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Peter Darley
2004-02-13, 07:31
Folks,
I'd be interested in this as well. If someone can come up with a good
source of data (on line database) I would be willing to take a whack at
programming this.
Thanks,
Peter Darley

On Fri, 2004-02-13 at 10:20, Stuart wrote:
> > Internet radio is probably going to be 75% of what I use the squeezebox for
> > so as you can imagine, it is very frustrating not to have it work right.
>
>
> I'd certainly like to see more effort put into Internet radio. I don't
> know much about it - is there a reliable up to date online database of
> all the radio stations out there? It would be really cool if you could
> surf the Internet radio stations with the Squeezebox. I created my own
> playlist from the Shoutcast website, but most of the stations won't play
> anymore. I think they have gone offline, or moved servers or something.
>
> S.
>
>

Jamison Roof
2004-02-13, 07:57
Hey,

I've had the squeezebox for a week now and I really like it. I also use slimserver to listen to my music at work, and that's great too. However, I also have problems with listening to Internet radio. My experience is almost identical to Michael's below. Internet radio is probably going to be 75% of what I use the squeezebox for, so as you can imagine, it is very frustrating not to have it work right.

Problem:
Twice I've been able to play music for hours with no problem, but 90% of the time, the music will play fine for 2 seconds and then start skipping a little (2-6 times) and then quickly cut out. The buffer meter appears to be at least half full when this happens. I've tried 6 different stations, at different times of the day and had the same problems. The same radio stations play fine through winamp.

Set up:
SqueezeBox. I running the 2/12 build on Win2k server. I've using a cable modem (Comcast) and the wired connection. My server is a PII 550 with 392 MB of ram. I have 7k songs. I haven't profiled my machine when streaming a radio station to the squeezebox.


Thanks for any help you can provide.

Regards,
Jamison






-----Original Message-----
From: Michael [mailto:mikea_26 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com]
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:32 PM
To: discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com
Subject: [slim] Any new info on internet radio?


I just got a squeezebox yesterday and it really is
great. But internet radio just does not work. I've
searched through the digests and there doesn't seem to
be a solution. I also d/l and installed the feb 12th
dated nightly build with no change. What happens is
it starts playing and will play fine for a few seconds
then start skipping like a dirty or scratched cd
sounds. Running on a cable modem with a wired
connection. The channels I've tried all stream fine
to winamp and itunes but don't to the box.

I've enabled the Show Buffer Fullness and it fills
about 3/4th the way up, plays in its skipping and
stuttering ways until the meter is empty. Then it
stops completely and refills about halfway up.

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Stuart
2004-02-13, 08:20
> Internet radio is probably going to be 75% of what I use the squeezebox for
> so as you can imagine, it is very frustrating not to have it work right.


I'd certainly like to see more effort put into Internet radio. I don't
know much about it - is there a reliable up to date online database of
all the radio stations out there? It would be really cool if you could
surf the Internet radio stations with the Squeezebox. I created my own
playlist from the Shoutcast website, but most of the stations won't play
anymore. I think they have gone offline, or moved servers or something.

S.

alexd
2004-02-13, 08:49
On Fri, 2004-02-13 at 15:20, Stuart wrote:

> I'd certainly like to see more effort put into Internet radio. I don't
> know much about it - is there a reliable up to date online database of
> all the radio stations out there? It would be really cool if you could
> surf the Internet radio stations with the Squeezebox. I created my own
> playlist from the Shoutcast website, but most of the stations won't play
> anymore. I think they have gone offline, or moved servers or something.

Try the shoutcast stream browser plugin.

alexd

Roy M. Silvernail
2004-02-13, 09:54
Stuart said:
>> Internet radio is probably going to be 75% of what I use the squeezebox
>> for
> > so as you can imagine, it is very frustrating not to have it work
> right.
>
>
> I'd certainly like to see more effort put into Internet radio. I don't
> know much about it - is there a reliable up to date online database of
> all the radio stations out there?

Like any static document describing the web, a database of radio stations
would be out of date almost as soon as you were to publish it. The
Shoutcast browser plugin is a good tool for surfing radio. All Shoutcast
servers "phone home" to shoutcast.com, so the listing on their website is
as close to a real-time directory as you can have. And because Shoutcast
stations frequently change setups, etc., any static collection of
playlists will also become quickly outdated.

As far as effort is concerned, if you think it's bad now, you never tried
5.0.1. Net streaming has improved a *lot*. I can now listen for hours to
streams that used to stutter, sputter and croak within seconds. Maybe
it's not perfect yet, but it damn sure ain't for lack of effort.
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