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TuneIn starts restricting international stations in the UK after major labels legal win
Lisa Miles
1257 Posts
Just in case, like me, you're wondering why you can't stream any non UK internet radio stations via the TuneIn app through your Sonos system anymore... 😭
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Andy Millar
1799 Posts
Whilst at the other extreme I found myself listening to Radio 4 on Long Wave last weekend as I couldn't pick up a decent FM signal in the car! Good to know that a valve transmitter that was second hand when it was installed 60 years ago in Droitwich is still working when all else fails 😂 
Andy Millar
1799 Posts
Ah...just found out I'm wrong (we think), looks like there were some new-fangled transmitters put in in 1985 just after I left the BBC 😉 Only 35 years old, that's pretty much fresh out of the box...
Simon Barker
731 Posts
Meanwhile my DAB reception of Radio 4 cracks up if it rains a bit too hard.  There's a technology that didn't need inventing.
Andy C
16 Posts
Simon Barker:
Meanwhile my DAB reception of Radio 4 cracks up if it rains a bit too hard.  There's a technology that didn't need inventing.

When it was first rolled out DAB was touted as being CD quality. Unfortunately, the UK has stuck with the DAB system rather than DAB+ -which appears to be the norm in several european countries- and is poorer quality. Aside from the usual digital problems such as audio hiccups when the signal strength drops or you're in a fringe reception area, I have also noticed a number of DAB stations are now broadcasting in mono and sampling rates appear to have dropped. Certainly not what we were promised all those years ago!

Andy C
16 Posts
Having deleted TuneIn since my listening choice has now been severely curtailed, I can recommend Radiodroid and TuneYou. There are bound to be others available but these have allowed me to continue listening to my favourite foreign/specialist stations.
Lisa Miles
1257 Posts
Thanks Andy C‍ 

I mainly listen to internet radio via my Sonos system at home so I've been able to add additional radio services such as radio.com and mytuner radio and found some of my favourite non-uk stations on those instead. Such as shame as I loved TuneIn though and have been using it for years!

I haven't listened to a UK station for about 15 years now, ever since I got my first internet radio and started listening to BondiFM and ABC Darwin in Australia... 😊 🏖 

 
Andy C
16 Posts
Andy C:
Simon Barker:
Meanwhile my DAB reception of Radio 4 cracks up if it rains a bit too hard.  There's a technology that didn't need inventing.

When it was first rolled out DAB was touted as being CD quality. Unfortunately, the UK has stuck with the DAB system rather than DAB+ -which appears to be the norm in several european countries- and is poorer quality. Aside from the usual digital problems such as audio hiccups when the signal strength drops or you're in a fringe reception area, I have also noticed a number of DAB stations are now broadcasting in mono and sampling rates appear to have dropped. Certainly not what we were promised all those years ago!

Saying that, I've now found out a number of commercial stations have changed or are in the process of changing over to DAB+. Downside is this means my DAB PCI card in my computer will no longer work (as won't most earlier DAB radios). Not sure about DAB car radios but I would assume if they are marketed to europe as well they should be capable of DAB+ reception.
Two things about DAB+: the better error correction plus the more efficient audio compression format should give better reception. I await the results with interest!

mapj1
2444 Posts
Presumably other internet sites are guilty of the same illegal action, and at some time the music owners will come after them as well - you could always buy a real radio instead  - no possibility of network censorship there.
The only problem is the very high limits permitted for radiated emmisions from modern electronics means that finding a place to site the receiving antenna so it is not subject to significant interference is often only possible if you live 'in the sticks'

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Yes, well not particularly melodic, although, from what I believe, a very stable 200 year old method of communication.
I remember having fun with my first DAB radio 'Rooster Booster', I think, and Planet Rock were the first stations to wake up with. That was a mistake, lasted a week and then I changed over to the BBC world service.
Legh
   

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