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Organizing Radio Streams in Audacious

Added by John Slane over 7 years ago

This question was raised a couple of years ago (by someone else), but received no replies. I'm hoping that perhaps an answer is now available.

I have numerous radio streams that I listen to fairly regularly. To organize and play these streams, I have used various players, such as Clementine and Nightingale. I'm hoping to to the same in Audacious, which I greatly prefer as an audio player. At the moment, I am doing so as follows:

1) Open a new playlist & name it "Streams"
2) Use File > Add a URL to add a new stream
3) Repeat Step 2 roughly 20 times to add the rest of my stream URLs
4) Click on the stream I want to play, and enjoy the music.

Audacious plays the streams just fine.

The problem is this:

I have not found a way to assign a NAME to each of the streams in the playlist. Consequently, all I see is a list of partial URLs. If I click on one to play it, I now can see its complete URL and stream name (which has presumably been fetched from the stream source). But, when I want to switch to another stream, I have to hunt through the list, clicking one row after another to reveal its identity.

Has someone discovered a better way to organize a playlist of stream URLs?


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RE: Organizing Radio Streams in Audacious - Added by John Slane over 7 years ago

Upon further review --------

While I was playing around with this further, I discovered that the "Artist" field for each row in the playlist was filling in with the actual stream names. Apparently, these must be filling in after each stream is actually played. So I should amend the process I described earlier to become:

1) Open a new playlist & name it "Streams"
2) Use File > Add a URL to add a new stream
3) Play the stream, in order to get the stream name to automatically appear in the "Artist" field
4) Repeat Step 2 roughly 20 times to add the rest of my stream URLs
5) Drag and drop rows in the playlist, to get them in the desired order
6) Export the playlist and save it to a safe place, in case it needs to be recovered.

RE: Organizing Radio Streams in Audacious - Added by Thomas Lange over 7 years ago

A feature request to implement this was already filed here:
http://redmine.audacious-media-player.org/issues/183

RE: Organizing Radio Streams in Audacious - Added by John Slane over 7 years ago

Thanks for the head-up on that. I searched, but obviously not well enough.

For my needs, things are now working fine as-is. Audacious is capturing the stream name from the stream source and displaying it for each stream in the "Artist" column.

If the feature request is implemented, it would certainly be an added plus, since a custom title (and bit rate) could be written in, to provide still more info.

Thanks, again.

RE: Organizing Radio Streams in Audacious - Added by John Lindgren over 7 years ago

John Slane wrote:

Upon further review --------

While I was playing around with this further, I discovered that the "Artist" field for each row in the playlist was filling in with the actual stream names. Apparently, these must be filling in after each stream is actually played. So I should amend the process I described earlier to become:

1) Open a new playlist & name it "Streams"
2) Use File > Add a URL to add a new stream
3) Play the stream, in order to get the stream name to automatically appear in the "Artist" field
4) Repeat Step 2 roughly 20 times to add the rest of my stream URLs
5) Drag and drop rows in the playlist, to get them in the desired order
6) Export the playlist and save it to a safe place, in case it needs to be recovered.

I committed a change just now to make step 3 unnecessary. The stream name from the ICY metadata will be displayed as soon as you add the streams to the playlist.

RE: Organizing Radio Streams in Audacious - Added by John Slane over 7 years ago

Wow, that is kind of you!

It will come in handy on occasions like today, when I fed a dozen new URLs into the playlist. At first, I didn't know which was which, so I had to hunt around for the one I wanted. Once I realized that the metadata was filling in as I played each stream, I just ran through them all, in order to get the list populated.

The change you mentioned will add even more convenience in situations like this.

This afternoon, I've been enjoying playing a variety of 320 kbps streams through the high-quality back end of Audacious. Sounds great. I wish I had thought of running my streams through Audacious sooner. I've been using it to play my extensive FLAC collection, bit didn't get started on streams until this weekend.

Again, thanks for the info and the support!

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