Add Radio Streams From Websites To iTunes

While many of you use services like Mixtape.me to listen to music at work, some of you probably still like your local radio stations, but hate needing to play them in your browser. Here's how to open those streams in iTunes.

Despite the fact that we spend a lot of time in our browsers, sitting there with a separate browser window (constantly running Flash, no less) is not everyone's idea of ideal. If you'd like to stick your local radio station's stream into iTunes, reader CamJN shows us how, using Safari on a Mac as an example:

Visit the now playing page in Safari and wait for the stream to start (i.e., wait for any ads to finish playing). Then, hit Command+Option+a (which brings up the Activity window) and then copy the item that is of the form http:// ##.##.##.##:80/CAPITALLETTERSAAC?...

eg: http://208.80.52.110:80/CKNOFMAAC?streamtheworld_user=1&nobuf=1279141682794

Then copy out the URL up to the first question mark, and append the correct music file extension, it is usually the last three letters of the mess of capitalized radio jargon.

eg: http://208.80.52.110:80/CKNOFMAAC.aac

Open in iTunes by opening the Advanced menu, then choosing Open Audio Stream... and then paste your URL into the text field, it should start to play immediately.

We've talked about Safari's Activity window in a similar context before, but this requires a bit more work and a good eye to find the right URL. Firefox users on both Mac and Windows should be able to use the liveHTTPHeaders extension to do the same thing.

I've tested this with a few of my local radio stations here in Michigan, and it seems to work with some stations, but not all of them. Try it out, and let us know how it works for you in the comments.


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