@wunschradio:> Any news on this yet?
> Will you also be compatible with Icecast AACplusV2 streams?
@drfink> I also love to see that the new Audio activity (or Radio activity) displays the current id3 tag: artist, song title, and the cover!
Playlist - an .m3u, .pls, or .asx file containing links to individual audio tracksSHOUTcast Playlist - an .m3u, .pls, or .asx file containing links to SHOUTcast/Icecast server streamsSHOUTcast Stream - a direct link to a SHOUTcast/Icecast server stream
At the moment it looks like we will be adding ringtone support to the existing Audio activity, but the new Radio activity (with playlist + SHOUTcast server support) is probably
going to be a premium feature.
Will you also be compatible with Icecast AACplusV2 streams?
Incidentally the docs describe it as being available since API 10 (Android 2.3.3) but after examining the Android source code and testing it on a few older devices, I determined that it was actually available in older versions of the OS.
The reason we aren't extracting album covers from individual tracks has more to do with a cost/benefit analysis based on the time it would take to implement it (adding multiple layouts, thumbnails, etc.) vs. the number of people it would affect. There don't seem to be many files out there with embedded artwork.
That isn't to say we won't consider adding it in the future. If you think we should add support for embedded pictures, add a question for it to our Google moderator page.
Will the streaming audio activity support custom http pls or ogg formats, or will it be shoutcast only.
The two SHOUTcast options basically just control whether the app will poll for SHOUTcast metadata.
Although it doesn't explicitly say so, the Playlist setting actually does support individual tracks, so you could specify a link to a single MP3, OGG, WAV, etc. although I'm not sure why you'd want to.
It will also support some RSS 2.0 feeds (e.g. iTunes podcasts) although we're adding a Podcast activity that is more appropriate for those.
As for the files referenced from the playlists, it supports any audio format that is supported by the device -- MP3, OGG, AAC, etc. depending on the version of Android on the user's phone or tablet.
Well, in times of itunes and other music online stores the listeners are accustomed to see covers from individual tracks, even in online radios.
I hope and wish you will change your opinion and offer this feature!
The getEmbeddedPicture method does not apply to online radio streams; SHOUTcast does not use ID3 tags at all. We use different methods to get the current track, etc. for streaming audio, and the information provided is very sparse.
(There also happens to be a bug with MediaMetadataRetriever on Android 4.x that can prevent it from actually working for remote audio files, although as I mention above that class only applies to static audio files, not streaming radio.)
There is a way to provide links to image files in one of the newer SHOUTcast XML metadata formats, but (a) I've never seen it actually used, and (b) that data is only available using the server administrator's password, which would be unwise to transmit from an app.
It's something I will continue to investigate whenever I can, but I don't want you to have any false hopes about the likelihood of image extraction.
I agree it would be a nice feature if it were possible though.
There are some other approaches I might try at some point, but as I can't make any promises I wouldn't want that to influence your purchasing decision at all.