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CBC Radio streaming Ogg Vorbis
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I was pleased to notice a moment ago that the CBC is now making its radio streams available in Ogg Vorbis format:

Radio OneRadio Two

Both streams are from Toronto, so the schedule is in Eastern time. They invite listeners to contact CBC Audience Relations with any suggestions or comments. I've dropped them a line noting that I appreciate having the Ogg feeds around; if you find them up your alley I'd encourage you to do the same.

On the subject of CBC and Internet radio, you might also like CBC Radio 3, the CBC's flash-based Internet-only stream of Canadian indie music.

Also nice: for those not using their Ogg streams (or if the Ogg streams are not working, which seems to be the case for Radio 2 at this moment), they note on their main streaming page that they test their standard (Windows Media) streams in mplayer to make sure that they're accessible from Unix. Nice.

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Yeah, you should have seen the angry letter I fired off wheN they made the change...found out the reason my mplayer wasn't working was because of a use flag in Gentoo I hadn't found out about, preventing my mplayer from playing anything but local files...

Of course, I've solved my local problem, but ogg is a Good Thing.

accomplishments of pestering

There was a post to OCLUG regarding that, which prompted many OCLUG members to write and complain. I could play the streams just fine, thanks to win32 codecs, but it's unclear as to whether that's legal, at least in the U.S., thanks to the DMCA.

Ogg is a much better choice, and I was surprised to see them recommending mplayer and Xine. We're getting there slowly.

Re: accomplishments of pestering

two years later and CBC still doesn't broadcast radio 2 as Ogg.I just joined the Unix/Linux club,and can't get my version of Player (1.07) to decode the asx files from CBC radio 2.Is this still possible?

Re: accomplishments of pestering

It was come and go for a while but I see it's no longer Temporarily Down. That's too bad. As for the asx file, "mplayer -playlist" works fine for me, and they point to mms://wm.cbc.ca/cbcr2-toronto.

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