fetching/playing radio audio

Kenneth W Cochran kwc at TheWorld.com
Fri Nov 7 13:38:45 PST 2003


How can I "play" or otherwise listen to or download articles
from NPR's archive(s)?

Browser is Mozilla 1.5 (mozilla-1.5_1,2)
Mplayer & other ports are up-to-date as of today.

Everything is built from source.

It makes no difference whether or not I have mplayer-plugin installed.

If I click on an article from NPR's website
(http://www.npr.org/), Mozilla downloads a file, named in
the form "nprNNN.wax" where NNN are digits.
Here are the contents of an example of one of those:
$ cat npr9673.wax
<asx version = "3.0">
<title>NPR's Morning Edition - Thursday, November 6, 2003</title>
<abstract>more info at : Morning Edition Web site</abstract>
<moreinfo href="http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/" />

<param name="track" value="13" />
<title>Voyager Nears End of Solar System</title>
<author>NPR's Morning Edition - Thursday, November 6, 2003</author>
<copyright>(c) 2003 NPR</copyright>
<ref href="mms://wm.npr.na-central.speedera.net/wm.npr.na-central/me/20031106_me_13.wma" />


What am I looking at here?
How can I further grok what's going on?

If I try that file (or that URI) with mplayer, it (mplayer)
looks like it's trying to work but it freezes & I have to
ctl-c out of it.

FAQ/doc/RTFM/mailing list archive pointers are quite welcome.



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