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FStream

Stream Audio

Anywhere You Want It!

Nates networkIf you have kept up with the digital media revolution, you probably have a bunch of your favorite music loaded up on a computer, or perhaps like me, spread over several in different parts of the house. If you use iTunes or Windows Media Player, you can easily share these different music libraries on your home network, but this limits on which computers or devices you can actually connect and play them.


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Internet Radio on Your iPhone

Thanks to the iPhone's high-speed connectivity and some great apps, you can listen to Internet radio wherever you are!

 The iPhone is an ideal platform for listening to online radio stations. In this article, I give you an overview of the best radio apps available and provide you with information on how you can gain access to several online radio stations.

Note that streaming media for an extended length of time can drain your iPhone's battery. To help minimize this, please try the tips in the sidebar titled, "Reduce Battery Drain Associated With Streaming Media."


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Streaming Democracy

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What do you do if you’re a person who likes to keep up with news but the source of the broadcasts is Windows Media Player?

This is all too common a situation for people like me who like to follow what is happening in their state Legislature, in my case Maine. Take my situation; working in health care, I like to keep up with what is happing, particularly with Bills being debated in Health and Human Services and Appropriations.  Many states which broadcast their Legislatures use WMP which creates an unintended barrier for iPhone users since the iPhone won’t stream .wma or .wmv files.  Or can it?

I want to share with our readers a couple of work arounds, the first described in my colleague Werner’s blog. I’ve been using Streamer (Free) myself because it has video and it is indeed very good, albeit with more bells and whistles than I need. The video is a bit jerkey too.

The other option is FStream (Free) and can have you up and running those pesky .asx streams. The set up is  fairlyeasy, though be prepared to do a little digging to get the correct URL, if you have Safari, you'll need to go to View then down to View Source and look for the media player and file.  If you have Firefox you’ll be able to right click (press Control then click) on the Media Player, open Properties and you’ll see the URL.  

Of course if the web administrators just posted that URL under the player for everyone who doesn’t use WMP - that would open up Democracy a bit more.

I would encourage you to do your part and point out to web administrators for state or local governments that their broadcasts would reach more citizens if the URLs for audio and video broadcasts were posted. Now it is entirely possible, there’s a simpler way to do all this, if so give a shout and post your workflow. I love to hear from readers!



Nate Adcock's BEST of 2009

iPhone Life Staff's Favorite Apps

It's the beginning of the New Year, and everyone is publishing their lists of the best iPhone apps for the previous year. Below are the iPhone/iPod apps I used the most in 2009.

Games

Second on my list of favorite games is Real Racing ($4.99; firemint.com), a very life-like racing game. My short list of additional honorable mentions includes Battle Bears ($0.99; battlebears.com) and Jelly Car 2 ($0.99; walaber.com).

Productivity

Task2Gather

($0.99; task2gather.com) has great task/time management features and a collaborative task sharing capability.


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Everything you'll ever need to know about listening to radio on the iPhone - Part I

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The iPhone is an ideal platform for listening to online radio stations. In this article, I explain everything you’ll ever need to know about all this. You’ll learn how radio stations can be listened to on even non-jailbroken iPhones, without any hacks to play stations in the background; I also present a very thorough comparison of currently available third-party radio software.

First and foremost, let’s take a closer look at the built-in, out-of-the-box radio support.

1. Built-in capabilities: QuickTime

All versions of the iPhone (and, of course, the iPod Touch – from now on, I refer to all these as “iPhone”), under OS3, already have support for playing back some (not all!) possible radio stream types.



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