Help with internet streaming / flip4Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Queenredspecial, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Queenredspecial macrumors regular

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    Hello forum wisards!

    I am not a computer specialist, nor do I care to be -- just a simple, fairly literate mac user. I like to listen to the radio online, and it used to happen, flawlessly. But now, something somewhere has changed, and my favourite radio station, (), is very difficult to stream. It comes on for a second, and then off. Then on again, and off.

    I upgraded my internet service, (though the old plan should have been plenty.) I upgraded flip4mac, because something told me I needed to. I have cleared caches and restarted so many times. Still, the same thing happens. I called Apple, they said they had no idea.

    So, my hope is, that someone out here in mac-wisard land, will be able to explain to me how streaming works, and what my choices are. (Before you ask -- yes, I have looked for other outlets for this radio station, such as playing it through iTunes, and I have not been successful in finding it.)

    I am using a MBP, OS 10.7.5, Safari 6.1, flip4mac 3.2.0.16.

    Thank you!
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

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    What internet radio station are you listening to? What are you using to stream internet radio?
     
  3. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi!

    I see my link didn't make it.

    It seems the only way I can listen to this particular station is through my browser:

    http://streaming.bnr.bg/RadioSofia
     
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    I also see hear the radio cut in and out on the web address you pointed too. Does this internet radio station have a main address?

    Plus what is the software you use to stream radio stations? My favorite is software our streaming on the mac is FStream.
     
  5. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    Interesting… I guess it may be because it's a European server? I know next to nothing about these things.

    To listen to radio stations, I usually download a pls from their sites, listening through iTunes. For this station, it's not available, so I go straight from their website. On Safari, I use flash player or quicktime player. Flip4mac factors in there somewhere, but I'm not quite sure what it does.

    Thank you for the streaming software. I will try it.
     
  6. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, could someone please explain to me what flip4mac does exactly, and what my choices are as far as players from internet sources? If you know how all of that works, could you please share?
     
  7. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Flip4Mac is something to view Windows streaming services of .avi files on the web. I just use it as a plugin for certain web cameras (especially older ones) that only put out .avi files. Today is not need as much anymore since the release of .mp4.

    I really like the application FStream because it uses such low latency and so little resources of traditional web radios.

    Now the new trend seems for streaming radio is to hand off their stream to Stream The World. So it took me while to figure out how to use my own streaming software and it goes like this:

     
  8. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, Satcomer!

    That's really complicated -- I think I am missing some of it. (Sorry, new to this.)

    What would you do if you wanted to listen to this station? http://streaming.bnr.bg/RadioSofia

    I tried putting it into FStream, and nothing happened. What should I be doing to put in radio station info in order to listen?

    Thank you!
     
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    I only look at that briefly. If you can point me to their main web page maybe I can figure out how to stream their stream. However i did find 103.6 FM in Bulgaria and their steam (for FStream) is
    Code:
    http://online.focus-radio.net:8100/sofia.m3u
    Is this the right Radio station?
     
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  11. satcomer macrumors 603

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    I found a web streaming address for FStream even though I could only get 20KBS in the USA so it took a while to connect. So here is the code:

    Code:
    mms://84.242.176.20/RadioSofia
    I hope it works for you. It buffers for a while but then works.
     
  12. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you SO much. I will try it now. You are so sweet! Many thanks for trying.
     

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