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Internet Radio - streaming services or URLs

UDXL2C90

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New forum member here! :)

I listen to a lot of streaming radio.. jazz, classical, ambient.. and I grew up on this way of listening with the Internet Radio station library that came within MacOS iTunes. I got used to saving and/or bookmarking the music stream URLs that iTunes used, *.pls files: abcd.com/filename.pls Many streaming stations have URLs for different bit-rates, which I find useful to have.

Now there are streaming services with large collections of stations like TuneIn and IHeartRadio. I notice that some independent streaming stations are now found in the TuneIn directory, but not the iTunes internet radio library now. The old *.pls URLs I have still work fine using iTunes or QuickTime or etc. Related: https://help.tunein.com/why-is-my-streaming-url-not-accepted-BkOmg50c_vM

Just curious if any forum members have found any reasons to stream internet radio one way or the other. Thank You!

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Related - I just received my Allo Boss2 Player. :) 4 days from Bangalore to USA Midwest city, amazing. Checks out 100%, learning a bit about the interface & settings now.
 

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I have added and play custom .pls urls to tunein. For example, i subscribe to jazz radio.com (which also includes sibling stations for practically all genres of music) and export the pls urls to tunein as a custom stream. Although this doesn’t show the song names and album art like the native jazz radio apps.
 

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I only listen to BBC Radio 6 Music and I wanted to access to it via MusicBee (which seems to only support Shoutcast and Soma FM stations out the box). I found this useful webpage that lists the HLS (320kpbs) stream URLs for all the BBC national stations...


P.S. Welcome to ASR!
 

JeffS7444

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Just curious if any forum members have found any reasons to stream internet radio one way or the other. Thank You!
Oh yes where possible I much prefer the direct stream URL because while individual stations are collecting user data like everyone else, it's only for their individual stations; there's no easy way for them to aggregate additional data from a variety of sources unless you say, provide your FaceBook user ID.
 

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I’ve recently started listening to the stations moode audio packages. Soma FM has been mentioned above. I find it liberating to listen to not at all hires transmissions and just enjoy the music, it’s my way of sticking it to the man.
 

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I have added and play custom .pls urls to tunein. For example, i subscribe to jazz radio.com (which also includes sibling stations for practically all genres of music) and export the pls urls to tunein as a custom stream. Although this doesn’t show the song names and album art like the native jazz radio apps.

Does anyone know why certain stations sound like garbage through Apple Music, especially on the Apple TV, while those same stations sound in CD quality on a Sangean WFR-28?

I know that the Cambridge Audio CXN-2 uses some sort of DASH technology to provide a high quality streaming sound, but what about Sangean, why in God's name would Apple not be able to match or beat Sangean?

The answer is probably that they don't devote resources to this arena, with all of the money Apple has, it would not take much.
 
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I also prefer direct stream url,
But the My Tuner app is pretty good,
RadioRockOn, great music,
Now if I can figure out how to get it to work with Neutron player :)
 
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Does anyone know why certain stations sound like garbage through Apple Music, especially on the Apple TV, while those same stations sound in CD quality on a Sangean WFR-28?

I know that the Cambridge Audio CXN-2 uses some sort of DASH technology to provide a high quality streaming sound, but what about Sangean, why in God's name would Apple not be able to match or beat Sangean?

The answer is probably that they don't devote resources to this arena, with all of the money Apple has, it would not take much.

Apple Music on AppleTV uses both TuneIn and IHeartRadio directories, I think... could it be related to the "interface" between Apple and those services? Just spit-balling here.
 

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Apple Music on AppleTV uses both TuneIn and IHeartRadio directories, I think... could it be related to the "interface" between Apple and those services? Just spit-balling here.

Actually I have yet to try TuneIn on the Apple TV, I was accessing the radio stations through Apple Music.
 
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JuliaCoder

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Often a channel is down. Unpredictable. Sometimes the best new music.
 
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Chazz6

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Too cheap to add a subscription fee to my monthly expenses, I scavenge for stream URLs and play them from BubbleUPnP. Mostly I look for the raw stream URL or I look for an .m3u file and take the URL from it. (Is there any advantage to a .pls file over an .m3u file?)
 

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Apple Music on AppleTV uses both TuneIn and IHeartRadio directories, I think... could it be related to the "interface" between Apple and those services? Just spit-balling here.

TuneIn App is not available on the Apple TV, I just tried the generic My Tuner radio app, same garbage sound on many popular radio stations. Also listening to Apple Music on the Apple TV, not horrible sound, but not as clean as through a 2015 Macbook Pro or Iphone SE, for some reason the sound from a Directv Genie HR54 (MTV Classic Channel) is light years better than Apple Music out of an Apple TV.
 

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The Radio Paradise app on Apple TV let’s you select ALAC. They do a really good job curating the streams and its free but if you can afford and use it a lot its worth a donation IMO.
 
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