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Live Streaming Media Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you stream to iOS devices?
Q: How about streaming to Android?
Q: Do you stream to the Chrome OS?
Q: What are the direct links to your media streams?
Q: What is streaming media?
Q: How do live streams work?
Q: What is buffering?
Q: Do the different players (iTunes, QuickTime, Real, WinAMP, Windows Media, etc.) work the same way?
Q: Why are there different formats or codecs?
Q: Why can't I listen to any of the streams with the player of my choice?
Q: Does KEXP stream in stereo or mono?
Q: Why can't I see the artist and song information on my player when listening to the live stream?




Q: Do you stream to iOS devices?
A: KEXP does stream to iOS devices with the official KEXP iOS app! You can find it here on iTunes (link will open iTunes).

Q: How about streaming to Android?
A: KEXP also streams to Android handsets with the official KEXP Android app. You can find it here.

Q: What are the direct links to your media streams? Q: What is streaming media?
A: There are three ways of getting audio and video files (which are usually very large) to the end user:
  1. Download: Download the entire file over the network, save it to the user’s machine, and then play it from local disk.
  2. Progressive download: Download part of the file, and start playing the file as the remainder of the file downloads. The file is saved locally, as if it was downloaded, but playback begins before the download is completed.
  3. Streaming: The file is played over from the network as it gets to the machine; this method never saves the file to the local disk.
Q: How do live streams work?
A: The information isn’t saved anywhere. The server you connect to passes the data along to you as soon as it gets it. Since you can never have an existing file for a live event, streaming is the only delivery method for live material.

Q: What is buffering?
A: A stream is played entirely over the network. Networks do not have 100% throughput 100% of the time so the player’s software tends to store a portion of the stream before playing it; this allows the listener/viewer to experience an uninterrupted, quality stream. Continuous buffering happens when the player’s software cannot successfully store enough of the stream before it plays; lowering the connection speed setting on the player or selecting a lower bit rate would be suggested during events as this.

Q: Do the different players (iTunes, QuickTime, Real, WinAMP, Windows Media, etc.) work the same way?
A: Every streaming system works differently because they are made by different people, but they are largely the same. All provides streaming; some use progressive download while others don’t.

Q: Why are there different formats or codecs?
A: The different formats and codecs (coder / decoder) provide various ways of compressing the audio and video. Some formats and codes are open standards which are created and updated by not-for-profit organizations; these are generally free and used by anyone (user or developer). Others are proprietary which means they are created by companies to be used their products only; specifications are generally kept secret or shared only with corporate partners.

Q: Why can't I listen to any of the streams with the player of my choice?
A: There are two reasons why this cannot be. The first is the codec; the player has to be able to decode the stream and not all players can decode all codecs. The second is the streaming protocol; this is the method that the server uses to get the stream over the network to the your player. Some protocols are proprietary while others are open standards. Unfortunately, the companies can’t all agree on which protocol to use so most players tend to select one or two protocols and not any of the others.

Q: Does KEXP stream in stereo or mono?
A: The 64k AAC+, and 128kbps mp3 are in stereo. The 32K mp3 stream is in mono.

Q: Why can't I see the artist and song information on my player when listening to the live stream?
A: Our AAC+ and mp3 streams do feature embedded plays. They may be delayed from the actual song you're hearing depending on how fast the DJ is inputing the song, but you should see something.

Q: Do you stream to the Chrome OS?
A few solutions can help you stream to the Chrome OS:

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