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Philip Bouscarle
2004-01-15, 01:56
You should try one of them new-fangled receiver things for the radio. I have
one and it is so good that all I have to do is press button 4 and I get
Radio 4 coming out of my speakers!

-----Original Message-----
From: James Willis [mailto:James.Willis (AT) stellent (DOT) com]
Sent: 14 January 2004 18:39
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Simple Questions


1: Sounds perfectly acceptable.
2: This is kind of a showstopper me. I can live without streaming WMA
but not being able to stream the majority of BBC radio content is a real
limiting factor for me.
3: Good.
4: That is not a big problem...
5a: I can live with this, but it's a shame.
5b: Good, because I tend to encode in AAC these days.
6: Again I can live with this...

Looks like I will have to wait and see how streaming real audio turns
out. Any official word from the company on getting this to work?

Thanks for the help,

James
-----Original Message-----
From: kdf [mailto:slim-mail (AT) deane-freeman (DOT) com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 11:50 AM
To: Slim Devices Discussion
Subject: [slim] Simple Questions

Quoting James Willis <James.Willis (AT) stellent (DOT) com>:


> 1: and if so how long will it be between hitting the next track
> button and the next track starting to play...
less than 1 second. varies depending on network connection and server
speed.
>
> 2: Can I play the BBC Radio 1 live audio feed? Can I play the 'Listen
> Again' streams. They are both Real Audio. I have been following the
> recent Real Audio thread, but the answer still seems to be a little
> vague. Can somebody actually try it and say yes...
real audio does't work yet. its in the works. The vague answer is an
option,
but I'm sensing that it might be something you are not going to want to
attempt
just yet.
>
> 3: Can I play WMA files? Not that I really want to.
yes. you need to install ffmpeg, though.
>
> 4: Can I play WMA DRM files? Again I don't really want to.
no

> 5: Can I play Windows Media Streams e.g. the stream at capitalfm.com?
I think not quite yet, but I may be wrong. I haven't tried.

> 5: Can I play AAC files? I DO want to.
yes.

> 6: Can I play AAC DRM files, specifically purchased from iTunes? I do
> want to do this.
no


-kdf

Steve Baumgarten
2004-01-15, 09:47
> You should try one of them new-fangled receiver things for the radio. I
> have one and it is so good that all I have to do is press button 4 and
> I get Radio 4 coming out of my speakers!

;-)

I only wish! You guys in the UK don't know how good you have it -- radio
in the US is almost unlistenable. I'm a big fan of the BBC's Radio 1 and
listen to their streams sometimes:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/

I wasn't surprised to find that soul24-7.com is run out of the UK; there's
a real appreciation for diverse music there that we just don't seem to
have here, at least not outside of low-power college or very small market
radio stations. All the major market stations care about is getting their
tiny slice of the demographic and holding on to it with focus group-tested
playlists. It's depressing.

SBB