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WebNowPlaying companion not connected to Rainmeter

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CodeCode
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Re: WebNowPlaying companion not connected to Rainmeter

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Yincognito wrote: September 12th, 2020, 8:15 am Then how come the WWW existed before these "necessary" adds became as invasive as today?

I get that sites need money to survive, but from my experience, once an app or site uses advertising in a hidden and / or abusive way, that thing is already putting advertisers' interests before product quality, therefore gradually becoming not worthy of being used itself.

Bottom line, advertising often compensates quality loss or are a sign of other shady things going on. Good products don't really need advertising, as their quality speaks for themselves and people will already flock in great numbers on that product, app or site. That's why you rarely see Coca Cola, Intel or even top free product advertising, because their quality is the best advertising ever.
If a site demands I switch off my ad blocker, I just seek a different site. In rare cases, I have disabled ad block, but usually to find the ads were not worth the trouble of using that site.

I also have a tirade regarding web players - their sole purpose is to market music and anything that will support that endeavour. I keep all of my music locally, and I paid for JRiver music player. Rainmeter and JRiver get along very nicely.
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Re: WebNowPlaying companion not connected to Rainmeter

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CodeCode wrote: September 12th, 2020, 1:10 pm If a site demands I switch off my ad blocker, I just seek a different site. In rare cases, I have disabled ad block, but usually to find the ads were not worth the trouble of using that site.

I also have a tirade regarding web players - their sole purpose is to market music and anything that will support that endeavour. I keep all of my music locally, and I paid for JRiver music player. Rainmeter and JRiver get along very nicely.
Yep, indeed. There are also sites asking this nicely, like a "Please consider disabling your ad-blocker to support us."-like phrase somewhere big and transparent. If I like the site and the ads are not intrusive or problematic, I may add an exception in the ad blocker just for that ad site and just for that main site. Simple example at RegExr - if your ad blocker is active, notice the text in the bottom left corner of the page. Now THAT is what I call nice, transparent and unintrusive advertising presentation. This is how every site should look like in that regard, instead of trying to go behind the user's back with more or less nasty things. I bet that if the advertising was done like that from the start (and using clean ad sites) on every site out there, nobody would use ad blockers nowadays.

This doesn't invalidate what I said before regarding the relation between advertising and product quality, as a general rule.
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Re: WebNowPlaying companion not connected to Rainmeter

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To allow ws://127.0.0.1:6437 on certain websites (for this purpose the major music sites supported by WebNowPlaying) - double tapping Ctrl will show the green option to allow individual rules, and the right hand column (local) will apply it to only the current site.
uBlock WNP Allow.png
Another way is to right click uBlock Origin > Extension Options > My rules, then in the temporary rules column, can add these lines:

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music.amazon.com 127.0.0.1 * allow
play.google.com 127.0.0.1 * allow
soundcloud.com 127.0.0.1 * allow
tidal.com 127.0.0.1 * allow
www.pandora.com 127.0.0.1 * allow
www.spotify.com 127.0.0.1 * allow
www.twitch.tv 127.0.0.1 * allow
www.youtube.com 127.0.0.1 * allow
then click Save and Commit to make them permanent. I didn't test each one since I don't have all those services, but it's worked for Youtube, Soundcloud, Google Play Music; the free services that I could get to play in the moment.
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Re: WebNowPlaying companion not connected to Rainmeter

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if it's only for adds it's oke but collecting so mutch of everybody it more a privacy issue ...
that's why everybody is blocking alot ...even me :P