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Is a stream or archive not working? Try some of the tips below, and if nothing works, please contact our Stream Team!

News and Updates

As of July 13, 2009, WFMU's Freeform programs will are no longer archived in the Realaudio format. Realaudio archives from before that date will remain available, but new archives will be available only as stereo MP3s and via our pop-up player (stereo MP4, or AAC+ format). JM in the AM archives will continue to be available in Realaudio as well as MP3.

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Live Streams Information

Broadband Users

  • MP3 Stream (128 K Stereo): Best sound quality, requires most bandwidth

    Recommended players: Winamp (PC only) | iTunes (Mac or PC) | VLC Player (Mac or PC)

  • Pop-up Stream: Good sound quality (128K MP3 Stereo) Must be played inside your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc) as a pop-up window.

  • AAC+ (48 K Stereo): Good sound quality, less bandwidth needed
    Recommended players: Winamp (PC only) | VLC Player (Mac or PC)

  • Ogg Vorbis Stream (48 K Mono): Good sound quality, less bandwidth needed Recommended players: VLC Player (Mac or PC)

  • MP3 Stream (32 K Mono): Decent sound quality, less bandwidth needed Recommended players: Winamp (PC only) | iTunes (Mac or PC) | VLC Player (Mac or PC)

Dial Up Users
  • Windows Media Stream (20 K Mono): We recommend using Winamp (but Windows Media Player will also work)

  • Real Audio Stream (20 K Mono): We recommend using VLC Player (Mac or PC)
Mobile / Iphone Users
  • Information about listening to WFMU on your Mobile device and our iPhone app can be found on our mobile page.

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Listening to Archives

Archives (for broadband users)

  • MP3 (128K Stereo): Best sound quality, requires most bandwidth
    Recommended players: Winamp (PC only) | iTunes (Mac or PC) | VLC Player (Mac or PC)

  • Note: MP3 archives are only available for four weeks, Pop-Up archives are available longer.

  • Pop-Up Player: Good sound quality, requires less bandwidth (64K AAC+ Stereo) Must be played inside your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc) as a pop-up window, be sure to have a current version of Flash installed.

Archives (for dial-up users)
  • Real Audio (20 K Mono): We recommend using VLC Player (Mac or PC) for our real audio archives. Note that WFMU archives prior to July 12, 2009 are available in Real Audio, but all archives from July 12, 2009 onward are not offered in a format that can be played over a dial-up connection.
Podcasts
  • See our podcast page for a listing of WFMU podcasts that are currently available along with information on how to subscribe.

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Troubleshooting

Problems Listening at Work

Often times corporate networks will block streaming audio or prevent listeners from installing audio software on work PCs. We recommend trying the Flash player for listening to live streams and our flash based pop-up player for listening to archives. Both require no additional software to be installed on your computer and are designed to stream over ports commonly left open by companies.

Live + Archive Pop-up Player Problems

Please make sure your browser allows pop-ups from the wfmu.org website. If you have problems hearing audio please install the latest version of flash player.

Tips for Improving Real Player 10 Connections

Real Player 10 doesn't always recognize DSL/Cable connections as being active. The connection to WFMU's live and archive Real streams will time out. In order to fix this issue, listeners need to:

1) Open your copy of Realplayer

2) Select Tools and then select Preferences

3) Underneath Category, click on the "Connection" in the left pane.

4) Select the "Assume I am online" choice underneath Online Status.

5) Ok the selecion to make active.

6) Close Real player and reconnect to the Real stream.

Tips for Improving Windows Media Player Performance

1) In Windows Media Player select the Tools Menu and select "Options".

2) Click on the "Network" tab. Uncheck the first three protocols so only "HTTP is checked".

3) Click on the "Performance" tab located towards the top of the Options screen.

4) Under Network Buffer, click on the "Buffer" radio button and change the value to 20 seconds. Click OK.

5) Close Windows Media player and reconnect to the stream.

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Get in Touch

If all else fails drop a line to our Stream Team!