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Old 11-01-2016, 09:55 PM
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Have you been to the allmusic website recently?

I don't know if this is old news, but I've just discovered that allmusic.com is apparently struggling and looking for ways to generate income. If you want to use the site, the homepage gives you three options:
  • Access the site ad-free with a "SupportFreeContent" extension
  • Continue after disabling your ad blocker
  • Continue with a paid subscription ($12 annually)

So...
  • Under the SupportFreeContent extension option, there is a link for more info. The link does not work for me.
  • I disabled my ad blocker and still could not access the site.
  • I have not (yet) ponied up for a subscription.

I did fire up the Internet Explorer (no ad blocker) and visited the site. An obnoxious video ad filled a full third of every screen.

I guess I have to decide if the site is worth a dollar a month to me.


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Old 11-02-2016, 02:40 AM
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Same problem with inability to access even after disabling ad blocker. Pity, it was a useful site.
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Old 11-02-2016, 03:06 AM
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I use allmusic nearly every day. I created an account. I write a lot of reviews. I don't recall having any problems with the site; seems to work the same as it ever was for me.
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Old 11-02-2016, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Snowboarder Bo View Post
I use allmusic nearly every day. I created an account. I write a lot of reviews. I don't recall having any problems with the site; seems to work the same as it ever was for me.
'Created an account' meaning you paid the fee?

Or you were able to create an account and continue using as before, no fee?


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Old 11-02-2016, 09:11 AM
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I use it regularly. I think I chose both non subscription options but although uBlock Origin says it's not blocking anything I see no ads. I have no idea what Support Free Content - AllMusic is supposedly doing. So it just looks like it always did to me.
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:10 AM
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I just checked the website and it offered subscription service, but I was able to access everything on the website, anyway.
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Old 11-02-2016, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by don't ask View Post
I use it regularly. I think I chose both non subscription options but although uBlock Origin says it's not blocking anything I see no ads. I have no idea what Support Free Content - AllMusic is supposedly doing. So it just looks like it always did to me.
From a quick look through the code, the extension might be reporting every site you visit in other tabs to AllMusic (to be clear, it would only report the sites you visit while the AllMusic site is open). Again, it was a quick look at the code so take this with a grain of salt.
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Old 11-02-2016, 11:05 AM
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I just checked the website and it offered subscription service, but I was able to access everything on the website, anyway.
So how does one bypass the screen that gives you 3 options to proceed?


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Old 11-02-2016, 11:35 AM
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Works fine for me (uBlock Origin + Flash blocked + Javascript disabled).

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Old 11-02-2016, 02:20 PM
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Allmusic.com is one of my top to-go sites I use almost everyday, but I've had the same problems as the OP for some weeks now. Disabling AdBlock for the site doesn't change anything, I still get the screen with those three options. So I installed the SupportFreeContent extension. That worked for a few days, but then I got very annoying pop-ups via this extension on almost every website I opened, so I quickly uninstalled it. My only workaround so far is to open allmusic.com in a different browser that hasn't any adblocking software installed and to live with the annoying ads.
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:34 PM
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I may have found a workaround.

Disable your ad blocker. Close your browser (Firefox, in my case). Re-open your browser. Go to allmusic. Once there, enable your ad blocker.

This is working for me so far.


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Old 11-03-2016, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Mean Mr. Mustard View Post
'Created an account' meaning you paid the fee?

Or you were able to create an account and continue using as before, no fee?


mmm
No fee. I've had the account for years; since whenever they first allowed us to make accounts.

I use Safari on a Mac, FWIW.
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Old 11-03-2016, 05:20 AM
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I may have found a workaround.

Disable your ad blocker. Close your browser (Firefox, in my case). Re-open your browser. Go to allmusic. Once there, enable your ad blocker.

This is working for me so far.


mmm
Sorry, but I don't change my security/privacy/anti-annoyance protocols for a web site. Let them change their site if they want me to browse it.

I also use a modified HOSTS file that blocks most ad sites, so disabling my adblocker probably wouldn't do the trick either.


I opened AllMusic in Chrome and it gave me a third option to install some sort of "free content" extension. Seemed to work after that. IE couldn't get past that annoying splash screen.

Last edited by msmith537; 11-03-2016 at 05:20 AM.
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Old 11-03-2016, 05:45 AM
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Sorry, but I don't change my security/privacy/anti-annoyance protocols for a web site...
Apology accepted.


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Old 11-03-2016, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Mean Mr. Mustard View Post
I may have found a workaround.

Disable your ad blocker. Close your browser (Firefox, in my case). Re-open your browser. Go to allmusic. Once there, enable your ad blocker.

This is working for me so far.


mmm
Hey, great, works for me too (in chromium on puppy linux, if that matters). Good thing is, only the allmusic home page shows ads, all subpages are still blocked by AdBlock. Thanks for the tip.

ETA: this was a special little problem that was bugging me for months, but I found no good workaround and I thought it too special an issue to ask for it on the dope. And now this thread by mmm, et voilá, there's a solution. Shows how great the dope can be.

Last edited by EinsteinsHund; 11-03-2016 at 07:58 PM.
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Old 11-04-2016, 02:05 AM
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Originally Posted by EinsteinsHund View Post
Hey, great, works for me too (in chromium on puppy linux, if that matters). Good thing is, only the allmusic home page shows ads, all subpages are still blocked by AdBlock. Thanks for the tip.

ETA: this was a special little problem that was bugging me for months, but I found no good workaround and I thought it too special an issue to ask for it on the dope. And now this thread by mmm, et voilá, there's a solution. Shows how great the dope can be.
Glad it's working for you, Einstein; still works for me FWIW.

I should have mentioned that I did create an AllMusic account (registered, not paid a fee). I'm not sure if that matters or not with the fix.


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