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How to Listen to our Streaming Audio Feeds

1) How to listen to Krishna.com live sound on your computer

(For smart phones, smart TVs, and other smart devices, scroll down to #2.)

Streaming audio links on Krishna.com use the ".m3u" or ".pls" file extension. This is a playlist file format and contains an embedded link to one or more mp3 audio files. You may need to install a free program to play them, such as Winamp, iTunes or VLC. Some versions of Windows Media Player support these streaming audio files. (WMP comes pre-installed on all computers with Microsoft operating systems.)

Older versions of Windows Media Player 7 through 10 on the PC, as well as Winamp, iTunes and VLC on either PC or Mac, play ".m3u" or ".pls" files. After you've installed the software, when you go back to Krishna.com and click on on the "listen" link , you may get a download prompt asking you what you want to do with that file, open or save it? In that case, select "Open with..." and choose your music player software.

Newer versions of Windows Media Player 11, 12 and up no longer support .pls or .m3u playlist files. While we continue to search for a workaround for this issue, please use one of the supported streaming audio players such as Winamp, iTunes or VLC.

When Things Don't Work

If you've tried all of the above, and nothing seems to work, try this:

1) Right-click on the live stream link and download it to your desktop.

2) Open the file with notepad or a simple text editor to see the live audio stream URL.

The URL may look similar to this example:

http://69.47.23.22:8086

or:

http://anirudhk.primcast.com:5210

3) Copy the URL and paste it into your audio player's equivalent of "Open URL" menu item, where you can listen to a live Internet audio stream. Sometimes it will say "Stream URL" in the menu choices.

For example, in older versions of Windows Media Player (versions 7 through 10), right-click on the little triangle next to "Now Playing" and then click on "File / Open URL..."

In iTunes, go to "Advanced / Open Stream..."

Still can't get it to work?

Consider installing Winamp, which was made for live audio streaming, or an audio player called VLC. Both work on all platforms including PC, Mac, Linux.

http://www.winamp.com/

or:

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Known Issues

Certain iTunes on Mac release versions don't automatically open ".m3u" files as of this writing. Drag and drop the ".m3u" file icon from your desktop to the iTunes playlist window. Once it's in your playlist, double click the stream the next time you open iTunes and it will start playing the live stream.


2. How to listen to live sound on your smart devices

Krishna.com's Alachua Temple Live audio stream is considered an Internet radio station. There are apps for listening to "Internet radio" on smart devices, which include iPhones, Androids, Smart TVs, network streaming radio tuners, AV receivers, bedside alarm clock radios and similar devices. Krishna.com uses a standard streaming audio format that is compatible with most devices that play Internet radio. You'll just need to find out if your device already has an Internet radio app installed, or if you can install one. Check out this sample list of devices that support the vTuner app, for example, to give you an idea of the variety of gadgets that now allow you to stream Krishna.com live sound throughout your home or car.

If you have an iOS or Android device, you have a choice of apps for listening to Internet radio stations, such as TuneIn Radio Pro, TuneIn Radio (free), vTuner, SHOUTcast. Our preference is TuneIn Radio Pro, which works great, automatically reconnects you if you get disconnected, and is ad-free (if you pay the nominal fee for the app, which is about $3.)

Most of these apps work in a similar fashion. After downloading the app, open it, and locate the search feature. Search for "Alachua Temple Live" and you should find us. Click on the station (stream) and listen. If you get live sound after hours, there'll be a hissing "white noise" when there is nothing going on in the temple room. That's good. That means it works. Press the stop button (unless you care to listen to white noise), and save the station as a favorite so you can find it easily the next time you turn on the app.

If you have a different brand of smart phone or tablet, such as Kindle Fire, Nokia, Blackberry, Windows mobile OS, etc... do search for the same apps (TuneIn, vTuner, SHOUTcast...) or any that play Internet radio and let you search for your own independent radio stations.

Apps that do not work: Pandora, Spotify, Slacker and similar apps, which are Internet Radio stations in and of themselves, jukeboxes that play only commercially published content. They are not portals that allow you to access other independent Internet radio stations through their apps. So no, unfortunately those common apps won't help you get Krishna.com live sound.

Smart TVs: You can now listen to Krishna.com live sound on your Smart TV. All smart TV brands except SHARP (as of March, 2014) feature at least one app (sometimes called channel) that allows you to play independent Internet radio stations. vTuner is the most common. TuneIn Radio is available on some, SHOUTcast on others.

vTuner: Samsung, Philips, LG, Sony, Toshiba
TuneIn Radio: Vizio, Panasonic, Toshiba
SHOUTcast: Panasonic, Toshiba

Next generation Smart TVs (like Toshiba) that use the Android operating system will give you the freedom of choosing from hundreds (thousands) of apps, instead of the limited handful that come standard with Smart TVs as of 2014.

AV receivers / tuners - If you've recently upgraded your home theater AV receiver, you may be able to stream Krishna.com live sound with either Reciva or vTuner apps, depending on your receiver model and the apps it supports. See, for example, this line-up of Yamaha AV receivers that feature automatic Internet streaming radio via wired or wireless connection to your broadband modem.

Krishna.com radio in your car! - Next generation cars from Ford and Chevrolet come with built-in Internet streaming radio, including the vTuner app, and you know what that means. They're bonafide! You can now listen to Krishna.com Alachua Temple Live radio while driving for work or pleasure.

In closing, a word about YouTube. Change is in the air. YouTube now allows anyone to stream live video from their YouTube (Google+) account. YouTube apps are ubiquitous, on all smart TVs, smart phones, smart tablets... because the marketers get it. You want to watch YouTube content. And they can monetize on that with ads.

Krishna.com is experimenting with streaming live video on YouTube. As of March, 2014, we can stream up to 2 hours per event live, which is instantly available as a recorded video at the end of each live broadcast. There is currently no way to have an "always on, always live" channel on YouTube. But do look us up. If you have a smart device (TV) with a YouTube app / channel, go ahead and look for Krishna.com. You can get to our channel directly by entering the following URL:

https://www.youtube.com/user/realkrishnadotcom

There you'll see our archive of published live events, as well as hundreds of other videos we're uploading on Krishna conscious content.

This is a "white paper" on an evolving topic. If you've noticed something new and cool that we should mention here, please let us know.