Supported codecs and bitrates

Radioplayer supports a variety of different stream types on our various platforms.

Web-based console

When playing in Flash, the browser player supports:

  • Shoutcast/Icecast MP3,
  • MP4/M4U streams delivered by HTTP (so long as it can be played in Flash)
  • RTMP streams

We accept playlist files too:

  • For HTTP streams: SMIL, ASX, XSPF, PLS, M3U including recursive playlist links
  • For RTMP streams: XSPF and SMIL only

When playing in HTML5, the browser player supports:

  • Shoutcast/Icecast MP3 over HTTP only
  • No playlists, RTMP, MP4 or AAC support

There is no minimum or maximum bitrate for browser-based playback.

Radioplayer recommends: 160kbps MP3 as the most versatile and compatible with multiple devices

Mobile apps

We require stations to provide a stream of under 48k, mp3 or aac for inclusion in the app. In addition, stations can supply a high-bitrate stream for Wi-Fi users.

The app supports:

  • Shoutcast/Icecast MP3
  • AAC delivered by HTTP
  • HLS

We accept the following playlist formals:

  • PLS, M3U8 including recursive playlists

The maximum bitrate for the “low bitrate” compulsory stream is 48kbps.

Radioplayer recommends: 48k aac for the low bitrate stream and 160k mp3 for the high bitrate stream (this could involve re-using the web console stream)

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We’ve put together a handy guide to get you set up quickly in Radioplayer. As you know, the Radioplayer console is a browser-based application which is hosted by your station, so before you begin, you’ll need someone who knows their way around your website and has FTP access.

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