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Old 02-13-2004, 02:12 AM   #1
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Listen to radio on Debian

Is it possible to listen to online radio station((in particular,Radio France) in Linux?
Is Debian offering such streaming software?
I have heard someone saying xmms can, but how exactly?
I tried to add url( to url+, but nothing happened.
Which url should I add?

Furthermore, it seems that xmms does not play .rm .ram at all.
Do I need any plug-ins?
Old 02-13-2004, 08:18 AM   #2
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I've never been able to use xmms as a browser plugin. I went to the site you linked to and it's working well for me using the Mozilla FireFox, the Mplayer and mplayerplug-in
Old 02-13-2004, 09:16 AM   #3
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Have a nose for sites called icecast and shoutcast. You will be able to download files which you can point to with xmms and it'll connect to the linked radio station.

If the station broadcasts in Real Audio format then you'll need to install RalPlayer or a Real Audio plugin for xine or mplayer
Old 02-16-2004, 02:19 PM   #4
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Post Ogg Vorbis audio format and Radio France...

Hi everyone,

By the way,
this article might interest you, 'Eaglegst' who created this thread:


N.B: it is *in French* (sorry in advance for those who don't speak French).

This is about Radio France making their broadcasts available in Ogg Vorbis audio format (Free audio format). The information is from April 2003. I am not sure it is still true (last time I went to Radio France's site, I couldn't find anything else than proprietary audio formats... ).

Old 02-16-2004, 05:14 PM   #5
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Lightbulb Listen to Radio France using xmms

Hi again,

Here is an interesting thread for listening to the radio from the internet:

< >
Thanks to his author.

For listening to Radio France - using xmms for instance- have a look at:

< > (in French).

Launch xmms (probably /usr/bin/xmms),
then right click on the Xmms interface, select "Playlist editor" or whatever it is called in your language (in French "Editeur de la liste de lecture"),
then right click on the Playlist editor,
select Add->Url,
enter for instance for France Inter radio,
then double-click on it in the Xmms playlist editor. If your system is correcly configured, then you will hear the radio .

The other Radio France urls are the following (in Ogg Vorbis format):
(Ogg Vorbis is the famous lossless free & open audio format)

France Inter :
France Info :
France Culture :
France Musiques :
Le Mouví :
Hector :
La CityRadio de Paris :

If you encounter any further problem listrening to Radio France, they have put this page at our disposal for any questions/problems - Feel free to visit this page (in French :-/ ):
< >

Have fun!
Old 04-17-2006, 08:09 AM   #6
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ach radio-france

Many thanks sylvain_linux for your explanations.

I did exactly what you wrote but I wasn't surprized to have a 404 Error (page not foiund). Radio-France doesn't give a damn about free format (by the way Ogg Vorbis is a lossy codec though better than mp3).

Some people on have bitterly commented on the terroble quality of the ogg files when they are accessible.

At the moment ogg on Radio-France is a gimmick, and a joke. Shame on the national radio broadcast.

And does the website display well on Firefox? (Try France-Culture: can you see the left-hand menus in flash? i can't see any menus at all though the flash plugin is installed and works.

Old 04-17-2006, 06:05 PM   #7
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Mplayer works quite well. Using the plugin I was able to pull the URL:

France Bleu Creuse:

mplayer -cache 32 mms://

Old 04-17-2006, 11:55 PM   #8
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Many thanks for your reply kencaz!

I'm not sure france-bleue is available in the ogg format. I suppose you listened to that radio station in the WMA format.

For the moment I'm trying to see what I can listen to using Xmms and no Codecs32...
Old 04-18-2006, 08:53 AM   #9
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ah at last

Hello again,

Well I used VLC (videoLan) a few hours later and I got something -- nothing beautiful but there was some muffled words and sounds.

So nothing to do with Linux anyway.

By the way VLC sounds better than Xmms -- a clearer more natural sound, better for classical music and strings.



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