View Full Version : can't get winamp to play shoutcast files
10th July 2001, 20:28
I just installed the latest Winamp and tried playing shoutcast files. What happens is the open file box pops up and nothing happens. How can I fix this?
10th July 2001, 22:43
Same thing with mine. I have tried everything and can't figure this one out. Someone Help Us!!
11th July 2001, 17:02
I too am having this problem. Some details are in order. I am running Win2K with IE5.0. I used to be able to click the "tune-in" buttons for shoutcast, and up would come Winamp to play the streaming audio. Suddenly (maybe I let Winamp update itself or something, I don't remember), this does not work any more. If I already have Winamp running, clicking a "tune-in" button just causes a small dialog to appear then quickly dissappear (so quickly I don't even know what it is), and no music is played. If Winamp is not yet running, then clicking "tune-in" brings up Winamp, but it comes up with a file open dialog box, to open a .pls file (again, no automatic music). I have completely uninstalled and reinstalled Winamp, with no change in this behaviour.
HOWEVER! If I save a .pls file from a shoutcast web-site to my hard-disk with my browser, I can double-click the .pls file, and Winamp *does* play the shoutcast streaming audio!
YIPES! I just went to shoutcase to verify some of my post, and things have mysteriously started working! Very strange... Is it really working? Or did I do some combination of things that made it work temporarily? I'll have to reboot to find out...
11th July 2001, 17:15
I rebooted, and it still works!?! I honestly don't know what I did. I was fooling around with file types in "folder options" but I don't think I actually changed anything. Maybe the geniuses as Nullsoft fixed some applet the browser was using. Try again yourself, and see if it works for y'all now.
13th July 2001, 12:53
I have the problem you describe, but have been unable to correct it so far. W98 and IE 5.5. I thought it was a conflict with Media Player 7.1. I have uninstalled and reinstalled each several times. It is not our LAN firewall because a co-worker has no problem. What is codec, and how did you get a .pls file?
A Plugin Developer
13th July 2001, 16:14
Try this plugin and you should be listening to Shoutcast again in no time. :)
13th July 2001, 16:25
If you have something showing in the playlist window (lower left), you can push the button that's just next to the lower right hand corner of the playlist window, then push the bottom thingie that pops up. You should get a "save as" dialog. I thought I also saw my broswer ask me if I wanted to "run" or "save as a file" when clicking a "tune-in" button, but it doesn't do that any more.
After playing with "internet options" this morning, I discovered that I did change some options the day things started working. I'm not sure if this is the answer, but on the "Advanced" tab of "Internet Options" in IE5, I put a check in the boxes marked "Use PCT 1.0" and "Use TLS 1.0" under "Security." This did not seem to have an immediate effect for me, but I can't think of what else I might have done. Try it...
p.s. Codec is shorthand for encode/decode
13th July 2001, 17:31
I downloaded and installed the ShoutAmp plugin. The message about it being first use, and needing to setup Genres came up. There currently seem to be ZERO stations available. I get the same response as before when trying to tune in as before also. I changed the Internet options on the advanced tab, and that didn't help either. I haven't rebooted yet...
13th July 2001, 18:05
I am not using a plug-in (should not need it). I too had trouble for days and did multiple uninstall/installs. My troubles started *after* things had been working fine. The new version is also supposed to prevent RealPlayer from stealing the .pls file association, so that should not be the problem. Still not sure what caused my miraculous cure, but it's been working for days now. Seems like the last thing I did before things started working was to double-click a .pls file that I had stored in a "My Documents" folder. Try both starting Winamp this way, and also start Winamp, then double-click the .pls file to start the music.
Me thinks that the fix for the RealPlayer problem is what is causing this grief.
A Plugin Developer
13th July 2001, 18:16
Originally posted by bredington
I downloaded and installed the ShoutAmp plugin. The message about it being first use, and needing to setup Genres came up. There currently seem to be ZERO stations available. I get the same response as before when trying to tune in as before also. I changed the Internet options on the advanced tab, and that didn't help either. I haven't rebooted yet... You've got to choose a genre to fill the combobox, then there will be stations you can choose from... give that a try and tell me if you can get some Shoutcast going.
I know I'd die w/o my daily dose of shoutcast. :)
13th July 2001, 19:00
I believe this is the problem. The drop down only reads "Select a Genre". Clicking the big gray Genre button pops up a list of them, but choosing (I gave up after about 30 attempts) just says "No stations are available for the (X) genre at this time." I went to the Search selection, and was then allowed to type into the drop-down box. I tried Rock (and rock), Blues, blues, even Country (yuck). I tried each of these by selecting the "Genre or Station Title" and then the "Played in Last 30 Minutes" radio option buttons BEFORE typing and pressing enter (because the default is neither selected). This got the same message as above each time.
A Plugin Developer
13th July 2001, 20:38
Originally posted by bredington
I believe this is the problem. The drop down only reads "Select a Genre". Clicking the big gray Genre button pops up a list of them, but choosing (I gave up after about 30 attempts) just says "No stations are available for the (X) genre at this time." I went to the Search selection, and was then allowed to type into the drop-down box. I tried Rock (and rock), Blues, blues, even Country (yuck). I tried each of these by selecting the "Genre or Station Title" and then the "Played in Last 30 Minutes" radio option buttons BEFORE typing and pressing enter (because the default is neither selected). This got the same message as above each time. Whooow... sounds like you've got other problems then, are you using a proxy to connect to the internet? I just tried all the things you mentioned above and the Genre filled just fine every time.
I don't know what else to tell you, perhaps just do a [CTRL]+[L], and paste in "http://wolffm.inyc.com:8000"... if you still get errors check your Winamp internet settings [CTRL]+[P] | select Setup on the left.
I feel your pain... I hope you figure this thing out. :)
16th July 2001, 15:01
I finally got it. After playing with the settings in preferences [ctrl+p] I noticed the file types folder, and .pls at the bottom of the list. I went to the minibrowser and R clicked to save target as. The default filename had an .xpl extension (NOT in the list) It appears Winamp doesn't read shoutcast playlist files with the .xls extension. I checked Explorer file types, Winamp playlist files have m3u, xpl, and pls extensions listed. Using edit to change the default, I found that setting it to 3mu or pls worked fine, but xpl doesn't work. On a whim, I renamed the saved target playlist file using a .pls extension (despite the windows warning). Double click on the new file and BAM! Music to my ears. The need to save and rename each playlist individually before listening is not really as user friendly as I would expect.
16th July 2001, 18:35
I have tried everything in this post as well as extrapolating a bit from my vast knowledge of windows and I cannot get this to work at all. I still get asked if I want to open or save as when I click a link to a .pls file. Winamp is associated with it. Real Player is not (I deleted the association). I have searched the registry for PLS and everything looks Kosher to me. Anybody have this problem and actually get it to work? Let me know, I am getting desperate.
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