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SHOUTcast stream stopped working in Google Chrome, IE or Safari and other browsers

Google Chrome released an update which has stopped some SHOUTcast streams from working, this happens to Opera, IE, Edge, Safari and other Chromium-based browsers.

More specifically support for HTTP/0.9 over non-standard ports has been dropped. Since Shoutcast v1.x uses HTTP/0.9 and runs on a non-standard port (i.e. not 80 or 443) it gives the error "net::ERR_INVALID_HTTP_RESPONSE" when you attempt to play a stream.

This will affect your player if your stream is running on a SHOUTcast v1 server and is on a port other than 80.

One way to check this is to take your streaming URL, remove everything after the / and then opening that URL in a web browser. For example http://hostname:8123/my-stream would become http://hostname:8123/

Unless your hosting provider has changed the default page, you should get a SHOUTcast server page which includes the version number.

The issue relates to Chrome now blocking any non-HTTP traffic unless it's on port 80. SHOUTcast v1 uses the ICY protocol and so is blocked. Later versions of SHOUTcast Server, and other compatible server software, now use HTTP as the protocol to avoid this issue.


As the issue is not related to RCAST html5 players or your web radio player, we suggest speaking to your streaming provider about upgrading to SHOUTcast v2 or another server software which doesn't have the same issue.

Also if you are already using SHOUTcast v2 and your stream is not secure (non-HTTPS/SSL) you will have the same problem, in this case you will need a SSL Proxy Player, we are providing this service with support for HTTPS / SSL, you can read more about our players here :

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