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Behaviour with BBC radio stream pls URLs
post Feb 2 2014, 11:54
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Hi all.

I'm not very familiar with foobar2000 and I'm trying to understand how to get round the following problem:

I want to listen to BBC radio 3 using the following URL:


When I add this to foobar2000, 2 entries appear (rather than the 1 that I would expect) and I can hear the radio station. However, if I stop listening, wait an hour and then try again to listen to either of the 2 entries, I get the following error message:

Unable to open item for playback (Forbidden (403)):

In order to listen to the radio station again, I need to re-add the network URL. I have also tried listening to that URL using 2 alternative radio players (LightRadio from http://www.crownsoft.net/lightradio.htm and Xion Audio Player from http://www.xionplayer.com/) but only foobar2000 exhibits this behaviour. I presume that foobar2000 is in some way dereferencing the original URL and storing its contents rather than storing the URL itself, but I'm not sure.

Is there an easy way for me to stop this from happening?

Thank you for your help, Jaime
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post Feb 2 2014, 12:06
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the links in the .pls files expire after a certain time.

ht tp://bbcmedia.ic.llnwd.net/stream/bbcmedia_he2_radio3_q?s=1391163777&e=1391178177&h=71384955a185a0d1fd0062fd4edafeed

those s & e pararmeters (presumably for start and end) are unix timestamps. using an online converter, i can see they're from friday morning/afternoon. all you can do with foobar is use the file>add location dialog. this will remember previous entries so you can just select the full url again.
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post Feb 2 2014, 14:03
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Try add location: http://bbc.co.uk/radio/listen/live/r3.asx. It may give multiple entries in the playlist and seemed to work fine after deleting all bar one. There are other BBC radio links here for example.

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