Listen Live!Listen to Americas Country!

Tag: MP3

New, easier listening!

This day and age, everyone wants things RIGHT NOW! Even on the web, people have shortcuts and favorites so they can get where they want to go with as few clicks as possible. We want that for you too! Previously, we’ve had some interesting ways to listen, but none have been automatic and have required some effort and plenty of clicks. Now, you can click on one play button and through the magic of the innernetz, America’s Country will start playing!

The best thing here is that you don’t even need to install a player! If your browser supports Flash, our new player will just launch when the page is loaded! It also will show you album art and recently played song titles. We also have our traditional links if your setup doesn’t support Flash, but like before, you’ll need to use a player like Winamp or iTunes to listen.

Here’s the only drawback: the Flash player will only play our High Quality 128 kb/s MP3 stream. That means, if your on a mobile device or have a slower internet connection, you may not get the best results and hear skipping or not even have the stream start. We’re willing to bet that most of you already can play a HQ stream (since I know most of you listen on that stream already!) and this will just make life easier for you!

Coming soon we hope to have additional Flash players for our lower bandwidth stream and our AAC stream. Meanwhile, enjoy our new instant-gratification enabled Flash player! As before, just click on that nifty graphical play button on the right and a new page will load that will auto-launch the Flash player! EASY!!

If you run into any problems, please contact us at studio@kxrtonline.com or comment here or on Facebook!

Enjoy!
-Timmy

High Quality Listening

Listening Options

We are now offering you three choices for listening to KXRT. There are now options for every situation. Our highest quality streams are the 128 kbps MP3 stream and the 64 kbps AAC+ stream. Both offer CD quality sound (better, we think!) and need a high bandwidth connection to enjoy fully. For home listening, if you have a high-speed or broadband connection, feel free to listen on either of those streams. If you have a sweet new Android or iPhone or something else with at least a 3G connection, you should do fine with either of the AAC+ streams. We offer a 32 kbps stream that will give you great sound with very low network usage. While travelling around town, we recommend sticking with the 32 kbps stream as it provides the most solid connection while your phone moves through differing coverages and really good sound quality!

We don’t recommending listening to the 128 kbps MP3 stream on a mobile device. You will most likely get drop-outs and unreliable performance. Feel free to experiment and see what’s best for your setup and where you are. If you run into trouble, please refer to the How To Listen page, above to solve many issues. If you continue to experience issues, please contact me directly: studio@kxrtonline.com or comment here.

Enjoy!

Station Updates!

Update 1: We’ve changed our low bitrate MP3 stream to a PS-AAC stream at the same bitrate. What this means is that for the same amount of bandwidth, you’ll get almost CD Quality stereo sound! Now that iTunes has finally added support for AAC+ streams, this change could be made. Please update your iTunes to version 9 to enjoy this new quality!

Update 2: This Saturday evening, barring anything major, we will have another airing of Timmy LIVE! It will be at 8:00PM Mountain Time. I will have just returned from a big day at the Utah State Fair and should have some incredible stories to share. I will also have a new Timmy LIVE! Top 5 countdown for you and a new featured artist. I’m looking forward to it!

Thanks for listening to KXRT!

-Timmy

Listen from more places!

We have officially launched our secondary stream! It is perfect for mobile streaming or anywhere you have limited bandwidth. Since we increased our bandwidth on the main stream a few weeks ago, we decided to offer another stream at a lower bandwidth. This stream is also offered in the more universal MP3 format so that most anything can tune in!

Use this direct URL to listen: http://216.83.140.146:8550/listen.pls

We hope you find this stream useful! We are striving to make KXRT more accessible and listenable all the time. Here’s just one more option!

Thanks for listening to KXRT!

-Timmy

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Song Titles – Working!

Lately, we’ve been struggling to get a good, reliable solution to bring you full Artist and Song Title info on the stream. Most recently, we’ve only been able to provide the song title due to some lack of information provided at different points in the chain. Thanks to a great PHP programmer known as Bigue Nique, we are now streaming the full Artist and Title!

There are some small bugs to work out but I think I’ve got a good idea how to fix it. It should be 100% Bueno by this evening.

I am also working our station’s investors (my wife) for funding to purchase a new server. We’ll see if that turns into anything.

Thanks for listening to KXRT: 100% Hits – 100% Fun!
-Timmy

We’re still here!

I wanted to check in with everyone. All is still going wonderfully for KXRT! We are really getting a lot of elements dialed in. With our unique set of challenges, it makes for some difficult trial and error. We had a successful vacation while we were out of town for several days and left the computer all alone. It worked like a champ with no glitches!

We continue to add music and clean up the music we have. I found a CD of great 90’s hits that was in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart for $2.50! It was perfect as I had a number of those songs at poor quality. I found, with the help of a good friend, a great CD ripping tool called Exact Audio Copy or EAC. It uses some great programming to get the most accurate data image copy from the CDs. It also does an amazing job of correcting for scratches and damaged CDs. It’s not incredibly fast, but that is the point, it’s accurate. Plus it integrates directly with LAME’s MP3 codec for high-quality MP3 files. I am slowly re-ripping all my CD collection with this tool. I did this last year with iTunes at 256KB/s. Now I will be using variable bit-rate at q=0 (or highest quality). You’ve already heard some of this as I have added new music and have gradually started this process.

Keep listening to KXRT! We have some great things in the works for 2009. Tell all your friends and relatives about the only place on the planet where you get 100% Hits and 100% Fun! We are KXRT!

-Timmy