In order to listen to live radio streams (broadcasts) on the internet, you will require:
  • An adequate internet connection (typically more than 256 kilobits per second),  
  • Free, third-party software  installed on your computer. The choice of software is dependent upon your operating system , your browser and the type of stream.

Article Contents:

1. Required Software
2. Server Types
3. Your Browser
4. Questions?
Required Software

The software that you will require will depend upon your operating system .

Australian Radio Online
has categorised streams into three broad categories which are indicated with icons (Windows Media Player, WinAmp or RealPlayer). Whilst not categorical, these serve to guide you as what software you will likely need for each stream. To make listening easy, it is suggested that you install all of the programmes listed for your operating system in the table below.

Once you have done that, just click the stream link, and your computer will automatically open the appropriate programme and you will be able to start listening to your station of choice.
  Format  Microsoft
(Windows XP, Vista, 7)
(All versions of Mac OS)
Windows Media Player Windows Media Player
(.asx, .wmp, .wma)
Windows Media Player Apple QuickTime
and Flip4Mac
WinAmp WinAmp
(Streaming MP3, AAC, .pls, .m3u)
WinAmp Apple QuickTime
RealPlayer Real One
(.ra, .rm, .ram)
RealPlayer RealPlayer Mac

Users of Microsoft Internet Explorer  might get the following error message when clicking on certain stream links:

A website wants to open web content using this program on your computer (Internet Explorer)

If this occurs, tick "Do not show me the warning for this program again", then press "Allow"  

Server Types

Most streams marked Windows Media Player icon, WinAmp or RealPlayer are delivered
via HTTP  , the same protocol as web pages.
Sometimes radio broadcasters will utilise the MMS  protocol for certain Windows Media Player and WinAmp streams or RTSP or PNM protocols for RealPlayer. These protocols can deliver content to your computer more reliably than HTTP, but if not configured properly (and depending on your browser settings), you computer might not know how to access MMS streams.

To check if your computer knows how to handle MMS streams (or RTSP or PNM) follow this procedure in Windows 7 or Windows Vista:

1. Go to Start > Control Panel > Default Programs > Set Associations

2. The following dialogue box should appear. Choose "Make a file type always open with a program"
File Associations Dialogue Box

3. Scroll all the way down to "Protocols" and double-click on "MMS". Choose "Windows Media Player" or "Winamp" as desired.

Your Browser

To get the most from this website, you should be using the latest version of your browser  . This website is designed to function properly with four popular browsers:
(Note: Google Chrome currently doesn't support easy web streaming.) 

Even if you followed the file association steps above, you might have some browser-specific issues:

You may get the following warning. If so, un-tick "Always ask before opening this type of address", then press "Allow". That will ensure this warning doesn't appear again.
MMS Streams Dialogue Box

Problems are unlikely, but if they occur, go to Tools > Options > Applications and associate MMS, PL, MP3, M3U, ASX, WMA with Windows Media Player or WinAmp as appropriate.
Firefox file association dialogue box

Go to Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Programs and click the "Add" button under "Choose helper applications for other protocols". This will open a dialog box called "Protocols".

Simply enter the protocol in the "Protocol" field without a colon or slashes (for example, you can enter "mms", but not "mms:" or "mms://"), and either set Opera to use the system default application to handle this protocol, or specify one in the "Open with other application" field.


If you have further questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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