Playing BBC streams in Winamp (Windows)

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Jun 042009
This post updated 23 March 2010
  • Install Winamp
  • Install Tara plugin. Ensure “Process audio though Winamp” is unchecked in Preferences | Plug-ins | Input | Tara Audio Video Plugin. [Test: Is this still needed?]
  • Install Real Alternative
  • If your primary sound driver changes, e.g. you plug your laptop into and external sound card, I have found that you may need to reconfigure the driver in Preferences | Plug-ins | Output | Nullsoft DirectSound Output | Device & select the sound driver from the first drop down.
  • Open the BBC Player and select the show you are interested in
  • Hover over the show and right click to copy the link address, it is in the form<Programme ID>/<stream name>


      • Put the <Programme ID> into the superb iPlayer PID Convertor to give you the BBC .ram
      • If you wish to organise your bookmarks, e.g. have the above under a BBC category, I recommend ML Bookmark Categoriser. Bookmarks that are shown in the Bookmarks view in the Media Library are stored in the %Appdata%\Winamp\ file. You can open that file in Notepad and copy+paste the contents into another file.
      • Listening to streams, especially the above 2 hour BBC shows, might not be convenient in one sitting. You can use the Amarok plugin to bookmark the position in the stream – indeed multiple positions of desired.