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VLC Player Tutorial: How to Stream Radio Stations

Access hundreds of Web radio streams using IceCast in VLC Media Player

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Where has ShoutCast gone?

In previous versions of VLC Media player there was a built-in facility to access and stream ShoutCast radio stations like other players such as Winamp. This useful feature is no longer available, but you can still access hundreds of radio stations that broadcast over the Internet using other networks like IceCast.

Accessing this feature isn't that obvious when using VLC Media Player unless you are already familiar with its interface. With this in mind, we've written a tutorial to show you how to setup a playlist in order to start streaming your favorite radio stations straight to your desktop. Before following the simple steps below, this tutorial assumes that you already have VLC Media Player installed on your computer and that it is up-to-date.

  1. On the VLC Media Player main screen, click the View menu tab. From the list of options, click Playlist. After doing this you should now see the playlist screen.
  2. In the left pane, double-click the Internet menu to see other options.
  3. Click on the IceCast Radio Directory feature. Wait a few moments for the list of available streams to be displayed in the main pane.
  4. Look down the list of stations to see one that you'd like to listen to. Alternatively, if you're searching for something specific, you can use the search box located in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This acts as a filter so you can either type in the name of a radio station, or a genre for example in order to see relevant results.
  5. To start streaming an Internet radio station in the list, simply double-click an entry to connect. To choose another radio stream, just click on another in the IceCast directory list.
  6. Any stations you want to bookmark can be tagged in VLC Media Player by right-clicking the station in the main pane and selecting Add To Playlist from the pop-up menu. You'll find any stations you have tagged located in the Playlists menu (left pane).

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