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All the Ways to Tune in...


There are many ways to tune into Whisperings, whether the free stream or the subscription stream. On this page, we'll walk you through the most popular (and recommended) options...


The Whisperings Web Site
The Whisperings Apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch & Android
Sonos & Bose Soundtouch
Apple TV, Alexa & Roku
Chromecast & Google Home
iTunes
Windows Media Player
Other Players, Apps & Devices
What's Playing Now
Questions?

The Whisperings Web Site

Yes, of course we're going to recommend our web site first. We want you here. We like you here! Plus, if you are tuning in via a desktop or laptop especially, it's the best option with the best interface (in our humble opinion). One-click access to the Free Stream plus, for PureStream subscribers, easy access to our customized player where you can skip songs, mark your favorites and select other play options.

The Whisperings App for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch & Android

Technically, you don't need anything extra to tune in from the iPhone, iPad or Android phones and tablets). You can just point your mobile device browser to solopianoradio.com, launch the player you want and tune in. HOWEVER... mobile device web browsers do not support playlist functionality in the same way desktop and laptop browsers do. While this has no impact on free stream listeners, for PureStream subscribers, that means you are limited to the live feed - as the customizeable playlist functions are not accessible via mobile browsers. To access the custom playlist features from a mobile, you need an app, and the Whisperings app by Emphatek is highly recommended. They do charge for it, but to access the playlist functions to skip songs, mark favorites and so on via mobile, it's required. A rebate offer is available for the cost of the apps for PureStream subscribers. Follow the links below for rebate offer details and limitations.

Here's more info on the Whisperings apps by Emphatek:

Details about the Whisperings iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch & iPod Touch app.
Details about the Whisperings Android app.

Sonos & Bose SoundTouch

Sonos and Bose Soundtouch are the two most popular devices listeners use to tune into Whisperings... both our Free Stream and PureStream.

To access our Free Stream from either Sonos or Bose SoundTouch, simply search for "Whisperings" in the device app's radio station directory. You should find it listed there. Simple enough.

To access PureStream, you'll need to create a Custom Stream URL for your account - and you'll add this URL directly in your Sonos and/or Bose app to directly access the stream. For details on how to do this, read the following in our FAQ...

How to Setup PureStream with Bose SoundTouch
How to Setup PureStream with Sonos.

Apple TV, Alexa & Roku

YES, there are Whisperings specific skills/apps for Apple TV, Alex and Roku!

For details, see the Whisperings Skill for Alexa
the WhisperingsTV app for Apple TV
and the Whisperings App for Roku in our FAQ.

All these apps all support BOTH our Free Stream and PureStream.

Chromecast & Google Home

Connecting to Whisperings from Chromecast or Google Home is a bit of a different beast.

For details, follow these links to our PureStream FAQ listings for Chromecast and Google Home

The process for accessing the Free Stream or PureStream is identical.

iTunes

These instructions assume you have iTunes version 12 or better. Prior versions may vary somewhat from these instructions.

You can open up a stream URL in iTunes by going to the File > Open Stream menu. When you do that, iTunes will prompt you for a stream URL.

For the Free Stream, open http://pianosolo.streamguys.net/live and it will immediately stream.
For PureStream, you'll need to create a Custom Stream URL for your PureStream account. This secure URL passes your PureStream USERNAME and PASSWORD to the authentication server so you can log in to the commercial-free feed. Once created, insert the stream URL when prompted by iTunes from the File > Open Stream menu.

Once you have opened the stream, you should see either "Whisperings: Solo Piano Radio" or "Whisperings PureStream: Solo Piano Radio" (depending on which stream you open) bookmarked in your iTunes music library. iTunes buries this bookmark, so to find it, select the dropdown Music option in iTunes, then select Library in the menu that shows up across the top of iTunes (just under the window that shows the Apple icon), then Songs on the left side. You should see the "Whisperings Solo Piano Radio" bookmark listed there. Click on that to start your stream at any future time. Important Note! Typically, the first time you open the streams, iTunes will display the "name" of the stream as either simple (*)live (the free stream) or (*)secure2 (PureStream). To update this so that it is displayed correctly, right+click the listing while it is playing, select Song Info, then OK and it should refresh and display the name properly from that point forward. Also Note: For whatever reason, iTunes only displays the name/artist of the track playing either when you FIRST start the stream or when a NEW SONG starts. Once the song has started, the song/artist info goes away. So... if you want to see what's playing at any given moment, you can either restart the stream or you can view the "what's playing now" popup for the Free Stream or PureStream. You can bookmark those in your browser if that's helpful.

Windows Media Player

Still using Windows Media Player, eh? Cool. Old school! You can open up a stream URL in Windows Media Player by going to the File > Open URL menu. When you do that, WMP will prompt you for a stream URL.

For the Free Stream, open http://pianosolo.streamguys.net/live and it will immediately stream.
For PureStream, you'll need to create a Custom Stream URL for your PureStream account. This secure URL passes your PureStream USERNAME and PASSWORD to the authentication server so you can log in to the commercial-free feed. Once created, insert the stream URL when prompted by WMP from the File > Open URL menu.

WMP may ask you if you want to "display the embedded content." Say yes, as that's the dynamic HTML page for the playlist. Note that, depending on your version of Windows Media Player, you may have to resize the "Now Playing" window or change your "View" to actually see the playlist (select the View > Now Playing menu to see it.) Important: If you don't see the menu options, you probably have your menus in "hide" mode. To change this, start up Windows Media Player, then press CTRL+M which should display your menus along the top of the player. Then you can select the File > Open URL menu to open the stream. Alternatively, just press CTRL+U to open the window that prompts for the stream URL.

Other Players, Apps & Devices

You can open and play both the Free Stream and PureStream in literally dozens of players, apps and devices. The most popular are listed above (probably 90% of listeners tune in using one of the above options.) For a complete list of other players/apps/devices we have been asked about over the years, view this Device List in the PureStream FAQ.

When it comes to the Free Stream, most (but not all) of the apps/devices out there already have Whisperings on their radio stations list... so just search their built-in directory for the station. If you don't find Whisperings listed, you may be able to open a direct link to the free stream if the device/app/player has built in support for opening up a custom stream URL. If it does, the direct stream URL for the Free Stream is http://pianosolo.streamguys.net/live.

For PureStream, you'll need to create a Custom Stream URL specifically for your account that sends your PureStream USERNAME and PASSWORD to the authentication server.

Again, refer to our PureStream FAQ for assistance with other devices, apps and players.

What's Playing Now

In the event you're using a player that, for whatever reason, doesn't display what's playing in the live feed, you can view what's playing by following the links below. Keep in mind, those dynamic HTML pages refresh every 60 seconds.

The Free Stream - What's Playing Now?
Whisperings PureStream - What's Playing Now?

Any Questions?

View our FAQ or email support at solopianoradio@gmail.com.