As a long time DI.FM listener I remember the days when tuning into streams with Winamp was just how you listened.* Of course as time has gone on VLC has become dominant for streaming media, especially since it is OSS and works on practically every platform.
So, not too long ago DI.FM started changing things and they didn't share stream URLs very freely. But it wasn't hard to find their http://pub#.di.fm (where # is an integer between 1 and ...?) Icecast listings. Paste the link with the mount-point of your choice in VLC or w/e and there you go!
Well the PUBlic listings are still up (minus pub3 ??) but when you tune in you get a canned message about "copyright" this and "PRO account" that...
But hey, I signed up to DI.FM's site. I am a "Free Listener", I hear all the ads, probably don't get the best steam quality, sure. So why can't I just listen on VLC?! ;_;
Well, as it turns out it isn't even as difficult as using your "listener key" or w/e you get when you login to their site. (which is weird because when the site is making all the stream requests it includes your "id/key" as a querystring to the server and even sends all your cookie data along too.)
All the public servers are looking for now is:
- A valid Browser User-Agent
- That http://www.di.fm/ is the referring page
Poor Man's Method (cURL)
- Pipes cURL putput directly to VLC
- I have VLC_BIN as an example for pointing to the VLC app on OSX
- `vlc -` the dash means "read from STDIN"
VLC_BIN=/Applications/VLC.app/Contents/MacOS/VLC curl 'http://pub5.di.fm/di_vocaltrance_aac' \ -H 'Accept: */*' \ -H 'Connection: keep-alive' \ -H 'Referer: http://www.di.fm/' \ -H 'User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2228.0 Safari/537.36' \ -H 'Accept-Language: en-US,en;q=0.8' \ --compressed | $VLC_BIN -
Charles Proxy Method
Suffice to say:
- Get Charles
- Use its Rewrite to:
- Modify the User-Agent Header to be that of a valid browser
- Add the Referrer Header , being DI.FM's URL
- Point VLC to the proxy
- Usually localhost:8888 or something...
- Connect to stream through VLC as usual!
Possible Cheap &(!) Clean Methods
- Tinyproxy - https://tinyproxy.github.io/ might be worth a look