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    [Beta Announce] UK Radio Player - UK Radio in one place

    This plugin integrates into the UK Radio Player API (for details see : http://radioplayer.co.uk). UK radio users will probably agree with me that Radioplayer are the best UK aggregator, with collaboration with all the major and minor uk radio stations.

    I wrote the plugin a while ago, but never got round to releasing it. I am finding it quite useful, RadioPlayer provide a good index, and reasonable meta data, with full "now playing" track meta data on many stations.

    It is a bit "reverse engineered", without full details of the API. What I have been able to work out for the plugin is :
    • A browsable A-Z index for Live Stations
    • Meta Data for Live Radio. This includes Stations, Programme, plus now playing track data. Depending on what is available for the station.
    • Search for Stations and individual shows

    Currently, there is no browsable index into the listen again shows (yet), only search.
    To play the BBC content you will need BBC Sounds installed.

    Please can you help with the beta test before I release it into the main repository. The beta repository is at https://plugins.expectingtofly.co.uk/betarepo.xml
    Stuart McLean

    ExpectingToFly Plugins :
    BBC Sounds, Global Player (UK), Times Radio, UK Radio Player, Virgin Radio (UK) and the Radio Favourites Plugin

    For BBC Sounds help see the BBC Sounds Wiki.

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    Looking forward to trying this out.
    Also ... RadioPlayer provides a service in other countries as well - e.g. Germany, France, Spain, Italy and more ...
    https://www.radioplayer.de/
    https://www.radioplayer.fr/
    https://radioplayerespana.es/
    https://www.radioplayeritalia.it/
    http://www.radioplayer.at/
    https://radioplayer.be/
    http://radioplayer.ca/
    https://mereradio.dk/
    https://radioplayer.ie/
    http://www.radioplayernorge.no/
    https://swissradioplayer.ch/

    if they have the same API (I expect it is very very similar given their model) then I may well be able to retire some more of my plugins.
    Paul Webster
    Author of "Now Playing" plugins covering Radio France (FIP etc), PlanetRadio (Bauer - Kiss, Absolute, Scala, JazzFM etc), KCRW, ABC Australia and CBC/Radio-Canada
    and, via the extra "Radio Now Playing" plugin lots more - see https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...Playing-plugin

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    Just tried Jazz FM ... programme name but no song titles and logo is very low res.

    Not your fault that there is no song info. I launched teh RadioPlayer app and it looks to me that Bauer are not giving the extra info to RadioPlayer and then trying to use RadioPlayer interface to drive the listener to install/launch the app from the broadcaster.

    I expect that other broadcaster groups or small stations do not take that approach and make more available.
    Paul Webster
    Author of "Now Playing" plugins covering Radio France (FIP etc), PlanetRadio (Bauer - Kiss, Absolute, Scala, JazzFM etc), KCRW, ABC Australia and CBC/Radio-Canada
    and, via the extra "Radio Now Playing" plugin lots more - see https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...Playing-plugin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    Looking forward to trying this out.
    Also ... RadioPlayer provides a service in other countries as well - e.g. Germany, France, Spain, Italy and more ...
    https://www.radioplayer.de/
    https://www.radioplayer.fr/
    https://radioplayerespana.es/
    https://www.radioplayeritalia.it/
    http://www.radioplayer.at/
    https://radioplayer.be/
    http://radioplayer.ca/
    https://mereradio.dk/
    https://radioplayer.ie/
    http://www.radioplayernorge.no/
    https://swissradioplayer.ch/

    if they have the same API (I expect it is very very similar given their model) then I may well be able to retire some more of my plugins.
    That's a good point. I just had a quick go with a couple, it does look like the api is the same, but the credentials/keys will be different.
    Stuart McLean

    ExpectingToFly Plugins :
    BBC Sounds, Global Player (UK), Times Radio, UK Radio Player, Virgin Radio (UK) and the Radio Favourites Plugin

    For BBC Sounds help see the BBC Sounds Wiki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    Just tried Jazz FM ... programme name but no song titles and logo is very low res.

    Not your fault that there is no song info. I launched teh RadioPlayer app and it looks to me that Bauer are not giving the extra info to RadioPlayer and then trying to use RadioPlayer interface to drive the listener to install/launch the app from the broadcaster.

    I expect that other broadcaster groups or small stations do not take that approach and make more available.
    I just tried Metro Radio and the logo was also low res and track info was missing. The same station on TuneIn does have track info.

    Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    Just tried Jazz FM ... programme name but no song titles and logo is very low res.

    Not your fault that there is no song info. I launched teh RadioPlayer app and it looks to me that Bauer are not giving the extra info to RadioPlayer and then trying to use RadioPlayer interface to drive the listener to install/launch the app from the broadcaster.

    I expect that other broadcaster groups or small stations do not take that approach and make more available.
    Yes, it does vary. The Bauer station appear to be sharing the least, the low res programme images are particularly annoying (of course, the plugin can't identify that the image is going to be low res). But many stations are being more generous with the meta data.
    Stuart McLean

    ExpectingToFly Plugins :
    BBC Sounds, Global Player (UK), Times Radio, UK Radio Player, Virgin Radio (UK) and the Radio Favourites Plugin

    For BBC Sounds help see the BBC Sounds Wiki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slartibartfast View Post
    I just tried Metro Radio and the logo was also low res and track info was missing. The same station on TuneIn does have track info.

    Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
    Yes, that is one of the Bauer stations. I suspect the track info is embedded in the stream, but, at the moment, plugin only uses meta data from the api. Maybe it should be smarter....
    Stuart McLean

    ExpectingToFly Plugins :
    BBC Sounds, Global Player (UK), Times Radio, UK Radio Player, Virgin Radio (UK) and the Radio Favourites Plugin

    For BBC Sounds help see the BBC Sounds Wiki.

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    This has had a reasonable number of downloads with no reported issues. Apart from the disappointment expressed that Bauer/PlanetRadio do not provide good quality metadata to RadioPlayer, there have been no reported issues. I'll release it into the main repository. Thanks for helping with the testing.
    Stuart McLean

    ExpectingToFly Plugins :
    BBC Sounds, Global Player (UK), Times Radio, UK Radio Player, Virgin Radio (UK) and the Radio Favourites Plugin

    For BBC Sounds help see the BBC Sounds Wiki.

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    Quote Originally Posted by expectingtofly View Post
    Apart from the disappointment expressed that Bauer/PlanetRadio do not provide good quality metadata to RadioPlayer
    and that one is resolved by my Planet Radio plugin which gets it direct from them.
    Paul Webster
    Author of "Now Playing" plugins covering Radio France (FIP etc), PlanetRadio (Bauer - Kiss, Absolute, Scala, JazzFM etc), KCRW, ABC Australia and CBC/Radio-Canada
    and, via the extra "Radio Now Playing" plugin lots more - see https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...Playing-plugin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Webster View Post
    and that one is resolved by my Planet Radio plugin which gets it direct from them.
    Indeed

    It is also true, I notice, for the Virgin stations, they seemed to be not providing much meta data to RadioPlayer. You will need to use the specific Virgin Radio plugin for those for now playing info.
    So, all in all, it is a bit inconsistent, depending on the choices of the provider, as to how much now playing/program info they pass to RadioPlayer. The Global stations are providing good meta data I notice, but a rubbish bitrate.

    Anyway, its now in the main repository, so hopefully it will be useful for some as a well maintained station index and specific show finder.

    If i can find out how to connect to other country specific APIs, I'll expand the scope of it.
    Stuart McLean

    ExpectingToFly Plugins :
    BBC Sounds, Global Player (UK), Times Radio, UK Radio Player, Virgin Radio (UK) and the Radio Favourites Plugin

    For BBC Sounds help see the BBC Sounds Wiki.

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