Icecat Audio Issues

OpenSubmitted by Raghav Gururajan.
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  • ison
  • Ludovic Courtès
  • Tobias Geerinckx-Rice
  • Martin Becze
  • Raghav Gururajan
  • sirgazil
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Raghav Gururajan wrote on 31 Aug 2019 16:13
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Hello!
Not sure the issue is with upstream or with guix system.
While streaming/watching movie on some (more than one) websites, audiohas constant cracking sounds and voice of characters in the videobecomes robotic.
When I stream/watch the same movie on ungoogled-chromium, the audio isjust fine.
This issue with Icecat has been there for quite some time (acrossmultiple updates). I also tried running IceCat on safe-mode and got thesame issue.
INFO: My Guix System and Icecat are up-to-date.
Regards,RG.
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Tobias Geerinckx-Rice wrote on 1 Sep 2019 20:15
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Raghav,
Raghav Gururajan 写道:
Toggle quote (6 lines)> While streaming/watching movie on some (more than one) websites, > audio> has constant cracking sounds and voice of characters in the > video> becomes robotic.
If by ‘robotic’ you mean (extremely) low-pitched then, yes, this has been the case for roughly the past half year.
I asked around on IRC, even sending URLs to innocent people who were unable to reproduce the problem, so I then assumed it wasn't in Guix proper. I almost never watch videos on the Web so I didn't care much, but you might be happy to learn you're not alone.
Could you share a (free) example URL?
Kind regards,
T G-R
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(name . Tobias Geerinckx-Rice)(address . me@tobias.gr)(address . 37244@debbugs.gnu.org)
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On Sun, Sep 01, 2019, Tobias Geerinckx-Rice via Bug reports for GNU Guix wrote:
Toggle quote (11 lines)> > If by ‘robotic’ you mean (extremely) low-pitched then, yes, this has been> the case for roughly the past half year.> > I asked around on IRC, even sending URLs to innocent people who were unable> to reproduce the problem, so I then assumed it wasn't in Guix proper. I> almost never watch videos on the Web so I didn't care much, but you might be> happy to learn you're not alone.> > Could you share a (free) example URL?
I believe the cause is "media sources", although I'm not sureexactly what that is, if you disable it it seems to "fix" the issue.I found this solution from some old firefox bug reports that seemed to describesimilar audio distortions.
A good site to test it on is nicovideo.jp, since on other sites if Idisable mediasources the videos just refuse to play altogether.So for example here is a reference video, I simply clicked the firstvideo I saw and it reproduces the audio distortion:https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm35513757
When I play it the audio is very low pitch and crackly. However, ifI open about:config (just enter about:config into the address bar),search for "mediasource", and then double click"media.mediasource.enabled" so it shows false, then reload the videoand it plays perfectly without any distortion.
As I mentioned though, most sites seem to not like it whenmediasource is disabled, so it's not a perfect solution, but atleast it shows where the problem lies.
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Tobias Geerinckx-Rice wrote on 4 Sep 2019 18:54
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Ison,
Thanks so much for your answer!
ison 写道:
Toggle quote (13 lines)> When I play it the audio is very low pitch and crackly. However, > if> I open about:config (just enter about:config into the address > bar),> search for "mediasource", and then double click> "media.mediasource.enabled" so it shows false, then reload the > video> and it plays perfectly without any distortion.>> As I mentioned though, most sites seem to not like it when> mediasource is disabled, so it's not a perfect solution, but at> least it shows where the problem lies.
Indeed: my sole use case for Web video seems to insist on whatever this feature is. I can't link to it here for freedom & legal reasons, but let's say their content is *majorly* ball-based.
With .mediasource disabled, I get an error:
“Your browser does not support the playback of this video. Please try using a different browser.”
I'd really rather not.
I remember getting this same error in Epiphany when I tried to play it there. At least now I have a lead…
Thanks again,
T G-R
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sirgazil wrote on 4 Oct 2019 19:43
Icecat Audio Issues
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I'm not sure, but this could be related to playing media files with DRM.
If I recall correctly, last year, when I visited any news post on https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/on Debian 9 using Firefox ESR, the browser would ask me to enable DRM. If I answered NO, then I would see the
“Your browser does not support the playback of this video. Please try using a different browser.”
message (or a similar message) instead of videos, and the audio player would display blank (the player that should show up when clicking the big dark blue button that says ニュースを聞く). If I enabled DRM, the media would play fine.
Visiting the same website now that I use IceCat on the Guix system I get the distorted sound in videos and no audio player.
I wonder if people using IceCat in other distributions have the same problem. I was going to report this issue to Gnuzilla, but it seems their mailing list is not very active.

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Ludovic Courtès wrote on 6 Nov 2019 10:36
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merge 37244 38047quit
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Tobias Geerinckx-Rice wrote on 21 Mar 19:57 +0100
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merge 37244 40170
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Martin Becze wrote on 9 May 14:24 +0200
Re: bug#37244: Icecat Audio Issues
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I also have this problem with icecat. With ungoogled-chromuim the videois scrambled. I wonder if the two issues are possible related.
On 9/1/19 1:15 PM, Tobias Geerinckx-Rice via Bug reports for GNU Guix wrote:
Toggle quote (20 lines)> Raghav,> > Raghav Gururajan 写道:>> While streaming/watching movie on some (more than one) websites, audio>> has constant cracking sounds and voice of characters in the video>> becomes robotic.> > If by ‘robotic’ you mean (extremely) low-pitched then, yes, this has> been the case for roughly the past half year.> > I asked around on IRC, even sending URLs to innocent people who were> unable to reproduce the problem, so I then assumed it wasn't in Guix> proper.  I almost never watch videos on the Web so I didn't care much,> but you might be happy to learn you're not alone.> > Could you share a (free) example URL?> > Kind regards,> > T G-R
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