Thursday, May 29, 2008

Listen to Internet radio stations in Google Talk


GTalk2VoIP is a free and open voice gateway for major Instant Messenger clients that offers voice interoperability between Google Talk, MSN/Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and SIP phones without any additional software installation. In essence GTalk2VoIP turns any instant messenger into a VoIP client. Another interesting service of GTalk2VoIP is the availability of a number of FM channels which can be played right within GoogleTalk.

To listen to Internet radio stations in GTalk, do the following:

  1. Sign in to GoogleTalk and add this ID to your buddy list
  2. Click on this ID and type RADIO in the chat window and press ENTER to get the list of available radio stations along with the station ID
  3. Now type RADIO followed by the numerical ID and press ENTER.
  4. This will place a call to this ID. You have to click ANSWER to start playing the channel. If it disconnects, which often happens the moment you connect, reconnect again.

For example, typing RADIO 106 will start playing - The Mix Channel.

Here is the complete list of radio channels available in GTalk2VoIP

100 - Classic Country Music from Heartland Public Radio []
101 - Cowboy Cultural Society Radio - an American tradition since 2002 []
102 - Atlantic Sound Factory - ASF Radio []
103 - 100.7 Jack FM, San Diego []
104 - 102.7 FM The Fringe []
105 - - The Buzz (Your Alternative Station!) []
106 - - The Mix Channel (70s, 80s, 90s and Today's Best Music) []
107 - - The Eagle (Your Home For REAL Classic Rock!) []
108 - .977 The 80s Channel []
109 - 1.FM - Channel X []
201 - KCRW World News []
202 - Sporting News Radio []
203 - KPFK - Southern California's 90.7 FM News, Talk & Music []
204 - WBUR 90.9 FM, Boston's NPR News Station []

You can also add a specific station to your contact list to avoid issuing the RADIO command each time you want to listen to a channel. To do this add to your contact list where ID is the ID of the channel. Now whenever you see this contact turning green you can connect and listen to it.

Sounds great, isn't it? Actually, no. Maybe this idea sounds great but the radio doesn't. It sounds like it's playing through the telephone. Besides, whichever station I chose, all were playing the same song and that too for the last half an hour! Well, try it and see if you can get it to play something else.


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