Internet radio streams

I was a late holdout for upgrading Roon to 2.0, and it took Harman's intervention to get Roon to fix the broken (whoops, it was a feature) requirement for requiring Internet 24/7. I rarely looked at the radio feature in Roon since I rarely listen to Internet radio. But I saw that it now takes "any" URL for a stream.

So lucky me, I dug through some source code and found the URL for one of my favorite stations I've had to play via the site's own player: Salsa Warriors. It's not available on TuneIn, but that doesn't matter now. The stream URL:

https://usa7.fastcast4u.com/proxy/salsawarrior?mp=/1

It even pulls in the artist/song/album data...I figured it was a crap shoot that it would work, but it does.

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And it has settled in at MP3 128kbps...

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I'm not sure if the web players on their site limit things, but it does sound less garbled through Roon. I have a feeling the overhead of the web player was partly responsible, and was coming in at a lower bitrate.

They have live DJs throughout the week, although not full time, and they are fueled partly by donations.
 
But SomaFm is still kicking’ it with GrooveSalad and DroneZone.

About the Music on Groove Salad Classic:​

A re-creation of the first few years (early 2000s) of SomaFM's Groove Salad. Downtempo and chillout electronica featuring artists such as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Fila Brazila, dZihan and Kamien, Afterlife, Zero Seven, Nightmares On Wax, Shantel, Groove Armada and artists on Pork Recordings, Waveform Records and Cafe del Mar recordings.


True, it's just too bad they don't use a higher quality stream.
 
I rarely looked at the radio feature in Roon since I rarely listen to Internet radio. But I saw that it now takes "any" URL for a stream.

I've had Roon 4 years now and been able to load streaming stations since I started. Still a bit wonky, but better than it used to be. Searching for a station on their list of stations is useless. It searches your library, and services never their list of stations. You have stroll through their sections and categories. Think they recently added the ability to remove a station once you loaded it. Just recently went back through and cleaned up my list of stations.
 
I've had Roon 4 years now and been able to load streaming stations since I started. Still a bit wonky, but better than it used to be.
I rarely used the radio feature, so I am thinking I have overlooked it all these years. 👍

It's nice because it solves a problem I had where I wanted to send the stream for Salsa Warriors to different devices in the house, but couldn't always use a web browser to get there.
 
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