Why are some YouTube videos not allowed to be played on last.fm?

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Why is it that when I copy the links from some YouTube videos to paste onto Last.fm the site tells me that these select videos cannot be played on Last.fm?

(I know that this question might have been asked before, but I wanted to see if there is some updated progress/info on the topic...)

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He's dead, Jim!

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Because the person(s) that put up the video don't allow it to be embedded.
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Elliot Robinson

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I've found that occasionally it's just a very stubborn video. If you keep submitting it (sometimes up to a dozen or more times!), eventually it seems to relent - don't know why, though.
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This was identified in testing -- it doesn't actually work.  If you repeatedly submit the same video over and over, what happens eventually is the javascript that checks if a video can be played doesn't load correctly, which then allows you to submit an unplayable video.  Everything will look fine until you or someone else tries to play the video, at which point it'll be identified as unplayable and removed from the track.  A similar thing happens with some adblocker extensions -- the javascript for checking the video doesn't load, so the video appears to be submitted correctly until you play it.  So, if in doubt, reload the page and then play the video.

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I had that happen for me once in a while, too, thanks for explaining.

By the way, the other day I noticed that videos from Phil Collins' official YouTube channel can be embedded on his Last.fm track pages (all brand-new audio-only uploads in 1080p, i.e. also with a high audio quality), and I wondered why so many hits did not have one yet / anymore. So this changes all the time, also because there are new deals between major labels and YouTube. Trying to add an official video still (or again) makes sense sometimes, except if it comes from Vevo which still do not allow embedding on third-party sites.

Same for Red Hot Chili Peppers, also a Warner Brothers artist like Phil Collins, so it is possible to add some official videos again that were automatically removed from Last.fm track pages earlier. For example:



Keep in mind that it takes more than one user to add the same link to the track page for the video to become globally available, i.e. for all other users, no matter if they are logged in or not.
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Happy to confirm that VEVO videos are playable on the site again (all except artists on labels owned by Sony).
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Finally, it was about time to hear the great news.