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:
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.
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...
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
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?
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.
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.