Mac 911 Weblog: Adding radio streams to iTunes
Posted 01 February 2006 - 01:54 PM
Posted 01 February 2006 - 02:55 PM
Just a reminder, too, that radio stations broadcasting in QuickTime stream can't be played on AirTunes on the Airport Express.
Listening to stations such as WBUR and WGBH in Boston via iTunes only works on the computer
What? Of course you can. I have been doing it ever sense I got my Airport Express. Not just with WGBH but many many other radio stations as well.
Posted 02 February 2006 - 04:22 AM
Unfortunately what this article completely fails to tell you is that MANY such streams are in Windows Media or Real Media formats AND WILL NOT WORK in iTunes. This includes almost all the BBC stations (they use Real Media).
There is some hope that the Flip4Mac codec for QuickTime will enable access to Windows media streams (even within iTunes) but currently the vast majority of such streams do not work with it (they work in the real WMP).
I have an idea that could encourage more radio stations to support iTunes friendly streams and also generate revenue for the Radio stations AND Apple. If Steve Jobs would like to contact me for details feel free to do so! /forums/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif
Posted 02 February 2006 - 08:07 AM
But... these stations have added new streams that DO work over Airport Express. Apparently WBUR made changes September 27th... and thanks, guys, for clueing me in on the new streams!
Chris... just so I know I'm not wacko, could you try playing this stream for WGBH and see if it works on AirTunes?
That's what I was using, it still works on my PowerBook, but doesn't stream to Airport Express.
Posted 02 February 2006 - 08:36 AM
Posted 15 September 2007 - 05:14 PM
I know you can create a playlist of streams but is there a way to have streams grouped together in the Library window. Say I want to delete a stream. If I just remove it from the playlist it is still in my Library. Is there any way to have delete from playlist also delete from library?
In my iTunes setup, I named it '~MyTunes' - the tilde puts it toward the top of my playlists, closer to the iTunes 'Radio'). I drag any radio links that I like and want to listen to often, into the ~MyTunes playlist. Then when I want to listen to one of my favorite stations, I select that playlist and the station I'm craving at that time.
Jim in Cape Girardeau
Posted 04 April 2009 - 03:35 PM
Please correct me if I am wrong; f.e. .asx, .wax or mms:// stream addresses can't be used in iTunes, whereas in QuickTime (using Flip4mac) they are all working...
Posted 03 April 2011 - 05:58 AM
I have an Apple TV2 and two AirPort Extreme devices. I wanted to stream music throughout the house and this works great. I love listening to NPR, but couldn't find the local stream in the "Radios" section of iTunes. I found this article and it mentioned how to (1) open streams within iTunes and (2) add those streams to a playlist. Doing this was the perfect solution!
(1) Find the stream you'd like. For NPR, I went to the Station Finder (http://www.npr.org/t...tions/stations/), clicked on my station, found their "Listen Live" link and managed to find the stream (in my case: http://witf.ic.llnwd...am/witf_mp3.pls)
(2) In iTunes, click "Advanced" then "Open Stream" and paste the link into the box that comes up and hit Ok.
(3) Your stream will start playing. You now need to find the stream within your iTunes library. Click "Music" in your iTunes left menu. (It'll be in there).
NOTE: If you're having trouble finding it, right click on the sortable columns at the top (Name, Kind, Artist, etc) and make sure 'Date Added' is checked. Then sort by 'Date Added' by clicking it. Your station will be at the top (or bottom) of the sorted list.
(4) Create a new Playlist (File/New Playlist). Name it whatever is good for you. I named mine "NPR".
(5) Drag the stream from the "Music" folder into the Playlist.
Now, when you use your Remote app, you can see the playlist and simply start it playing.
Note: This will cause your stream to be a "Song" in your library, so if you like to just put your library on random and let it go, you may have problems (i.e. your NPR stream will start playing while you're trying to listen to music). I tried removing the "Song" from the music list, but it then removed it from the playlist.