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Streaming Help

MP3 Stream Help

MP3 streams can be played using ITunes, QuickTime™, RealAudio™, Windows Media™ Player, Winamp and other media players. Our MP3 streams are available in two different link styles -- .pls and .m3u - to accommodate the different player preferences.

  • .pls: ITunes, QuickTime, Real Player, WinAmp
  • .m3u: Real Player, Windows Media Player

 

ITunes (Mac OS)

  • Use the .pls link to listen to the stream.
  • For additional assistance, please refer to the iTunes support section or choose the help menu in your iTunes player.

 

QuickTime (Windows or Mac OS)

  • Use the .pls link to listen to the stream.
  • If the QuickTime player is installed and you have trouble listening to the stream, you may need to reinstall or upgrade your QuickTime Player. Certain browsers require the QuickTime Plugin, and reinstalling the player will install the necessary plugin.
  • For additional assistance, please refer to Apple's support section choose the help menu in your QuickTime Player.

 

Real Player Basic/RealOne (Windows or Mac OS)

  • Use either the .pls link or .m3u link to listen to the stream.
  • If the Real Player Basic/RealOne player is installed and the link will not play, you may need to reset the player's preferences. Go to the Tools menu -> Preferences. In the left menu, go to Content -> Media Types and check off MP3 Audio and MP3 Playlist. Click OK to save the settings, then close and restart the player.
  • If you continue to have trouble listening to the stream, consider reinstalling or upgrading your Real Player.
  • For additional assistance, please refer to the player support section or choose the help menu in your Real Player.

 

Windows Media Player (WMP) version 7 and higher (Windows OS)

  • Use the .m3u link to listen to the stream.
  • If Windows Media Player is installed but the stream will not play, you may need to reset the player's preferences. Go into Tools -> Options/Preferences -> Formats and make sure MP3 is checked off, click Apply, and then close and restart your player.
  • For WMP version 8 and higher, the path for resetting preferences is slightly different. Go to the Tools -> Options -> File Types and make sure MP3 is checked off. Save, then close and restart your player.
  • If you continue to have trouble listening the stream, consider reinstalling or upgrading your Windows Media Player.
  • For additional assistance, please visit the Microsoft Windows Media Support Site or choose the help menu in your Windows Media Player.

 

Windows Media Player all versions (Mac OS)

 

Winamp (Windows OS, *NIX)

  • Use the .pls link to listen to the stream.
  • For additional assistance, please see the Winamp support section or choose the help menu in your Winamp Player.

 

Additional MP3 Player Options
Many additional MP3 players exist, including:

  • For Windows 95 and up: WinAmp, MusicMatch, Xaudio, freeAMP or the Microsoft Media Player (included in Windows).
  • For Macintosh: iTunes, MacAmp or MacAmp Lite.
  • For Linux, FreeBSD, SunOS and other Unix: Xaudio or mpg123, among others.

 

This list is not complete. Many players exist, so you have the option to use any player you prefer; however, because there are so many options, we are not able to test them all. If your preferred player doesn't work, we suggest you do a Google search or install a different player.

Launching the Stream in a Different Media Player
When you install a media player, you will often see pop-up windows asking you to make this player your "default player" (which simply means the player "claims" certain media types and will automatically launch in the future when music or videos of those types are played).

Typically, the most recently installed media player will be the default player on your computer for most media types unless you set it up NOT to be. You can reset these preferences in the following places:

  • RealPlayer - View -> Preferences -> Upgrade -> Media Types
  • Winamp - Options -> Preferences
  • Windows Media Player - Tools -> Options -> Formats

 

Firewalls and MP3 Streams
Strict firewalls may block access to an MP3 stream. Some firewalls are configured to deny any inbound traffic not sent on port 80 (the port used by most web traffic). Our MP3 streams are sent out on varying ports. If a firewall denies inbound traffic from ports other than 80, contact the network administrator and find out if there is a workaround.

Windows Media Player Help

Can't Connect
Many types of interruptions between your computer, your player, your computer's OS, your local network, your ISP and the Public Interactive streaming server can exist and cause trouble. Often the interruption is temporary. Please try to connect a few times at different times of the day, if possible.

Still Can't Connect
If you continue to have trouble listening to the stream, consider reinstalling or upgrading your Windows Media Player.

Are there Windows Media Player choices for Linux?
You can use MPlayer, which is free, or The CrossOver Plugin from CodeWeavers for $25.

Saving Programs and Saving/Bookmarking the Stream
This is a live web stream, so you cannot save specific songs or programs (which is also illegal), but you can bookmark the stream in your player. To add the stream to your list of favorites, go to File -> Add To Media Library.

Windows Media Error Codes
The Microsoft Windows Media Support site lists error codes, what they mean and what to do when they occur.

Windows Media Support Site
For additional assistance, please visit the Microsoft Windows Media Support Site or choose the help menu in your Windows Media player.

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