Streaming AIR

Posted on Sun 17 December 2017 in Life • 2 min read

I recently came across the All India Radio online streaming service available at http://allindiaradio.nic.in. This post will talk a bit about how to listen ;)

Streaming links

The direct stream links are below. FM Gold and Vividh Bharati are mostly music based (oldies). FM Gold broadcasts news throughout the day. FM Rainbow is a newer member, it broadcasts english and newer songs, more geared towards the younger generation. Others are language specific channels, they broadcast cultural programmes related to the specific region.

Station URL
FM Gold http://airfmgold-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
Vividh Bharati http://vividhbharati-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
FM Rainbow http://fmrainbow-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Urdu http://airurdu-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
Raagam http://airraagam-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Gujarati http://airgujarati-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Marathi http://airmarathi-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Punjabi http://airpunjabi-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Malayalam http://airmalayalam-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Tamil http://airtamil-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Telugu http://airtelugu-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Kannada http://airkannada-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Bangla http://airbangla-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
Radio Kashmir http://kashmiri-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Odia http://airodiya-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
AIR Assamese http://airassamese-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8
North Eastern Service http://northeastservice-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8

Browsers

On a modern desktop browser, the website works beautifully. I’ve tried with both Chrome and Firefox with great results. Things become interesting once you want to get out of the browser.

Android

AIR has an android app on the play store. The app goes to sleep once the phone sleeps. So the uninterrupted awesomeness goes for a toss. Enter the open source ServeStream app.

Setting up is quite easy. Press the + button and add the url for your favorite station. Enjoy the music!

Terminals

On Linux, the streams work great with both smplayer (if you’re a UI guy), or the good ol’ mpd. Two commands for the win:

> mpc load 'http://vividhbharati-lh.akamaihd.net/i/[email protected]/master.m3u8'
> mpc play

I feel quite nostalgic as I think about my relationship with AIR. I used to wake up with the legendary Ram Charit Manas programme in the mornings. On the days, we had an afternoon off, Vividh Bharati used to be the best friend around. AIR Odia used to be broadcasted on Medium Wave (MW) and Vividh Bharati on Short Wave (SW). Around ~2003ish, the FM Gold service started showing up on our tuner (FM Gold Mumbai used to be relayed through AIR Puri station). They were my companions for a good part of my childhood.

Now even after a decade and half, the beautiful voice of same radio hosts greets and leaves me enthralled. The favorite shows Chhaya Geet, Manchahe Geet, Pitara, Aap ki farmaish continue to delight. Wishing next few decades of companionship with Akashvani.

Namaste!