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Originally posted June 25 2007 at 18:06 under Web and Computing. 0 Comments. Trackbacks Disabled. Last modified: 25 June 2007 at 18:37

Music Needs An Audio Only Option

Audio, not video, loving
Kasabian at Glastonbury 2007

I’m busy listening to Kasabian’s Glastonbury 2007 performance thanks to the BBC. The thing is the sound is being streamed with video of the performance but I don’t really care about watching. The player is minimised away down in the task tray, I’m just listening. So all this extra data is eating bandwidth for no good reason. I’d just like a link that says “audio only” and gives me just the sound.

Actually, while I think the above makes my point, it’s not strictly the whole truth. While it’s true that I’d minimise the player away when using the BBC’s own embedded player (unlikely given how unwieldy it is) or Media Player Classic for some reason VLC is actually refusing to play the video anyway—but then seems to die completely a short way through too.

Actually I think the VLC problems may be related to the stuttering nature of the stream, which means I’ve actually been a bit naughty with it (ironically in a way that didn’t really work for the video, but audio’s fine). Media Player is still down in the tray though

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