Monday, April 27, 2015
BBC iPlayer Radio - for older Androids
We were intended to use the iPlayer radio feature on the BBC website, but I found this unusable - most browsers refused to load an appropriate driver, and when I did find a workable combination, programmes might take 15 attempts to start - or not start at all.
Eventually, I found a way to get near-100% availability, and offer it here. It works on my Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 running Android 2.3.6 - and I hope it will work for you too.
- Check that you have the BBC Media Player app loaded (it won't play stuff directly, but is needed by your browser).
- Use the Opera Mini browser. This comes with appropriate drivers to play the iPlayer Radio streams.
- If a stream refuses to start, go to Settings and look for something like "Maintain Applications". Find the BBC Media Player and delete the data - always 0.95Gb in my case. Now try again.
- If you still can't load the stream, edit the URL. If it ends "#auto", then strip off that bit. If it doesn't have "#auto" at the end, add it. Then try loading again (it might take two attempts).
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