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Windows 7: Use Winamp or other player for streaming in Win7

03 Oct 2014   #1
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Use Winamp or other player for streaming in Win7

In old Win XP I had regularly used specific players such as WinAmp for m3u files to stream news broadcasts from websites.

And I've seen a similar Folder Options routine in Win7.

But the peculiar thing that happens regardless of how I specifiy a player in Win7 is a black open browser window with a miniature icon for VLC embedded in the center. The VLC player will display and work normally for audio. But since it is in a browser window it is not possible to navigate away without closing the stream.

Using Winamp allows streaming while navigating other websites.

How is this resolved in Win7? Please be specific in the manner of a series of steps.

If some sort of re-installation of VLC is necessary I can do that. I used the VLC option to make it the primary player to _get rid of_ Windows Media Player displaying it's icons on _everything_ which is completely annoying. I never want to see one again.

There should be a compromise and setup possible to select a player for a file type individually.


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03 Oct 2014   #2
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

I just installed VLC and made only one change, Unchecked the Web things, one for Firefox and the other ActiveX for Internet Explorer. It does not open as a Web page, as you can see in this image it has its own window.

If you don't like black you can go to http://www.videolan.org/vlc/skins.php to get more skins.


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04 Oct 2014   #3
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I don't need any skins.

Thanks for answering but where is all this stuff happening during setup? There are umpteen check boxes to go through the manual way and, as noted-- no Windows Media Player leftovers should remain. The only way I got rid of WMP icons was to let VLC take over completely which wasn't even a good solution.

I also use Foobar 2000 for some things.
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06 Oct 2014   #4
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Are you sure vlc is the only program set to associate with m3u files? Can you link a file in question that would open not vlc but a stream in the browser instead?
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06 Oct 2014   #5
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

m3u files are pretty rare and there seems to be some confusion (for me) when loading a news stream marked as an mp3 download which displays as m3u. If there is interest these are all Pacifica radio content. Plus some Democracy Now.

I make this reference because that is about the only problem area and the only news I use. How do I make such a test with these limited sources?

I have no idea what other prog. might be associated because this Win7 is a new install made from scratch
except for adding in bookmarks to Firefox using Mozbackup. I have no idea if that is related.

I will take another look. But I have looked at the folder options, found the m3u etc made the file association and still get the effect described originally.
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06 Oct 2014   #6
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Progress.

The problem was not in Win7 but the Firefox browser.
Under Options > Applications in FFx I looked for the file types such as m3u and mp3 then used the options box to change. Many of these boxes have 'use VLC web plugin' showing. I do not know how this option becomes the default unless just my ignorance during setup.

If anyone knows the _exact_ options to specify for a specific player that would be better. I changed
all of them that looked relevant. Also settled on Foobar 2000 for this instead of Winamp for now.
Winamp was issuing an error saying couldn't find target output or something. That might be an install issue at (x86) programs or 64 bit programs. That I don't know.

I will mark solved after a bit of additional testing.
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06 Oct 2014   #7
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yeah uninstall vlc and reinstall it choose custom install and don't install the web plugins if you don't want it to run things in the browser but in vlc's own window. I dont have that part installed and by I went here http://kpft.org:8000/status.xsl and downloaded one of the files for m3u and it wanted to default play in wmp. it works if you open it it for vlc though defiantly.
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06 Oct 2014   #8
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Ok I will try the re-install.

Right now, my chosen player opens for the radio site home, but at the separate Democracy Now news site
it opens a player in the Firefox window.

I suppose I could dodge the problem by just using KPFK (home of the network) all the time
but there are news followups at DN which would still manifest the problem.

The option is called "download mp3" and I don't know if that means one of the numerous options in Firefox which I cannot identify.

FYI I never could understand much of Mozilla help site/ Mozillazine at all. That's why I'm pursuing it here.

Win7 search works better the more I use it. The folder options were found just by typing folder--a big improvement.
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06 Oct 2014   #9
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by loninappleton View Post
Ok I will try the re-install.

Right now, my chosen player opens for the radio site home, but at the separate Democracy Now news site
it opens a player in the Firefox window.

I suppose I could dodge the problem by just using KPFK (home of the network) all the time
but there are news followups at DN which would still manifest the problem.

The option is called "download mp3" and I don't know if that means one of the numerous options in Firefox which I cannot identify.

FYI I never could understand much of Mozilla help site/ Mozillazine at all. That's why I'm pursuing it here.

Win7 search works better the more I use it. The folder options were found just by typing folder--a big improvement.
Can you link the page with the download so I can see how its formatted to better answer your questions.
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06 Oct 2014   #10
loninappleton

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Here is the standard form:

Listen/Watch Today?s Show | Democracy Now!

On it, I select to Listen
click on

mp3 download

in the box
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