FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT
WPR'S MP3 LIVE STREAMING
What media players can I use to listen to WPR's live MP3 streams?
WPR's MP3 streams are now compatible with virtually all streaming MP3 players such as iTunes, Windows Media Player,
RealPlayer and WinAmp Player. All these players are free or have free versions available. iTunes comes with all
Macintosh PCs and Windows Media Player comes with all PCs running Microsoft Windows.
Some mobile products may need an "App" to handle best our live streaming. Currently the best mobile application to use
is the NPR News App and it's free!
is one mobile App available that allows for these four products that you can
freely download and install to these devices. It's called the NPR News app. like the iPad and iPods as well as "Smart Phones" like the iPhone and Android phones
Where can I find the latest iTunes program? Do I need to own a Mac or iPod?
You can freely download and install iTunes even if you have a Windows PC. iTunes contains
a good media player that is compatible with all of WPR's MP3 live streams. Once installed, it will
"associate" itself with the ".m3u" file extension used for live MP3 streaming. Clicking on one of our MP3 links should
automatically open iTunes and play the stream.
Download iTunes Here.
I have a Windows PC and I already had iTunes installed but then downloaded and installed WinAmp.
WinAmp works fine but now when I click on a WPR live stream, WinAmp plays. I'd rather use iTunes as my 'default" player.
How can I fix this?
Installing WinAmp or other MP3 player compatible with the MP3 Stream's".m3u" extension will
often change the "file extension association" to the new player. You can force iTunes to play our MP3 streams in two ways:
- In the iTunes menu, select Advanced, then Open Stream. You can then enter (or paste) our stream address into the
URL field. Windows users can right-click on one of our MP3 stream links and select "Copy Shortcut", then paste that
into the URL field. This does not change your PC's file association, but it's handy if you want to try out the iTunes
- To permanently make iTunes your default player: from the iTunes menu, select Edit, then
preferences. Select the Advanced tab at the top of the window and check the box "Use iTunes as the default player
for all audio files". Click OK.
Where can I find "Winamp"? Is there any advantage to WinAmp over iTunes?
If your PC is a Macintosh or you already use iTunes, then we suggest you continue to use iTunes
to listen to our live MP3 streams. WinAmp works only with Windows computers. It is a smaller, faster launching media player
and is compatible with more file types than iTunes. You can also specify exactly which files it will be associated with.
It comes in both a free and commercial version. The commercial version can rip & burn CD's and create MP3 files
while the free version cannot. Download WinAmp Here.
I've got an "Internet Radio" that needs a direct address to your MP3 streaming server. What
address can I use?.
There have been several Internet Radios manufactured in the past few years. They use WiFi or a direct
ethernet cable connection to the internet and allow you to receive live streams from all over the world without a computer.
Here are the direct addresses to our live MP3 streams as of July 2011: