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Old 05-28-2011, 08:48 AM
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Re: AM on WP7

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Originally Posted by JRV View Post
Got Windows Phone 7? Just got mine today. Verizon finally released a WP7 phone after months of rumors...

...only to find that WP7 can't play AM's PLS playlist format natively. Actually, not a huge surprise; WMP can't either. But Internet Radio Tuner, available from the WP Marketplace for $1.50-ish US, works great with the free and patron streams. (For patron stream, type the URL Vaxman posted in the Patron forum.)
Technically, none of the players "play" the .PLS file. It's a file which defines where the source of the music it describes is located for play. It's a "playlist" file.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLS_%28file_format%29

What's truly interesting is that PLS it was foisted upon the public by Micro$oft.

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Originally Posted by JRV View Post
Sadly, AM is too often ABM, it seems, but thought the info might be helpful to those who find WP7 is a BRILLIANT product, albeit years overdue.

While on the subject of living with .PLS, in case no one's posted it before, you can listen to AM in Windows Media Player without having to install the bloated, bug-ridden, Winamp. Use http://openplsinwmp.codeplex.com. Yes, it's ugly (opens a command prompt window briefly on the way to opening AM), but it works well.
I don't know anything about WEENDOZE players but, again, the .PLS file is a flat text file. You can save the file and open it in an editor. The important piece of information is the URL for the stream. .PLS is also a web served file in the case of AM. Do you have an appropriate definition in your browser to help it decide what to do with the .PLS information once it's been retrieved?
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