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How do I determine the URL to use for a ShoutCast media stream?

  • Type: Knowledgebase
  • Date changed: one year ago
Solution #00006557

Shoutcast media streams URLs are usually hidden in *.pls, *.m3u, or *.asx files. Obtaining these file can be the tricky part. They are usually located on the content provider's website. The location to download the file will not be necessarily obvious in all cases. If you edit the file in a text editor, you will see the URL in question. For example, as of this writing, in order to listen to the local Ann Arbor, MI NPR affiliate, one would have to view the source of the streaming landing page and see the reference to the .asx file embedded in the page.

View the source of the page by right clicking in the window and clicking 'View Source' or equivalent (naming conventions vary from browser to browser).

The next step is to locate the location of the playlist file. As you can see above, in this case it is an Advanced Stream Redirector file, which is XML based. Different standards employ different encoding methods, but if download this file to your desktop and edit in Notepad, or another text editor such as Notepad++ or TextWrangler, you will see:

The URL in this page is the URL to place in the Media Stream field on the Cudatel's Sounds and Music page.

Please note that pointing to the content provider's media landing page is not sufficient for the media stream to function, as you are merely pointing to a webserver that has a link to the playlist file where the stream location is referenced in. Also, please note that the Cudatel only supports MP3 capable streams. Different playlist file format types support different codecs. For example, the ASX file format also supports Windows Media Audio. This is not supported on the Cudatel.

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