View Full Version : AlienBBC and WMA Streaming

Patrick Delamere
2004-11-28, 16:01
Incidentally, I just ran

wget http://love.str3am.com/asx/xpn.asx

in my /var/slimserver/playlists/AlienStream folder and it is streaming
through beautifully. :-)

To get this working properly though, I did have to edit the xpn.asx file to
remove the first wma stream, which kept on looping round.......asking me to
become a member etc.......

However, I only just got it working today.......read on.......

I use SUSE Linux 9.1, Slimserver 5.4 and Alienstream 0.11. I just followed
the instructions on the following website:


And I now have an ASX stream broadcasting from my Squeezebox via Mplayer.

Incidentally, I didn't change anything in my config as I already had WMA's
playing through my Squeezebox - however, the above site did provide me with
a bit of a Eureka moment. ;-)

I just tried putting

SWR3 Radio (German)

in a .pls before and it didn't work.

The solution ended up being simple. The wma URL only works if it is
contained within a ".asx" file.

You MUST ensure that you can play WMA files before you've even got a hope of
playing WMA streams.

See the following site for more details if you don't yet have this working:


Follow the instructions in the "WMA and Slim" section. Once you have played
a WMA file successfully, you should also be able to play WMA streams.

If you want to test your WMA streaming, run the following command on your
Linux box.

Mplayer -playlist xpn.asx>

I hope the above helps. :-)

The problem I have with most WMA streams though, is that they operate on
some form of redirection, which isn't accessible via Mplayer - but then
that's my guess as I am no expert in how WMA streaming URLs really work. ;-)

For example, see the URL below, which I would dearly like to get working.

Radio Hamburg (Hamburg)

Jules, I meant to give you my streams that I tried to get working last time
for your "Other Streams" section.

WDR 5 (German)

WDR2 (German)

WDR Eins Live (German)



-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Meshoulam, Arnon
Sent: 28 November 2004 20:30
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] AlienBBC and WMA Streaming

I am a bit confused here.
I have a list of WMA internet stations that I can't get mplayer to play,
but using wmatool on windows they work fine.
Given this logic, why can't AlienBBC play on Windows using wmatool? ...
And any advice on getting mplayer to play these stations? Using Fedora
Core 2


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Jules Taplin
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 5:46 PM
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] AlienBBC and WMA Streaming

Hi Michael.

The honest answer is 'maybe'. AlienBBC uses mplayer to transcode for
you... so... if mplayer can play WXPN, then I think AlienBBC will see
you right.

Does that tell you what you need to know, or do you need more

-- Jules

Michael J. Tarr wrote:

> A query. On a linux box will AlienBBC enable listening to WMA streams?

> Specifically, WXPN?
> I assume Slimserver does not have the ability to play WMA streams
> except on Windows machines...
> Thanks, Mike