streaming audio (m3u, pls) on iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by isoS, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. isoS macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2006
    I don't own an iPhone, but I've been reading a lot about them and trying to keep up on all the things it can and can't do. My friend asked me if he could listen to streaming audio over the Internet on an iPhone, as he likes to listen to WFMU (a NJ station -- he's in California) live and would love to have the option of doing so in his car. Since Safari handles QuickTime, I figured maybe it could load a streaming m3u or pls file, but from what I've read it can't (and neither can the big Safari, it turns out). But considering you can open them in QuickTime, I was wondering if there's a web-based tool out there that can convert or load an m3u or pls and play it like a regular QuickTime file, or if anyone's working on such a thing. I realize it would be a significant drain on the battery, but if it's plugged into a car charger that wouldn't be an issue.

    Here's the WFMU streaming page if you want to look at the options they offer:
  2. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006
  3. isoS thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2006
    Does anyone know the ins and outs of streaming well enough to guess whether or not Apple could make this work if they wanted, or more immediately, whether a 3rd party could make it happen with a web app? It seems like if an m3u or pls stream can be opened in QuickTime on a Mac, the iPhone should be capable of playing it somehow.
  4. defeated macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2007
    i doubt iphone's qt support is full-featured. if this function is a must have for him, try other smartphones.
  5. odHbo macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
    The iPhone can play music that's done through Quicktime. Try and select the MP3 files.
  6. pauld macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2003
    Tokyo (London for the holidays!)
  7. wooo macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Yes they could, no it wouldn't be that hard for them to do, and yes you can do it with a webapp. See It lets you run your own webapp, with your own favorite stations streaming to your iphone.
    (NOTE: i developed it so yes, if you buy it, I will make some money

  8. KD110 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    looks like he picked the right station to want streamed - ;)just tried it and it works great...
  9. jalexmusic macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2009
    streaming audio (m3u, pls) on iPhone?

    I'm able to play m3u streaming audio on my iphone 3g with the WunderRadio app. I've downloaded several (free and paid) apps and this is the only one that has been able to play m3u SA format over the 3g network. I love the app because you could browse stations by using the phone's GPS, by category, by location all over the world or you could enter the URL of your radio station if you have it. The only complaint I have with my particular station is that it gets cuttoff every once in a while but once I restart the app it stays streaming without interruption for a while longer then it cuts off again. That becomes annoying after a while but I'll deal with it until something better comes up.

    Hope this helps.
  10. Amaranth macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2005
    In 3.0 you just tap on the link to the m3u file on the website. :)
  11. isoS thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2006
    Two years later... Thanks Apple!
  12. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    I have found that anything that streams through safari can also stream in the background. I use wunderRadio for streaming and its great. Its a large database of streams. It also has a stream in the background button which takes you to a wunderRadio page in safari for that stream. This way you click play close safari and it keeps streaming.

    It has the station you mentioned as well. But its not worth it if you only want to stream that station as you can stream that one for free.

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