Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Stations Removed From iTunes Radio Tuner

The first direct blow to BAGeL Radio from the murderous new Copyright Royalty Board rate hike is that the station is no longer listed in the iTunes Radio Tuner. I am very sorry for the inconvenience and am working on a way to reinstate the listing. This is not the fault of Apple or iTunes. Please do not get mad at them and send them nasty letters. If you are mad and want to send a letter, read this, then send a letter to your congresspeople.

In the meantime, iTunes users can still listen via iTunes: first, launch iTunes. Next, click this link. You will be asked if you want to open or save a file called 64.m3u, which is the BAGeL Radio stream that is hosted by the kind folks at LaLa.com. Click Open (or, for Mac users, Open with iTunes) and this will launch BAGeL Radio in iTunes.

One bonus to launching BAGeL Radio in iTunes this new way is that everyone will finally be able to see the currently playing song information right there in iTunes. Don't ask me why, because I have no clue. Another bonus is that you won't have to sit through a Live365 ad at launch.

If this does not work for you, let me know and I will try to figure out why, meanwhile check here for several alternate ways to tune in.

Thanks for your patience.

Step-by-step:
1. Launch iTunes
2. Click the yellow Play Button that is always atop bagelradio.com
3. A window will appear asking about a file called 64.m3u
4. Click Open (Open with iTunes for Mac users), this will access the BAGeL Radio stream
5. Enjoy BAGeL Radio in iTunes (with current song info!)

Optional one-time-only steps:
6. Right-click (Mac users Control-click) the currently playing 'song' in iTunes called "BAGeL Radio-indie rock noise pop"
7. Select Get Info from the menu that appears
8. Click the Info tab of the Get info window, then type "BAGeL Radio" into the Artist field
9. Click OK-- from now on that 'song' will appear in your iTunes library under the Artist name BAGeL Radio. You can double-click it whenever you want to listen to BAGeL Radio

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