Jim Turner

NAME

Tunein::Streams - Fetch actual raw streamable URLs from radio-station websites on Tunein.com

AUTHOR

This module is Copyright (C) 2017 by

Jim Turner, <turnerjw784 at yahoo.com>

Email: turnerjw784@yahoo.com

All rights reserved.

You may distribute this module under the terms of either the GNU General Public License or the Artistic License, as specified in the Perl README file.

SYNOPSIS

        use strict;

        use Tunein::Streams;

        my $station = new Tunein::Streams(<url>);

        die "Invalid URL or no streams found!\n"  unless ($station);

        my @streams = $station->get();

        my $first = $station->get();

        my $best = $station->getBest();

        print "Best stream URL=".$best->{'Url'}."\n";

        my $besturl = $station->getBest('Url');

        my $stationTitle = $station->getStationTitle();
        
        print "Best stream URL=$besturl, Title=$stationTitle\n";

        my @allfields = $station->validFields();

        for (my $i=0; $i<$station->count(); $i++) {

                foreach my $field (@allfields) {

                        print "--$field: ".$streams[$i]->{$field}."\n";

                }

        }
        

DESCRIPTION

Tunein::Streams accepts a valid radio station URL on http://tunein.com and returns the urls and other information properties for the actual stream URLs available for that station. The purpose is that one needs one of these URLs in order to have the option to stream the station in one's own choice of audio player software rather than using their web browser and accepting any / all flash, ads, javascript, cookies, trackers, web-bugs, and other crapware that can come with that method of playing. The author uses his own custom all-purpose audio player called "fauxdacious" (his custom hacked version of the open-source "audacious" media player. "fauxdacious" incorporates this module to decode and play tunein.com streams.

One or more streams can be returned for each station. The available properties for each stream returned are normally: Bandwidth, HasPlaylist (1|0), MediaType (ie. MP3, AAC, etc.), Reliability (1-100), StreamId (numeric), Type (ie. Live) and Url.

EXAMPLES

use strict;

        use Tunein::Streams;

        my $kluv = new Tunein::Streams('http://tunein.com/radio/987-KLUV-s33892/');

        die "Invalid URL or no streams found!\n"  unless ($kluv);

        my $besturl = $kluv->getBest('Url');

        my $beststream = $kluv->getBest();

        my @allfields = $kluv->validFields();

        foreach my $field (@allfields) {

                print "--$field: ".$beststream->{$field}."\n";

        }

This would print:

--Bandwidth: 64

--HasPlaylist: 0

--MediaType: Windows

--Reliability: 100

--StreamId: 75549037

--Type: Live

--Url: http://19273.live.streamtheworld.com/KLUVFM_SC

SUBROUTINES/METHODS

new(url)

Accepts a tunein.com URL and creates and returns a new station object, or undef if the URL is not a valid tunein station or no streams are found.

$station->get([property])

Returns either a scalar or array of either values or hash references with an element for each stream url found. If property is specified, then the item(s) returned are scalars containing that property's value, otherwise, the item(s) returned are hash references, each to a hash who's elements represent the names and values for each property of the given stream. If a scalar target is used, the first stream is returned, if an array target is used, all streams are returned.

$station->getBest([property])

Similar to get() except it only returns a single stream representing the "best" stream found. "best" is determined as the one with the best Bandwidth with the best Reliability, if more than one with the same best Bandwidth value. If [property] is specified, only that property value is returned as a scalar. Otherwise, a hash reference to all the properties for that stream is returned.

$station->count()

Returns the number of streams found for the station.

$station->validFields()

Returns an array containing all the valid property names found. This list is normally: (Bandwidth, HasPlaylist, MediaType, Reliability, StreamId, Type, Url). These can be used in the get functions and as the keys in the hash references returned to fetch the corresponding property values.

$station->getStationID()

Returns the station's Tunein ID, for eample, the station: 'http://tunein.com/radio/987-KLUV-s33892/' would return "s33892".

$station->getStationTitle()

Returns the station's title (description). for eample, the station: 'http://tunein.com/radio/987-KLUV-s33892/' would return: "KLUV - Dallas, TX - Listen Online".

$station->getIconURL()

Returns the url for the station's "cover art" icon image.

$station->getImageURL()

Returns the url for the station's Tunein site's banner image.

KEYWORDS

tunein

DEPENDENCIES

LWP::Simple

BUGS

Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-tunein-streams at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=Tunein-Streams. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.

SUPPORT

You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Tunein::Streams

You can also look for information at:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The idea for this module came from a Python script that does this same task named "getstream", but I wanted a Perl module that could be called from within another program! I do not know the author of getstream.py.

LICENSE AND COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2017 Jim Turner.

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