Listen to the radio over the internet

20110710-screamer-radio

A few weeks ago I received an email from a friend asking for help to look for a Windows application that would allow her to listen to and, more importantly, record programmes broadcast on the radio and streamed to the internet.

In my investigations I discovered Screamer Radio, a freeware application that… well, allows you to listen to and record programmes (to MP3 or OGG Vorbis) broadcast on the radio and streamed to the internet.

Features

It’s really simple to use, is small (not bloated with features), doesn’t have adverts (unless you’re listening to a commercial radio station!) and supports a number of stream types:

  • Shoutcast and Icecast MP3 streaming
  • Icecast OGG Vorbis streaming
  • WMA streaming
  • AAC streaming

One feature that it doesn’t have, which would be really useful and which can be found on similar commercial software, is to schedule recordings so you don’t have to hover over the record button. But that’s a minor criticism, for the most part I just want to use it to listen to the radio.

Updating the presets

Screamer Radio comes with a lot of built-in presets. Hundreds, in fact, organised into category, country, language and network. I listen mostly to Planet Rock, BBC Radio 4 FM and BBC Radio 4 Extra.

The Screamer Radio presets come up trumps for the first, but seems quite out-of-date for the latter two; it does offer BBC Radio 4 LW. The preset for Classic FM also appears to be broken.

After a little detective work I discovered the following URLs work:

  • BBC Radio 4 FM

    http://wmlive-acl.bbc.co.uk/wms/bbc_ami/radio4/radio4_bb_live_eq1_sl0/.wma

  • BBC Radio 4 Extra
    mms://wmlive-acl.bbc.co.uk/wms/bbc_ami/radio4xtra/radio4xtra_bb_live_ep1_sl0
  • Classic FM

    http://mediasrv-sov.musicradio.com/ClassicFM

I added them to my favourite channels by going to File > Open URL, pasting in the URL, click on OK to connect and then going to Favorites > Add current channel to Favorites.

Overall it’s a really simple piece of software to use, almost as simple as my DAB radio.

One thought on “Listen to the radio over the internet

  1. Have you been able to find an alternative to the ClassicFM URL ? I have been using the one suggested for the past 5 or 6 years, most recently in China…….up until 2 weeks ago when it has suddenly stopped for me.
    Any ideas or alternatives?

    Ken

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