CBC Radio Stream URLs

Recently CBC revamped its music streams again and the old URLs don’t work. Why would they do this? Well, they want people to listen using the website or official app, or via platforms they have agreements with, like Google Home and Alexa.

Personally, I think this is bullshit. I like listening to music while on the computer, but I’m not opening a whole-ass modern web browser, on top of whatever else I have open, for a simple audio stream. And if I’m using headphones with my phone or an actual physical radio, how am I supposed to hear sounds on my computer? So, after some helpful tips from more techy folks on Mastodon, I threw together this playlist with all the local CBC Radio 1 and CBC Music streams available at CBC Listen. Details below the fold.

How to use it:

  • Save the raw file to your computer.
  • Optionally, first open the file in a text editor and delete the stations you don’t want.
  • Open the file with your preferred web radio application of choice, like VLC.
  • Pick your preferred radio station. “CBC Music” is, of course, what used to be Radio 2.

Personally, I like VLC’s ncurses interface, so I added this to my .bash_aliases file: alias cbcradio='vlc -I ncurses ~/Music/cbc.m3u'. Typing cbcradio into my terminal app results in this:

A playlist opened in VLC's text-based interface.
It’s lightweight. Shut up.

To do:

I don’t know how to get the proper streaming URL for individual shows/podcasts and playlists. If anyone does, please let me know!

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