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New but old
« on: 09:12:15 | 21 September, 2017 »
I'm new here.  I've been listening to Internet radio -- on my computer -- as long as radio has been on the Internet, over 25 years now.   I've listened to international radio via shortwave for much longer than that. 

In the past six or eight years, I've owned three different models of dedicated Internet radio sets.  One is a tiny SVP set that easily fits in a shirt pocket.  It is very convenient but no longer usable for more than just a few stations, and I've never been able to get hold of the operators of its aggregator to find out why.  Another is a fine set I brought in from the Chinese manufacturer;  it has served my kitchen quite well ever since.  Its aggregator (MediaU) is still operating.  And just recently I bought the Crane CCWiFi which is the best of the three for simple usability (though, unlike the Chinese set, to get good sound I need to connect it to outboard speakers).

I listen to radio primarily for information but music is a strong second.  I don't care for 98% of the stations that appear on my Internet sets -- they are just like the commercial stations I can get locally on the AM or FM bands.  I prefer listening to non-commercial stations, and especially those that are governmentally owned or funded.  (Just the same, it was largely commercial stations that I listened to during the past two big Caribbean hurricane emergencies.)

I'm in eastern Newfoundland.  I have just retired after forty years of being a workingman.

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Re: New but old
« Reply #1 on: 16:00:22 | 21 September, 2017 »
Welcome!

I guess you are connected to the BBC services, then?
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Re: New but old
« Reply #2 on: 07:43:40 | 25 September, 2017 »
I regularly listen to the BBC-WS and Radio Four.  (The past few months, though, Radio Four on my Chinese set has been almost unusable because it cuts out every minute or so for a couple of seconds, until it reloads.  MediaU's only suggestion was to increase the buffer size, which made no difference at all.)
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Re: New but old
« Reply #3 on: 15:43:50 | 25 September, 2017 »
There are problems with national BBC stations on aggregators (Tunein can suffer the same fate).   The BBC have largely switched to HLS and DASH streams (apart from whatever they provide to Tunein, etc.

What does your Crane offer?
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Re: New but old
« Reply #4 on: 16:23:48 | 03 October, 2017 »
Sorry for the delay in answering!

The Crane (a Reciva system) gets both the BBC WS and BBC4 without those interruptions.

In the past week, by the way, the Chinese set's reception of BBCWS has started breaking up in the same way!  Sigh.


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Re: New but old
« Reply #5 on: 17:37:41 | 03 October, 2017 »
All these services suffer from continuous 'improvements' - seems the old adage of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' has lost its currency.

I've switched almost exclusively to Logitech Media Server which works 99.9% to a variety of players.  My backup system is Amazon's Echo players for live radio.
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Re: New but old
« Reply #6 on: 13:11:56 | 06 October, 2017 »
I've virtually given up... except I'm now almost exclusively using Amazon Alexa/Echo for all listening. It's not easily possible to avoid the BBC's geo-blocking, but I'm not a fan of F1 or The Premier Division, so it's not a big deal.

I also gave up my own LiquidLounge internet radio station because I found if I set up Pandora@Alexa/Echo it would play all the same tunes, plus the odd new one I never heard before.

Alexa now also plays multi-room so it does everything I want for casual listening.

My hifi is still pretty esoteric and sounds fantastic, but I could write a book about that... Which I won't ...
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Re: New but old
« Reply #7 on: 13:48:31 | 06 October, 2017 »
Sonos just added alexa control - not really game-ready but they are obviously trying to head off Apple and Google before Xmas.
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