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12/15/16
Original Poster
Juha Lehti

Chrome on Android does not auto-start .m3u stream player any more

Hi,

I'm using Chrome on Android as a web radio played (to be able to tag several music styles to a single radio channel better than existing apps). I have some 200 different channels on bookmarks. Bookmarks contain mostly links to .m3u music streams (some .wma etc links also exist).
Until now the channel selection has worked fine, selecting a bookmark immediately started playing the radio stream using DeaDBeeF.

After the latest update, the behavior of Chrome has changed. If first asks "Do you want to replace existing m3u4384.m3u ?" (of course I want to overwrite it to select current streaming). After selecting "Replace", Chrome gives message "m3u4384.m3u downloaded Open" and only after selecting that message, the stream is opened to DeaDBeeF.

How can I configure Chrome on Android to automatically open the file on DeaDBeeF again? Chrome 55.0.2883.91, Android 4.3, Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth 2

Regards,
Juha Lehti
Finland
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Johnny - Community Specialist
12/16/16
Johnny - Community Specialist
Hey Juha,

Thanks for posting in the Google Chrome Help Forum!

Does this happen only with sites you've bookmarked on Chrome, or does it happen across websites? In the meantime, please give these suggestions a try:

Let us begin by making sure that your Chrome is updated to the latest version. Having done that, please clear your data by going to Settings > Apps > Chrome > Clear data.

Note: Clearing data will delete your bookmarks and other synced data. Sign in to Chrome before clearing data and enable Sync to access your data at a later time.

If nothing else helps, please download and run Chrome Beta version to see if the issue persists on the future version of Chrome. If the issue still persists, please help me with the name of the device, and the Android version you are using.

Let me know if that helps.

Best,
Johnny
12/16/16
Original Poster
Juha Lehti
Hi Johnny,

Thanks for your reply.
My Android tablet is completely up-to-date, there are no waiting updates available. The problem started when Chrome was updated yesterday. The system is as i wrote on my last message, Chrome 55.0.2883.91, Android 4.3, Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth 2. DeaDBeeF player version is 1.33.

I'm trying to open bookmarked links to the playlists. The bookmarks contain addresses like follows:
http://vtuner.com/setupapp/guide/asp/func/dynampls.asp?link=1&id=15018     (this will return link to file like m3uNNNNN.m3u, where N is a number)

I just tested those above links on Xubuntu 16.10 Linux today to see that those links are still valid (some ones happen to be modified every now and then). The up-to-date configuration from Xubuntu reposity is as follows:
Chromium 53.0.2785.143-0ubuntu1.1307 "Version 53.0.2785.143 Built on Ubuntu , running on Ubuntu 16.10"
Audacious 3.7.2-1ubuntu1
All those links will open as expected on Linux to Audacious player. Clicking a link starts playing immediately without any nuisance messages or questions.

Also selecting a random non-bookmarked radio station from
starts playing immediately on Linux. I selected one from Trinidar and Tobaco this time.

Following are the results from Android / Chrome 55.0.2883.91 after clearing the data according to your request. I cleaned both Chrome and DeaDBeeF from the settings.

First try:
Messages "Loading" and "m3u62382.m3u loaded Open" are shown. The channel is only played after selecting the last message. If you miss the message, and it disappears, no player will start.

This one does not ask anything, but opens a player like "> 0:00 o---------" inside Chrome instead of using DeaDBeeF.

Messages "Loading" and "listen.pls loaded Open" are shown. The channel is only played after selecting the last message. If you miss the message, and it disappears, no player will start.

Second try works as the first one, but in addition questions about overwriting existing .m3u/.pls files first appear.

Selecting a random non-bookmarked radio station from
(Virgin Islands US this time) does not open the radio on DeaDBeeF as expected, but asks if I want to use Chrome, Firefox or the Android Browser to open the link. DeaDBeeF is not an option there. After selecting Chrome the messages "Loading" and "m3u34203.m3u loaded Open" are then shown again.

Following are the results from Android / Chrome Beta 56.0.2924.23.
Messages "m3u62382.m3u exists, want to overwrite?", "Loading" and "m3u62382.m3u loaded Open" are shown. After selecting the "Open" message DeaDBeeF opens for a half second. Then both DeaDBeeF and Chrome are minimized and only the desktop is shown. Nothing is played. Manually reopening DeaDBeeF shows it for a while, and it is then minimized again. Do notice that only Chrome was updated, DeaDBeeF is the same one used above.

opens a player like "> 0:00 o---------" inside Chrome.

Messages "listen.pls exists, want to overwrite?", "Loading" and "listen.pls loaded Open" are shown. After selecting the "Open" message DeaDBeeF opens for a half second. Then both DeaDBeeF and Chrome are minimized and only the desktop is shown. Nothing is played. Manually reopening DeaDBeeF shows it for a while, and it is then minimized again. When repeated, Crome is every now and then shown again instead of the desktop.

Selecting a random non-bookmarked radio station from
(Kuwait this time) does not open the radio on DeaDBeeF as expected, but asks if I want to use Chrome, Chrome Beta, Firefox or the Android Browser to open the link.

Regards,
Juha
Johnny - Community Specialist
12/18/16
Johnny - Community Specialist
Thanks for posting back!

As you've mentioned that the issue doesn't happen on another device, can you please check if running the existing device in safe mode with networking makes a difference.

Keep me posted.

Best,
Johnny
12/18/16
Original Poster
Juha Lehti
Hi,

Please do notice that the other device is a Linux PC, and the problematic device is a Android tablet. The Linux PC and Android tablet behaved similar when both had older versions of Chrome. After the Android tablet was updated to Chrome 55, it's behavior was changed. It is natural that the non-updated Linux PC is working as it has been done earlier.

I can't start my tablet at safe mode, the following procedure does not open safe mode menu. http://consumer.huawei.com/ca/support/products/faqs/detail/y6-ca.htm?id=55398 
I don't have another Android device to test if there are differences between this particular Android tablet and an another Android device.

Regards,
Juha
Johnny - Community Specialist
12/21/16
Johnny - Community Specialist
Thanks for replying!

Please check this link to see if the issue you're facing at your end is similar to the one handled on this bug. If that's not the case, please help me with a short video of the issue at your end.

Keep me posted.

Best,
Johnny
12/22/16
Original Poster
Juha Lehti
Hi Johnny,

The issue is not the same that was discussed on your link.
I took some screenshots, it's easier to comment those than one single video.

Preconditions:
- My bookmarks contain links to .m3u, .m3u8 and .pls playlists.
- The given radio always have the same playlist name in case of .m3u and .m3u8.
- In case of .pls, most radios use common name, listen.pls.
- In the following examples, I use the same radio channels that I have already listened earlier. This is because the bookmarks are used, and thus the same channels are periodically listened.
- Both OSes are configured to open the playlists on external player, Audacious on Linux, and DeaDBeeF on Android.
- The reason why I use Chrome instead of radio app, is that I can better classify those "Various" radios using my comments on bookmark. In addition the tree structure makes finding them easier than a long favorites lists used on apps or receivers.

First, screenshots from Linux
======================
This is how Chrome/Chromium behave earlier on both Linux and Android, including Chrome 53 on both OSes as I listed on previous post. Also Chrome 55 on Linux works like this. What I'm searching here, is to get Chrome 55 on Android to work like this.
I used Chromium "Version 55.0.2883.87 Built on Ubuntu , running on Ubuntu 16.10" to take the screenshots.

On Linux my playlists are set to "Always open" using setting similar to this image
That configuration is one of the parts I'm missing from Android version of Chrome.

- Playing .m3u playlist (please observer also the file names shown on the file manager on the screenshots)
1) I select the playlist from bookmark by double-clicking it

2) It is automatically loaded

3) The player is started automatically and music goes on - everything on one click.

- playing .m3u8 or .pls playlist is similar - only one double-click is needed.

Then, the problems with Android
=========================
Chrome on Android started displaying additional messages on v55.

- Playing .m3u (or .pls) playlist
1) I select the playlist from bookmark by clicking it, and Chrome asks me if I want to overwrite existing one. As I defined on preconditions, the files loaded are always the same, so it should always be overwritten or the new file should be renamed automatically. HOW CAN I CONFIGURE THIS?

2) Then Chrome asks me to open it. HOW CAN I CONFIGURE "ALWAYS OPEN" IT LIKE ON LINUX?

3) If I miss the "Open" message that disappears in some 15 seconds, then I have to locate the file from downloads

4) Only after that Chrome gives control to Android, that then starts the player

- Playing .m3u8 playlist
1) I select the playlist from bookmark by clicking it. Chrome does not ask anything, but initializes some internal player (not even starting it) instead of giving Android control about the file. HOW CAN I USE OS PLAYER HERE, that is also capable to display the channel and artist names?

2) If I then select the download arrow from the address bar, it isn't even then opened to the Android player, but finally (after the "Overwrite" and "Load" messages are first shown) the following view opens on Chrome.

Regards, Juha
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