How do I find the "" code/url for a radio station,please?

Asked by Ian English

Hey, Anyone!
I'm new to Ubuntu and have a wonderful time trying to get Real Player to work. But now I find that there are some radio stations, like Classic FM, Smooth FM , only seem to work with Windows Media Player , so I thought that I might give Amarok a go.


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Ralph Janke (txwikinger) said :

Did you try rythmbox?

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Kevin Kubasik (kkubasik) said :

Ok, not to bombard, as there are a dozen excellent music players for Ubuntu, and any one of them should do fine, I know that Banshee ( can play almost any internet stream, but its not equipped to stream from There are a few dedicated clients (such as last-exit), as well as larger solutions such as amarok.

Hers a 5 second screencast on radio streams in amarok.

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Ian English (ian-englfam) said :

Dear Kevin & 'txwikinger',

Thank you for your suggestions.
My quest to switch on and listen to Classic FM continues. The problem seems to be Classic FM's website; it asks for a plug-in before it will play, which is

      application/x- mplayer

This implies to me that Classic FM ( and some other radio stations, I presume, as well) prefers Microsoft at all times??????

I will continue to persevere to find a way using RhythmBox and then Amarok.

Thanks again,


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John Haitas (jhaitas) said :

try upgrading to 7.04 (feisty)... it is still a beta but quite stable at this point... the final release is later this month...

after you upgrade install the "ubuntu-restricted-extras" package...

i'm running it on my machine at work and it is great...

my ubuntu machine handles windows media better than my mac...

in fact i have not yet come across media that it can't handle

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spiralx (richard-hunts-gmail) said :

Well, 2 years on, and the problem persists!

I'm running 9.04, and no, it still doesn't work. I've installed audacious; and mplayer. they don't work.

Anyone got any other ideas? I don't want to spend my time downloading and trying out every audio plug-in or player that exists. It shouldn't be necessary.

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spiralx (richard-hunts-gmail) said :

...and neither do Rhythmbox or Amarok.

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gradcommunity (clive-gradcommunity) said :

Classic FM (uk) is here works fine on rythmbox

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AlanQ (alan-q) said :

The ClassicFM URL
didn't work for me on Rhythmbox but did work on VLC.

However, when I entered the http URL into VLC I noticed it redirected to

...which did work in Rhythmbox.

NB I have 10Mb broadband yet it took about 30s to buffer in Rhythmbox.

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx 64bit
Rhythmbox 0.12.8
VLC 1.0.6 Goldeneye

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juninho14 (david-kennedy-talktalk) said :

I recently had a similar problem trying to play Chill FM on ubuntu so loaded up URLSnooper2 in windoze and voila.

Classic FM gives


Hope this is of some use for future reference.

ChillFM can be got at if anyone is interested.

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