RadioShowLinks is designed to be straightforward and easy to use. There are
several areas worth covering to help you better enjoy your experience:
For immediate support use AOL IM to RadioShowLinnks. For
additional information feel free to contact
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There is a simple organizing principal used by RadioShowLinks.
Channels. Channels are a grouping of shows and
stations. These groupings are organized by content experts to provide a
useful set of similar stations or shows around a topic.
Shows. Shows are either recurring or one-time events. Shows,
such as Morning Edition are actually broadcast at many different times across
time zones - RadioShowLinks delivers a live version if possible. Further, some
shows, such as Car Talk, Morning Edition, Major League Baseball games and
others are also archived. In this case RadioShowLinks will deliver to you the live
version if possible, otherwise the last archived version!
Stations. Stations are similar to radio stations,
broadcasting from a geographical location in a general genre. With
RadioShowLinks, we have also captured the multiple streaming types that a
station may broadcast, e.g., a low bandwidth windows media stream, a high
bandwidth MP3 stream, etc. With this information and you having set your
configuration in RadioShowLinks (i.e., your local bandwidth, what players you
have installed on your machine) we can deliver to you the best possible stream.
Streams. Streams are the actual delivery of media from a
station to your machine.
Your local machine requires software application to play media streams - these
applications are known as 'players'. There are four players in prominent use
today supported by RadioShowLinks:
. This player can be obtained for free from www.real.com.
This player, on Windows and Mac machines will also play MP3 streams.
Windows Media Player
. This player can be obtained for free from www.microsoft.com.
Streaming MP3 Player
. There are multiple types of MP3 players, though note that we utilize
'streaming' MP3 as opposed to simply playing an MP3 file, say from your local
hard disk. Note that both the Real Player and Windows Media Player both
support streaming MP3, so there is no requirement that you have an MP3 player.
You can also use the WinAmp
player as well as possibly others.
. This is a player from Apple Computer.
It is highly advantageous to have as many players installed on your machine as
possible. This provides you with both a wider variety of shows / stations to
select from as well as providing RadioShowLinks with more opportunity to
provide you the best possible stream if multiple streams are available.
Note: After installing an additional player(s) please go
to the Configure
window to alert the system of your new players.
You can listen to Internet Radio on Pocket PCs and many cell phones!
The Pocket PC supports the Windows Media Player, Real Player, and MP3
Players. Free players are available for download at the following locations:
Cell phones, such as the Nokia 3650, must support a streaming media
player and be subscribed to a wireless data service to use Internet Radio. Some
cell phones support the Real Player, some support Windows Media Player. Common
cell phones that can play internet radio include the Nokia 9200 Series
Communicator and Nokia Series 60 phones. More are constantly being developed -
please check with your manufacturer or dealer for up-to-date information.
Windows Media Player
(although this came with your Pocket PC, you may need to upgrade to the latest
version) You may wish to download the Active X control for Windows Media Player
for the Pocket PC as well.
Both the Real Player and Windows Media Player will often play MP3 streams,
although functionality is limited on the Pocket PC. There are also third party
players available including a free player at
Streaming MP3 Player.
What should I do first?
Install both Real Player and Windows Media Player on your machine(s) - and
if already installed verify that you have the latest version of each.
Visit the Configure
window to ensure that RadioShowLinks is set correctly, i.e., your
installed players and the bandwidth for your machine(s).
And start enjoying!
Why do I not see stations when I think I should?
Stations provide their streams based on player type and bandwidth. For example,
a high-quality Jazz station might broadcast at 100KBPS for the MP3 format. If
your machine is configured to only accept dial-up speed streams (and possibly
not accept MP3 formats) than you can not play this stream. RadioShowLinks will
not show you this stream in this case where it would if your machine could meet
that stream's requirements.
Can I use my RadioShowLinks account over multiple machines?
(Caveat - this feature is not yet implemented - so the answer is currently no.)
Definitely, actually this is the preferred means of using RadioShowLinks. You
can share your configuration of channels across all platforms. Note that you
will want to set the machine configuration for each specific platform. Note
that for cell phones you are only able to play streams - you can not manage
your RadioShowLinks configuration.
What if a stream doesn't play?
If this is the first time you've used RadioShowLinks or this player it is
recommended that you ensure that your player was installed correctly and
produces the sample sound that normally is provided after installation.
We are constantly checking our stream 'inventory' to ensure they are all
operational. However, often a stream will not be playable for any number of
The station's server is out of capacity
The station has recently changed their configuration or gone off-the-air
Real Player streams generally do not play over a WiFi network
Note that Today's Schedule is similar, although all shows for the
current day are shown.
How can I improve the sound quality?
The most important thing is usually having a good set of speakers attached to
your computer. After that try and utilize high bandwidth streams, especially
when high quality is desired, e.g., Opera over, say a newscast.