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I've recently become interested in Internet Radio, and have found a few stations that I would like to add in Banshee.

Examples are the stations shown at - but the only one I can add in Banshee is the 'Metal Masters' one. I tried getting the URLs for all of them from 'Listen Now' -> one of the radios -> 'MP3 Streams' -> '128k Cable/DSL', but for some reason the only one that Banshee can figure out is the Metal Masters one.

I suspect that it may be because the other stations have 'mirrors' in the .pls files. Is Banshee incapable of handling that? Or is the problem something else?

Please help - it seems a lot of Internet Radio Stations use .pls files, and I would be surprised to learn that Banshee can't handle them.

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See this question: – dAnjou Jun 23 '11 at 15:55

I'm using Banshee 2.2.0.

The only way i find to save a station is:

  1. Go to Media>Open Location from the menu or press Ctrl+L
  2. Select the .pls file you want to import and click 'Open'
  3. Ctrl+C on location of .pls file (with the file://....)
  4. Click on Radio and Add Station
  5. On URL location, Ctrl+V the location of .pls file.
  6. Station save :)
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Nice workaround. Thanks. – iKindred Mar 11 '13 at 23:44

From banshee as of version 1.2:

Playlist Importing (.pls, .m3u)
Import your carefully created .m3u and .pls playlists.

So yes it can import .pls and mirrors are a normal part of a pls file.

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...then why can't I add the abovementioned radio stations in Banshee? They simply won't play in Banshee - only the one called 'Metal Masters' will – user14040 May 16 '11 at 17:39
I can't find this option – Jader Dias Jun 12 '11 at 17:42

YES, Banshee can play internet radio from .pls files !

Maybe this will work for you as it just worked for me.

Open the *.pls file with a text editor and select one of the URL's written there.

In my case, I downloaded a file called "list.pls" from; I opened it with gedit and just copied in Banshee the first of sixteen URL's written there (write the URL in "Stream URL" in "Add new radio station").

It is working OK since I added it; I just double click the added radio station every time I want to listen the selected Internet radio station.


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I also run Banshee (v 2.0.0) and im able to add individual URL's of internet radio's and play them but when I import a .pls playlist containing mirrors of streaming servers, it doesn't work.

The only way I have managed to play the radio stations from the playlist by opening the playlist as a location.

  • Go to MediaOpen Location from the menu or press Ctrl + L
  • Select the .pls file you want to import and click Open

The station starts to play automatically but I haven't been able to save the playlist or even view from which server its currently streaming from. Oh I miss Amarok 1.4. It used to do this in its sleep.

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