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The browser tells me this site is insecure!

How can I see what's being played?

Sound stops after some time on my smartphone or tablet

I want to add this site as an "app" to the homescreen

One or more stations stopped working correctly

The majority of stations refuse to work

It works, but the music stops from time to time

Can I use the site on the public cell phone network?

What's this "protocol" option on the settings page?

What's the purpose of the service page?

The player stopped working

One of the stations stopped working, the other ones are working fine

Some stations do not work, even after a "Reload"

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The browser tells me this site is insecure!

Indeed, eavesdroppers can easily see that you're visiting this site, see which buttons you're clicking and what station you're listening to.
So why not simply put this site to the secure version of the protocol?
Well, then your browser is going to show warnings that this site uses insecure elements! And some browsers may even activate the "mixed content" filter which will block most radio stations. The problem is that these so-called insecure elements are the radiostreams which often use insecure protocols. And there's simply nothing I can do about that.
By the way, the secure protocol still allows eavesdroppers to see that you're visiting this site and to which stream you're listening.
So I'd rather keep it simple. This is not a banking site.
Anyway, for those who cannot get sleep at night, there is a secure version. You've been warned!

How can I see what's being played?

flag Click the info button, a "now playing" page will appear. Unfortunately, not all stations provide valuable information. Note: the info button will only appear when you're listening to a radio station. You may also click the station name in the top bar.

Refresh To renew the "now playing" info, press the refresh button.

If the info is not available, you may want to visit the site of the radio station. Click the station logo and a new window will open.

Sound stops after some time on my smartphone or tablet

That is because you use a so-called web browser. When a device switches to "sleep mode" (when the screen turns off) the device will pause all programs after some time to save your battery, including your browser. However, some browsers start a separate and non-interruptable program to play radio streams. Safari on Apple (iOS 11 and later) seems to work well. A nice option is to use "Brave Browser", a browser that respects your privacy, but Chrome or FireFox will do the job as well. All these browsers are available for free in the Apple Store and Google Play Store. On a Samsung Android phone you can try to use the "Samsung Internet" browser, which is installed by default. When playing a radio stream with FireFox for instance, you will notice a small FireFox icon appearing at the top of the screen:

FireFox stream icon

Caution: when the screen is locked, you may see a control panel with a pause button "||". Do NOT use this button, it will just mute the sound, the stream will still continue to run, consuming valuable resources!

Control Panel

Stop buttonInstead of using the "||" button, use the rectangular white "stop" button at the bottom of the radio page. Note that radio streams cannot be paused, only being started or stopped.

I want to add this site as an "app" to the homescreen

Using Apple: touch the "share" icon on the screen (the square with an arrow). Choose the option "add to home screen".
Using Android: you can add this site as an app by using Chrome. Select the 3 dots in the upper right corner and select "add to homescreen". An icon will be visible on the homescreen and the site will appear and behave as an app.

One or more stations stopped working correctly

Refresh Try to reload the page by selecting "Reload" from the drop down menu (the 3 bars on top, right)

The majority of stations refuse to work

That is probably a license issue. As mp3 is not a free protocol, you need to install and activate this separately. Find the appropiate solution for your device on the internet, or simply use a different browser which supports mp3 out of the box, like FireFox.

It works, but the music stops from time to time

1) This is often due to poor connection quality, which depends on everything that is between your loudspeakers (or earphones) and the radio station you're listening to: the device you use, the wifi network, the internet router and many devices on the internet.

2) Your device might be switching between two different wifi access points or between wifi and the public cell phone network. The only solution in this case is to stop listening and to start a new connection using the start button.

Note: there is no interaction with this site while you are listening to a radio station. This site just sends the appropiate connection details to your device.

Can I use the site on the public cell phone network?

Yes you can, but use with caution. Listening for several hours to a radio station can use up your entire data bundle!

What's this "protocol" option on the settings page?

The way the sound is transformed into the bits and bytes of the stream is called the "protocol". By default, the so-called mp3 protocol is used, but some stations offer the AAC protocol which provides better sound quality, but unfortunately the AAC protocol is not supported by all devices.
Few stations offer the (better) "HLS" protocol which provides variable and optimized quality depending on the quality of your internet connection.
Note: a chosen protocol may not work because the protocol must be supported by the device you use. In case of problems, try another protocol, see the sevice page for protocol tests. The mp3 protocol (default) should normally do the job, but provides poorer sound quality.

What's the purpose of the service page?

These icons will play a radio stream using different protocols. If you click on an icon and there is no sound, your device will probably not support that protocol.

Next, there are 3 channel tests. Both channels (mono), the left channel and the right channel. If you hear the right channel on your left then you will have to swap the loudspeakers.

Then, there are some socalled "phase" tests. If you click the green icon, the sound must be exactly in the middle. If you click the red version, the sound is "widespread". In case you will hear the inverse, you will have to swap the + and - wires of one loudspeaker. If the loudspeakers are "in phase", both speakers will move in the same direction. If not, one speaker will move forward and the other one backward.
Note: when the "phase" icons are used on a tablet or smartphone without earplugs, the red one may not produce any sound. This is correct as the two channels are "out of phase" and the sum of these two channels is zero.

Finally, there are some playlists available, useful when you want to use a different program than a browser. If you have no idea what this is all about then you probably don't need it.

The player stopped working

Try reloading the page. Press the little curly arrow in the address bar, press F5 (Windows) or command-R (Apple)

One of the stations stopped working, the other ones are working fine.

A link might have been changed. Please inform the maintainer of this site here. Your report will be appreciated!

Some stations do not work, even after a "Reload"

This depends on your computer's settings and installed programs. The problem is that there is no standard for transmitting radio over the internet.

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"Keep things as simple as possible, but not any simpler"

This simple site provides some selected links to jazz, classical, contemporary music, world music and news internet radio stations.

This site does not contain ads or other spyware.

Why yet another radio website? There are so many other nice sites that provide the same content! Well, the main goal is privacy. There are no trackers, no annoying advertisements, no cookies, it just stores your settings and your last played station. And there is another difference: instead of offering 50000 or more radio stations, this site offers a limited number of radio stations. That's it!

Please send your comments, bug reports, feature requests or requests for new and interesting stations to the mail address you'll find here.

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