How to Get TRRS's Signal Over the Web

If using the Player link in the upper right of each page does not work for you, or you wish to use some other method, this page will tell you how. 

There is a Player on the top right of each website page which allows you to listen live to the TRRS signal.  If you are using a screen reader, the Player follows the text, "Listen Live, Streaming Audio."  The first and only button is labeled PLAY.  The name of the button changes to PAUSE after you click PLAY.  If you navigate off the page within the TRRS website, the Player will stop, but you can use other web or computer applications without stopping the stream.  (The non-Internet methods of receiving our signal are covered under How to Receive the Reading Service Signal.)

If You've Done it Before, Use This Link!

Listen Now - for most media players other than Windows Media Player

For Windows Media Player, use your stored Playlist entry for TRRS, or right click this WMP TRRS LINK and select Copy Shortcut.  Then open Windows Media Player, select File/Open URL, and paste the link.  (You may need to press the Alt key to see the File option.)  Read the text at the bottom of the page to see how you can save this link for future use.  NOTE:  Some WMP users have reported success by left-clicking the WMP TRRS LINK above, but this is not reliable.

Triangle Radio Reading Service gratefully acknowledges ...

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... "The Public's Library and Digital Archive," who are providing the bandwidth for us without charge.

 

Here Are The Details!

Streaming Audio

We'd like to tell you a little bit about streaming audio, which is how you listen to TRRS over the Internet. We're just going to assume that you may not have heard this before, so it may sound elementary.

Providing an audio signal over the Internet is a complex process, but recent innovations have made it a lot easier. The process by which an audio signal travels from a distant host computer to your desktop is called "streaming audio". As with many new technologies, a variety of processes and formats have entered the marketplace, and that can make it challenging to get it to work. Patience is a virtue, and having a friend who can set up your computer is even better.

Processing the Signal

There are several methods for converting an audio signal into a file accessible to a computer. Converted audio files get large fast, which can make them challenging for a computer to handle. Some audio files are quite detailed; that's great for music. TRRS's audio signal is mostly of people reading, so it's a lot simpler, and the files are smaller, which means you don't need the most sophisticated computer to listen. We've gone with a program called Shoutcast to convert our digital signal for Web broadcast. 

Formats

A variety of audio formats are available on the Web, offering anything from CD-quality sound to low-fidelity styles intended for phone conversations. We're somewhere in the middle. Our signal is in a format called "mp3", which you might recognize: it's a common format that combines reasonable fidelity with manageable file size.

Bandwidth

Our streaming-audio is now hosted by ibiblio. We send them our signal, and they make it available to you.  Thank you, ibiblio!  Their bandwidth capacity has eliminated the need for us to restrict the number of users who can connect to us simultaneously.

Dialup or Broadband?

Do you have to have a broadband connection to the Web, or will a regular old dialup modem do? We're delighted that the signal comes through loud and clear over a dialup connection.

What Do You Need to Listen?

You'll need a piece of software capable of playing mp3 files. Examples include WinAmp, RealPlayer, or iTunes. Much of this software is available for download, and it usually sets itself up automatically. A list of links is below. A lot of these programs start on their own when they detect an mp3 audio stream, which is convenient. Setup can be a chore, but then listening is generally easy.

If you don't already have mp3-capable software and you run into setup problems, you're welcome to e-mail us, and we'll try to help. We're not experts at this yet, and we'd like to hear from Web listeners on how your setup is working.

So How Do I Download and Set Up the Software?

Here's a list of links to download the software:

Each application requires a particular computer configuration to work, and each has its own setup routine. If you've never installed software, it can be comforting to have a knowledgeable friend around to help.

Then What?

When your mp3 software is installed and configured, use the Listen Now link at the top of this page to listen. The audio stream will start in a few moments.  Exception:  Windows Media Player ...

Windows Media Player

To use Windows Media Player (WMP) make sure you have a recent version by choosing "Help/About Windows Media Player."  It must be version 9 or greater.  If not, choose "Help/Check for Player Updates."  Follow the instructions step-by-step to update your WMP to the latest version.

The other MOST IMPORTANT thing with Windows Media Player is that unfortunately you have to manually enter the URL for the stream to listen. Microsoft does not want to support WinAmp’s “Shoutcast" streams in hopes that their formats become standard since Windows Media Player is pre-installed on most every computer running any version of Windows.

NOTE:  In the following instructions, it may be necessary to first press the ALT key to be able to see the File command, as the line of available commands is often suppressed.

To manually play the TRRS stream, COPY the WMP TRRS LINK (right click it and select Copy Shortcut), select the WMP menu option "File", choose "Open URL", then PASTE in the link you just copied and press OK.  When you see the Buffering message, click the Play icon.

To avoid entering the URL each time you want to connect, select the menu option “File”, then choose “Save Now Playing List As…”, enter a File name, such as TRRS.  From now on you can just select the TRRS "station" from the list of Playlists presented.  Once clicked, though, you'll find playing will begin faster if you also click the Play icon.

For More Info...

To ask about streaming audio, please call 919-832-5138, or e-mail us.