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= What is it A simple dialog-based internet radio tuner. = Motivations Listening to music shouldn't require a complex graphical user interface. Also, it is nice to be able to control what's beeing played from wherever on the house network. Finally, the members of my family are not inclined to tecnology, so a simple interface enables them to use it. = Requirements Uses mplayer for playing, alsamixer for setting volume, dialog for the interface. Reads station urls from files in a PATH (/etc/radio, $HOME/.radio). = Obtaining station files To extract a station url you usually read the source of the html page serving the stream and seek for the EMBED tag. That tag would have a parameter looking like a filename. Append the filename to the baseurl and you should get a datafile containing the url of the stream. You can just drop that datafile under /etc/radio giving it a meaningful name for you. The stations/ directory contain some tools to extract stations data from other applications. See also http://strk.keybit.net/code/radio/ for station file collections. = Install Copy the 'radio' script somewhere in your PATH. The 'stations' directory contains some station files you can copy to /etc/radio or $HOME/.radio. Note that lines starting with the hash char (#) are comments, and I use them to remember where did I get the stream url from, and how (in case stream stops working). = Limitations (TODO) - doesn't show mplayer output. Would be useful for debugging, and also to see the cache is filling. - doesn't store station being played on the filesystem, so another instance won't recognize a station is already playing.