[ubuntu-uk] BBC iPlayer update: better radio support

Michael G Fletcher michael at ilovemylinux.com
Tue Jul 15 14:46:11 BST 2008

On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 11:06 AM, George MacLeod <bhaltair at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2008/7/13 Jai Harrison <jai at jaiharrison.com>:
>> On Sat, Jul 12, 2008 at 2:28 PM, Jason Liquorish <jason at dropshock.com> wrote:
>> > Apologies, I seemed to have pasted the address wrong in my last reply.
>> > The correct address for Radio 2 is
>> > mms://wmlive-acl.bbc.co.uk/wms/radio2/radio2_nb_e1s1
>> >
>> Thank you so much, Jason.
>> I now have Radio 2 in Rhythmbox and am listening to it right now :)
> Has anyone else noticed the reduction in quality of the sound from the BBC? I have been listening to 6Music for ages now using the RealPlayer plug-in in Firefox and the sound was great. Since the IPlayer revamp the quality of the sound is abysmal,  it's very tinny and weak and is the same for all the stations.

Sorry about the late response, but I must agree, the sound quality is
very sub-standard.  When using RealPlayer it was much better, and you
could pause/rewind live radio (at least with the latest realplayer10
in Linux)

I think the answer may be somewhere here -

this makes me mad! <quote>
We're doing this because we know online radio is particularly useful
in the office, and chances are that Windows Media is automatically
installed on most computers</quote> - thanks for thinking about the
rest of us! <rant over>

At the moment, I'm listening through Rhythmbox and I get a strange
thing when I connect, it buffers and plays for about 2 seconds, then
re-buffers and plays continually.  the first time it plays the sounds
quality sounds "better" than the second time...


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