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FIRST: WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO iTUNES RADIO? SECOND: WHAT ALTERNATIVES DO I HAVE?

I love streaming radio stations from iTunes running on my miniMac
(I'm a fan of talk/vintage radio, not music radio);
it has worked flawlessly for years.  But last week the radio-streaming servers
stopped working.  The outage seems to cover most of the country and
Apple support has no official word about what's happened or when
it might come back. (Imagine that?)

Now I have to use a PC to connect to each individual radio
station web site and pick "listen live."  This works, but not nearly as
well as having my 10 favorite radio stations in an iTunes playlist on
the miniMac.  I use the infrared remote to move up and down
the playlist effectively changing stations.  

I miss the convenience of the remote control, a feature that's
not available on the PC. Is there other radio streaming software
that runs on the Mac, uses a playlist for station pre-sets but not
Apple servers, and supports the infrared remote?
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marcin_komCommented:
Just tested it on my machine, 10.7.7 with iTunes 10.6.3, and Radios seem to be playing for me.

Couple of questions:

1. Are you trying to play back radio stations from your playlist, or did you try finding them again in iTune's Radio listing (in case something has changed)?

2. Which version of operating system and iTunes are you running?

Cheers,
Marcin
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carolinadonAuthor Commented:
iTunes 10.6.1 (7)
 Mac mini  OSX  10.5.8

I just moved two stations from the radio list to a new playlist and both work!!!
Thank you!

Now please tell me how to search the radio station list.  The iTunes search box
in the upper right of the screen is inactive.  I can't find a drop-down that says
search or find.  I am looking for "AM 1710 Anticoh OTR" which I know is there
but not in the A's.    Is there a search/find command?

I thought the outage was widespread because when I called iTunes support the tech said she had just noticed the same thing; that she streams radio on her break and she could not get a single station to play.  When I called back 2 days later, the tech said iTunes was experiencing unnamed problems but there was no official word.

Next time instead of re-booting, I'll try re-populating the playlists.

Thank you... this problem is solved (except for the search command).
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marcin_komCommented:
I'm afraid there is no way of searching that I know of.

I went to AM 1710's website and they list where in iTunes their station should appear, but it is missing.

You can manually add their stations as follows:
From the station's website get their address (it is http://lin2.ash.fast-serv.com:9022), and copy it
In iTunes go to Advanced menu
Select Open Stream...
Paste in the above address and click OK

The stream will now start playing.  iTunes also adds it to your library - quick search for 1710 should locate the entry.  You can drag the entry back into your playlist.
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carolinadonAuthor Commented:
It does!!  
The information about "Advanced / Open Stream" is worth a
month of E-E  by itself.  

THANK YOU.
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carolinadonAuthor Commented:
EXPERTS-EXCHANGE COMES THRU AGAIN!

THANKS YOU!
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