Sippin' the Coolaide: Apple Music and Streaming Radio - How to Save a Station to Play Later
Are you here to find a way to play and favorite a radio stream? Feel free to scroll down to the TL;DR section below.
Recently I bought a very nice Apple laptop from a friend. I haven't used Macintosh for my personal computer for about 15 years. All-in-all I've been really happy with windows. But a really good deal on an m1 laptop brought me over to the dark side. Unadulterated Apple looks better than Windows, both inside and out. But once you buy all the adapters for the outside so you can plug in your printers, scanners, drives, card readers Apple is messy as f*@k! The same is true on the inside. Apple is constantly trying to push users into whatever else they're selling. I've been enjoying using the Music app that replaced iTunes. But both the choices for streaming radio stations were far and few between and poorly organized, and when I found one I wanted to come back to there was no way to add it to favorites. The only option was to share (to an Apple stream address, of course!)
So I figured out a tedious work around.
(for you TL;DR folks, here goes)
- Open up Firefox (download it if you ain't got it, duh!)
- Go to URL: https://streamurl.link/ (or anywhere you can find streaming radio URLs)
- Search for your favorite station and get the URL
- Paste that URL in your omnibox
- If that URL is a m3u, you'll be asked if you want to open in Music, or save. Hit save
- If that URL is a mp3, it will start playing. Then click and hold on the little lock icon to the left of the URL and omnibox, then drag to your desktop (or somewhere else you can find it)
- Make a playlist in Music, and drag the tiny files you just saved from Firefox into it.
- If you want to rename the files (sometimes they don't display as to what station they are,) right click on the item in Music and rename