Simple KDE Trick #1: The right way to listen to internet radio
There are many radios that provide their live sound via the Internet. I find some comfort in the idea that I can listen to music broadcasted by a college radio in Wichita at midnight while trying to find something interesting in the creative vacuum that is the Internet.
Since I got broadband at home 5 days ago, I have been doing it. But I had a problem. I am a tuner-fidgeter. I never listen to a station more than, say, 15 minutes. When I don't like two songs in a row, I switch. But switching oninternet radio is not so simple.
It is trivial to find a dozen stations in whatever format you like (say, mid-19th century thai easy listening), but it is somewhat harder to choose which one you listen.
You can use a website with a radio DB. But it means you need have the web page open all the time, and I find having a UI the size of my monitor just to switch stations distasteful.
So, here is how I do it now:
- Create a folder somewhere, called Radio
- Create, if you want, subfolders for radio formats (oldies, jazz, whatever)
- Use one of these sites to find stations you enjoy
- Drag the link that opens the feed into the folder of your choice
- Make sure you have realplay or mplayer configured to open URLs and not files. This is not fundamental, but it makes opening the station faster and avoids a useless call to konqueror, and a pointless progress window.
- Edit the properties of the newly created kicker button and set a meaningful icon.
Now, to listen to a station, you just click on the quickbrowser, navigate where you want, and click. You will notice RealPlayer is even smart enough to switch to the new station instead of opening a second window. Nice, ain't it?If you want to add/remove/edit your stations, you simply open the folder with the file manager, it's right there in the menus.And there you have it, a simple, neat, quick and elegant way to have your very own internet radio without any extra apps.
The finished product:
 Yes, there is a ton of good stuff in the net. There is also a bazillion times more crap. So, it is not a perfect vacuum, but it is a pretty hard one.
 These are just two example sites to find radio stations:
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