotify web player stops (or repeats) after 1 song

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Ubuntu 14.04 running firefox & chrome browsers

Issue: Playing radio through web-based spotify player stops (or repeats) after 1 song

When clicking any of the 3 radio's on the last.fm landing page (Your Library, Your Mix, Your recommendations) and having the web-based spotify client open, the last.fm site can properly start a song in the web-based spotify player.

However, on chrome, it keeps looping the same song until I skip to the next track, on Firefox, it stops after one track.

Using the Spotify application for linux seems not to work, the browser can start the application, but (I'm guessing) can't communicate with the application, whatever startup parameters are being passed probably aren't supported (yet?) on linux

I haven't used last.fm in ages, somewhere soon after last.fm having lost it's ability to stream music I was at a loss, and I've been trying to fill this void for years now, and rediscovering the new last.fm had me excited, hopefully this issue can be solved.
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Posted 1 year ago

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The Spotify web player does not work reliably with the new Last.fm player, most of the time it plays one track at most and then stalls. Furthermore there are two versions of it, as Spotify rolled out a test version similar to their desktop client about a year ago to random users, so you never know which version is meant in support issues.

The Spotify desktop client is supposed to work with it though, at least the versions for Windows and MacOS. I had a problem with my antivirus app Bitdefender preventing the radio stations to start for three minutes in Chrome, but with Avira Antivirus that issue is gone. Firefox also worked immediately with Bitdefender, don't know why.

Now what happens with the Linux version of the Spotify desktop client is uncertain as well, you should install their latest 1.x version, not the outdated 0.9x version which they still offer as well, as far as I know. The most recent threads about Linux on their community seem to be these two:

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Desktop-Linux-Windows-Web/Linux-users-important-update/m-p/115...

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Desktop-Linux-Windows-Web/Troubleshooting-Linux-Spotify/m-p/11...
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The most recent threads about Linux on their community seem to be these two
The Linux desktop client for Spotify has just been declared stable in this thread, also asking for bug reports:

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Desktop-Linux-Windows-Web/Linux-Spotify-client-1-x-now-in-stab...
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Received an update today, version 1.0.24.104 and since then I hadn't had it glitch on my yet. Sure, it's only a few hours that it's running, but so far so good :)
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All that's left now is the ban button to come back ^^
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Okay, that writes of the web-based player, sadly enough.

I had in the meanwhile installed the beta (1.0.x series) Spotify-client for linux and gotten it to work more or less correctly on my laptop with Linux Mint, no such luck yet with Ubuntu 14.04 yet (kinda strange since Mint 17.3 is based on Ubuntu 14.04 and versions of browsers and Spotify client are the same).

Weird thing is, it seems to run best in Chrome in incognito mode, probably on of the hundreds of ad ware things they load breaks on linux. 

Does Last.fm still offer an ad-free paid version? Seriously, just how much ad/analytics ware do you need on a webpage?
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https://secure.last.fm/subscribe

But there isn't much benefit besides having no ads which might change in the distant future when staff has more spare time to implement interesting features for subscribers.
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I'm fighting with the same problem and I'd love to know if there are any news regarding the "playback stops after one track"-issue. Furthermore, I'm seeing a really weird glitch with the track length when I try to play the Last.fm radio via the web player.

First off, I had to give up on the Spotify desktop client because of the CPU hogging that I just could not get under control. So I was glad to find out that Spotify had added the "Play open.spotify.com URLs in desktop app" setting back into the web player - and after disabling it, I got the Last.fm radio to launch a station via the web instead of the desktop.
So far so good - but, as discussed here, whenever I try to play a radio station, only the first track plays successfully - the second track never comes... because the first one never stops, like literally. The first track has an end time of "NaN:NaN" and thus plays until eternity. Clicking the "next track" or "stop" buttons doesn't do anything, the timer keeps counting up indefinitely, until I close the tab.


^ this track has an actual play time of 4:29...

So, am I the only one seeing this weird behavior with the track length? Is there anybody having success playing more than one song via the Spotify web player?