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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Air America Radio on iTunes and iPhone

March 2010 update: Air America is reportedly going off the air.

October 2008 update: A reader called Mr tells us about FStream (free download), which allows you to listen to Air America on your iPhone (he says you need to update your firmware if you’re using a first generation iPhone). Here’s an FStream review/how-to at Mac360.

May 2008 update: A reader alerted me today in the comments below that Air America is no longer listed in iTunes (I confirmed this by looking myself — I have no idea why it's gone). However, the link to the stream, described in the March 2007 update below, still works.

March 2007 update: Air America has changed the location of their stream, and now if you click on it in iTunes, you'll probably get a "loading" bar forever, like I did.

Per Alan's comment at the end of this thread, you can solve this by selecting "Advanced > Open Stream..." in iTunes and paste this URL into the dialog box: (see screenshots below).

You can also just download the .m3u (right-click and save as...) and open it in iTunes.

October 2006 update: Air America is available in iTunes under "Radio > Talk/Spoken Word". In iTunes 7x it'll look like this picture. See Rob's comments at the end of this thread for more info. (Thanks Rob!)

March 2006 update: It appears that the WKIZ playlist file is no longer viable. Air America is apparently now charging for their podcasts (info here, tutorial here), and I haven't been able to find an iTunes stream anymore. There are, however, various radio stations listed on this page where you can still listen to free streams using Windows Media Player or RealPlayer.

Original post: Thanks to bitter-girl (hey Velms, and she has a knitting blog [!] ), I learned that WKIZ radio in Key West, FL, has an iTunes feed of Air America Radio. Finally, I don't have to listen on RealPlayer anymore!

So, to use it, download this .pls file (.pls = playlist), then drag and drop its icon onto your iTunes, and voila, you're listening to the radio.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you, etc....

I just received a Airport Express Base Station and this hint finally lets me listen to Air America Radio on my living room stereo.

DId I say thank you?


7/15/2004 10:23:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You rock! Everytime I tried to open AirAm on my Mac, I'd get an Adobe file that did nothing. Now I can listen _and_ cut out Mac-hostile RealOne. Oh, boy!

10/22/2004 08:57:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update: In case it ever goes away from bitter-girl's website, I've also included the iTunes playlist file on my server (download it, then double-click or drag it into iTunes).

The stream is from Florida's WKIZ, which broadcasts Latin language radio as well. So I guess Air America is only part-time on their stream.

12/07/2004 05:55:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My other UN*X box is a Linux one and this playlist works great with XMMS too. Does anyone have the sched so we know when the english feed is up?


12/16/2004 08:07:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, what's the schedule? i've had that radio station playing in iTunes for a while, waiting for AirAmerica to show up and i never hear it (checking mostly during business hours).

the kkjjk website lists WKIZ, but the WKIZ website ( offers little help.

have people actually heard AirAmerica on this station?

1/20/2005 06:42:00 AM

Blogger espd said...

WKIZ was broadcasting Air America last time I tuned into them, but that was in December I think. Can't remember what time of the day it was exactly, but it was definitely business hours (Pacific time), since I was at work.

I haven't checked their stream lately.

I'm actually hoping someone will locate a different radio station; one that broadcasts Air America all day and also has an iTunes stream, so we can all dump WKIZ.

1/20/2005 11:33:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i looked at this file it's simply a ip address on port 9000.

does this mean you can listen anyone streaming music via web site in your itunes.

if so can someone tell me how this is done

4/01/2005 11:55:00 AM

Blogger rushnosh said...

i looked at this file it's simply a ip address on port 9000.

does this mean you can listen anyone streaming music via web site in your itunes.

if so can someone tell me how this is done

4/01/2005 11:58:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if it's just me, but the stream seems to have died.

3/11/2006 10:39:00 PM

Anonymous Rob said...

WKIZ 1500 AM in Key West, Florida recently added the programming schedule to their improved Web site [as I write this there is AAR programming weekdays from 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Eastern Time) and no AAR programming on weekends] and they are streaming again:
Listen Live 28K:
? Windows Media Player stream.
? MP3 player stream (iTunes or Winamp).
Listen Live 56K:
? Windows Media Player stream.
? MP3 player stream (iTunes or Winamp).

4/03/2006 10:21:00 AM

Anonymous Rob said...

Sorry for the "?" in my previous post, they were suppose to be "bullets."

4/03/2006 10:30:00 AM

Anonymous Rob said...

The Air America Radio network live stream is available 24/7 on the iTunes Radio. Simply go to "Source" > "Radio" > "Talk/Spoken Word" > "Air America" .

6/05/2006 01:22:00 PM

Anonymous Rob said...

Update! A change was made on iTunes ("Library" instead of "Source") to listen to the Air America Radio network live stream (available 24/7): Simply go to "Library" > "Radio" > "Talk/Spoken Word" > "Air America".

10/03/2006 04:10:00 PM

Blogger espd said...

Excellent. Thank you Rob for keeping people apprised.

10/04/2006 01:25:00 PM

Blogger Alan said...

This is an old thread but for people still finding it the MP3 stream from AAR has changed.

It's now:

(via Robert Drummond, AAR Tech. Support)

You can do a Get Info on the AAR selection in iTunes and edit the URL and paste in the address above.

3/28/2007 08:03:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As of Today! May 14 2008..I cannot find Air America in iTunes in the RADIO/TALK Spoken Word section.

Thank You..the link reconnects me dirctly!!!

5/14/2008 10:58:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the "paste the url option" for Air America isn't working. . .but it's back in te listings under "radio" and "talk/spoken word". What's going on with them?

5/19/2008 07:07:00 AM

Blogger Mr said...

Just found your blog post and want to express my gratitude!

I was just able to get a 1st-generation iPhone cheap. After upgrading the firmware I was able to get a stream tuner from the app store and the URL in your post works with it --- excellent!

If you have an iPhone look for the FREE app called "FStream" and use the URL from this blog. Amazing... it buffers for about ONE second and then VOILA! You're listening to AAR.

10/24/2008 05:42:00 AM


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