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Martin Crawley1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Widgets allow me to add any BBC radio station to my desktop, I can listen via the BBC website & iPlayer but is there any way to add some of these stations to iTunes and thus stream it around my house?

I've searched the forum and there are no results. I can't believe no-one has asked this before....

Thanks.

24" 3.06 GHz Intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPod Classic; iPhone 4
  • Flynn Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    I think it used to be possible but it seems that the BBC have made it more difficult so while you can add many stations to iTunes you can't add the BBC ones. Maybe someone has a workaround.

    I can play the stations through QuickTime as I have Flip4Mac installed but that doesn't work in iTunes.

    You can search for the stream urls on a site like:

    http://www.radiofeeds.co.uk/
  • Sekoya Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)
    Martin Crawley1 wrote:
    Widgets allow me to add any BBC radio station to my desktop, I can listen via the BBC website & iPlayer but is there any way to add some of these stations to iTunes and thus stream it around my house?

    Just get Airfoil, it allows you stream sound from any app to any Airport Express or iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. That is how I listen to the BBC, play the BBC in the browser and use Airfoil to stream it to where I want to listen to it.
  • Martin Crawley1 Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    It's a shame it can't be listened to in iTunes as then it could be remotely controlled via the iPhone app.

    Thanks for the help.
  • Hansie_Van_Staak Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Not too sure if anyone is still monitoring this thread, but thought it might be useful.

    After digging out an old apple TV, I was doing some updates and generally playing about with it...and guess what I discovered the BBC Radio Stations whilst looking for internet radio streams...I've come back to my MacBook and opened up itunes, and yep they are there alright!

    I've created a playlist and synced this to my apple tv, which makes navigating to the stations using the remote app much easier - perfect for use into my Russound Multiroom audio system.

    Sound quality is really good on the 128kbps streams too.

    You'll need to search under the various genres to find the stations but at the moment, this is how I found them...

    Happy listening.

    BBC Radio 1 – TOP 40/POP

    BBC Radio 1 xtra – TOP 40/POP

    BBC Radio 2 – ADULT CONTEMPORARY

    BBC Radio 3 - CLASSICAL

    BBC Radio 4 – NEWS/TALK RADIO

    BBC Radio 4 LW - NEWS/TALK RADIO

    BBC Radio 4 extra (was radio 7) - COMEDY

    BBC 5 Live – NEWS/TALK RADIO

    BBC 5 Live Sports Extra – SPORTS RADIO

    BBC 6 Music – ALTERNATIVE ROCK
  • Andy987 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you! I've been wanting that for literally years. Finally I can stream Radio 4 round my house. I wonder how long it's been available?
  • tdlucas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    Sneaked these in didn't they. In my mind, it's worthy of an announcement akin to that when Apple finally secured The Beatles stuff.

     

     

    "I've created a playlist and synced this to my apple tv"

     

     

    I'm struggling here though. I've created a test playlist exclusively for radio stations on my Mac Mini and it's showing up in playlists on my ATV2 as containing 3 items but subsequently when accessing the playlist it says "There are no songs in this library". Any clues?

     

    Cheers

  • jockmoron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, I found the same thing a week or so ago. But now these stations no longer work, and I suspect the BBC or Apple has deliberately discontinued this availability. It would be nice to know why.

  • PatchouliJulie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    For the past 2 days I have not been able to stream bbc through apple tv, now I cannot stream through itunes internet radio.

    Does anyone know why?

  • Rashoop Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same here. I thought I'd struck gold and found one of the greatest features of my Apple set-up... Streaming BBC Radio through iTunes. PLEASE Apple, get this working again! I'll also make a plea to BBC to do what they can (if the issue is on their side). Please everyone else do this too!

  • tdlucas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Seems that the issue may lie with the BBC. None of their AAC+ streams are working at present over any application so fingers X'd that it's just a temporary hitch and they've not turned them off permanently. (Wouldn't make any sense if they have as AAC+ is a much more economic use of bandwidth than wma).

     

    I have attempted to contat the BBC for clarification but no response as of yet. Anyone gets any news, please share.

     

    Cheers

  • jockmoron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, would you know it, you must have fixed the problem. I thought I'd have another go, and there we are, at least Radio 3 high quality version is working again, I haven't tried the others yet.

  • Rashoop Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just tried, and no luck here. But I'm also having no luck streaming any stations (Radio Paradise which has always been solid). May be another issue for me.

  • KasilofLeif Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

         Not sure why you used a widget, or need to.  Just now, June 4th, 1300 ADT, opened iTunes on my iBook G4  Mac OS 10.5.8 with iTunes 10.2.2 (12).  Opened the "Radio" library, expanded "News/Talk radio", found a BBC station ("BBC Radio 5 Live" out of a bunch of BBC choices), "Clicked-and-Dragged" it to the bottom of my "Playlist", then opened the "Music" library, clicked and dragged it there, too, from "Playlist", though it stays in "Playlist".  iTunes puts it in the bottom with other radio stations because it labeled it "unknown album" (as it does all radio stations i have there) in the far left "Album" column, and as "BBC 5 Live" in the "Name" column.  I like my radio stations grouped, and at the bottom is "easiest found", so I've never tried to rename them.  It plays from either place when you double-click it.  Is this a non-standard way to do this, and therefore a "workaround"?  Or is it the standard way when you don't use widgets?  I stumbled on it by accident very early in my iTunes learning curve and never changed it, as it works for me.

              I have a CBC radio station, Classical Minnesota Public Radio, KSKA (Anchorage, Alaska) and a bunch of bluegrass stations set up this way.

              I don't have a whole-house sound system, and therefore no "remote" control, so can't speak to that issue.

              We have a brand new iMac with newest OpSys and - probably - newer iTunes, and haven't tried it there as it is in use and will be for awhile by someone else in the household.  And, anyway, don't use it for music, yet.

    KasilofLeif

  • tdlucas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, we're back in the room. Let's hope they're here to stay this time.

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