I have Windows Media Player 9 series on my WinXP Pro machine, and have tried to use the Radio Tuner. It comes up with the "work offline" feature
checked, which does not allow the Radio Tuner to function (even though my computer is online by ethernet connection all the time). If I uncheck the
"work offline" feature, the old dial-up connection box that I used to use for my old phone modem (which is still in the computer, but not hooked up
to a phoneline) comes up, prompting me to connect through the modem--even though I am already connected to the internet.
Can someone tell me how to get WMPlayer 9 to work as a radio tuner? Or, do you suggest another program to use for Internet "radio"? Years ago, I listened to some radio programs through Realplayer--is that a good choice?
Just use http://www.pandora.com
I have tried Pandora, Waffler, and it does not work on my machine. My PC does not meet minimum system requirements. I think the BIOS on my machine
But, I remember tuning in to some radio stations that also put their broadcasts online in the late 90s, and often got fairly decent response on my 56K modem. I would imagine I could get great audio-only--unless the stations are sending more on their internet feeds to take advantage of faster connections with the better sound possible.
Here is a player with modest system requirements, in line with the ones I remember from the 90s. I see Radio Crawler on the page.
notice there is something about CBS on the page, so I wonder if the CBS radio network is going to promote its own stations on it.
Here is Radio Tuna, which claims to have some technological advantages (that is, some advantages in the program--it is not hardware).
I haven't compared download sizes yet. My hard drive is a little crowded these days, so I hope none of them are real large.
I had hoped someone would take an interest in this, and I'm bumping it up for another try.
Pandora doesn't work on my computer.
I tried Radio Tuna, but hit a problem--the installation program insists on using the now-disconnected phone modem to fetch the internet files it needs, and won't proceed without them.
Hmmm. It names the files it needs. I wonder--could I get the files myself through the broadband connection? Then, would the Radio Tuna file examine my hard drive, see that I have the files already, and then not ask for them? But--how would I know where to put the files?
If I get the names of the files and print them here, perhaps someone would recognize their nature and proper place.
What do you think, guys?
The Radio Tuna installation program says it needs:
Windows Installer 3.1 (x86) [file name WindowsInstaller-KB893803-v2-x86.exe]
Windows Imaging Component (x86)
Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0 Client (Web Download)
Then it asks me permission to install them, and I click a button that says Install.
That's when the Dial-up Connection box for my former phone modem connection appears. I can't dial through it without a phone line connected to it, and the program won't proceed if I close the box.
Do the three program components above look familiar? How can I get them without the installer doing it for me?
If I can get one of these installed and working. . . .
Thnk of having a choice of a hundred or more stations available to you, without static. I can choose any kind of music that the radio player includes. Instead of just getting the music, I'll also get whatever instruction and audio comments the station hosts provide. I fully expect to hear songs and artists I've never heard before, and I'll hear songs that I've liked earlier in my life but not heard in a decade. Some will be songs of which I never knew the title or group.
I'll also be able to hear local news from many cities. If there is a hurricane somewhere, or a forest fire, or a terrorist threat, I'll be able to hear the local details as the newsman from that area mentions highways that are closed or events that are cancelled.
I expect to hear some programs at my own convenience, since the same national shows are carried and played at different times on different stations.
Some of the stations will have news magazine shows. Some Christian stations will play groups I remember from my college days (I have heard one such show, I think it's called "On Record," that features Christian artists from the vinyl record days).
I've been surprised that it seems no one here shares my excitement about wide-ranging internet radio. I thought a few people might tell me they had such-and-such a radio player, just as we have compared our OSs and our browsers.
DELETE THE DIAL UP CONNECTION! I can't say it any clearer!!!!!!!!!
Look at his reply again.
If and when you chose to give up your blazing fast Internet for the JOYS of dial-up again, you will need to reset everything up from scratch ANYWAY!
For someone who is supposedly so smart, you can be thick as a brick sometimes.
Doesn't the free version of WinAmp do radio?