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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I listen to Bassendean Town Radio?

From 26 September 2006 Bassendean Town Radio commenced streaming using aacPlus, the same software used in satelite radio. Unfortunately, while this has improved the quality, it has made it slightly more difficult to access the stream. While we recommend Winamp any of the following four methods will work:

ReadAudio should work but we have been experiencing some problems with it. It is important that whatever option you chose you are running the latest version of the software.

Unfortunately it does not appear that iTunes can currently play aacPlus streams. This is because aacPlus is very different from normal AAC.

Where are you actually streaming from?

Bassendean Town Radio streams 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Bassendean, Perth, Western Australia. Our main signal is broadcast using a Shoutcast server hosted by in the USA. This means that we are broadcasting using a 'listen.pls' file from Our stream is also being rebroadcast by Cyril Jackson Senior Campus on their 87.7 FM transmitter.

I can't listen using Winamp - what's happening?

On 26 September 2006 Bassendean Town Radio discontinued its mp3Pro Shoutcast stream. Unfortunately the mp3PRO audio decoder plugin provided Thomson (and previously included on our software disc) turns out to be a badly behaved piece of software that prevents you from listening to an aacPlus stream. To listen you must delete the following file from your Winamp Plugin directory: in_mp3pro.dll.

I can't listen using Windows Media Player - what's happening?

On 26 September 2006 Bassendean Town Radio discontinued its mp3Pro Shoutcast stream. Unfortunately Windows Media Player cannot presently handle stream without the aid of a plugin. The plugin, and more information on it, is available from Orbin

How do I use VLC to listen to BTR

Open the VLC media player. Then using the 'File' menu option choose 'Open Network Stream'. Click the http radio button and type the following into the URL field '' see following example.

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What is aacPlus?

AacPlus is an Internet audio format that provides near CD-quality using very little bandwidth.

For the technically inclined, aacPlus is the combination of MPEG AAC and Coding Technologies' SBR (Spectral Band Replication) technology. This combination increases the efficiency of MPEG AAC by up to the factor of two. As a result, aacPlus delivers superior fidelity over MP3, Windows Media, and Real Audio at equivalent low bitrates. As an example, aacPlus delivers streaming and downloadable 5.1 multi-channel audio at 128 kbps, near CD-quality stereo at 32 kbps, excellent quality stereo at 24 kbps, and good quality for mixed content even below 16 kbps mono.

More information is available on aacPlus from here.

What was mp3PRO?

mp3PRO was intended to be the next generation of MP3, allowing CD-quality stereo at 64 kbps with full frequency bandwidth, and allowing dialup listeners to experience broadband quality. While fully compatible with the MP3 format it was a proprietary format that never really took off. Bassendean Town Radio is still using mp3PRO on our Live365 stream.

How can I put on my own show?

To help people produce their first show for Bassendean Town Radio we have produced a number of guides.

These guides are available by emailing

In addition Bassendean Town Radio can provide a disc for $10 which includes a number of free programs including a CD ripper, Audio software for manipulating and recording, as well as other software. BTR experts can provide assistance with the setup and use of this software.

Further questions?

If you have any questions then don't hesitate to contact us at:

Who is listening?

We are presently streaming "FSNWorldNews" by , and currently have 2 listeners tuned in.

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