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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:03 am   Post subject: Streaming Soundtracks with Alexa - Need help! Reply with quote


Hi all.
I have been listening to SS for many years and when Amazon's Alexa came out have been using that to stream via "TuneIn" with a simple command of

"Alexa, play Streaming Soundtracks radio from TuneIn"

which worked perfectly and it got better as Alexa seemed to "learn"

"Alexa, play Streaming Soundtracks from TuneIn"

unfortunately a few months ago the latter stopped working, oh well no great loss but now recently the nothing works?!

When I ask
"Alexa, play Streaming Soundtracks radio from TuneIn"

all I get is a response of "TuneIn cannot play by Genre"

Any ideas how to resolve this?
I and many of my friends would love to know how to simply command Alexa to play our favorite streaming station.

Cheers,

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:14 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


Anyone??? Need help I tried everything Sad
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Probably this is a dumb idea (no experience with Alexa here) but maybe pronouncing SST's name as "Streamingsoundtracks (pause) radio" and not "Streaming (pause) Soundtracks (pause) radio" would help...
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:26 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Likewise no experience with Alexa or TuneIn, but a random thought .... do you have a signin/account with TuneIn and can you mark SST as a favorite?
Or can you manually select it to play once or twice first? Alexa may check favorites or recent stations first.
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Once you get Alexa to play SST on tunein. From then on you can say "Alexa, play TuneIn, and Alexa will remember that you were playing SST last time so it continues to play it this time. This works as long as you only play SST on TuneIn and no other stations.

I will try to make an Alexa skill for SST if someone can give me a HTTPS URL that just plays SST with no interaction required. Note it must be HTTPS not just HTTP, I am guessing its for security reasons.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:41 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


Wow!
That would be great thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:28 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


jjlink wrote:
Once you get Alexa to play SST on tunein. From then on you can say "Alexa, play TuneIn, and Alexa will remember that you were playing SST last time so it continues to play it this time. This works as long as you only play SST on TuneIn and no other stations.

I will try to make an Alexa skill for SST if someone can give me a HTTPS URL that just plays SST with no interaction required. Note it must be HTTPS not just HTTP, I am guessing its for security reasons.



Hi John

Did you find a way to make this work?

would this link work? :
https://tunein.com/radio/Streaming-Soundtracks-s1562/


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:21 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


https://tunein.com/radio/Streaming-Soundtracks-s1562/
is just the web page, Alexa would need the actual HTTPS URL for the stream its self.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:41 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


if anyone would know the URL of a direct stream, I could use it as well. I was trying to get SST running on LibreELEC on my Raspi, the easisest solution i had so far would be a direct URL for a radio stream. HTML and flashplayer pages both don't work for me there. Just adding my two cents Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:51 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


jjlink wrote:
Once you get Alexa to play SST on tunein. From then on you can say "Alexa, play TuneIn, and Alexa will remember that you were playing SST last time so it continues to play it this time. This works as long as you only play SST on TuneIn and no other stations.

I will try to make an Alexa skill for SST if someone can give me a HTTPS URL that just plays SST with no interaction required. Note it must be HTTPS not just HTTP, I am guessing its for security reasons.


This may or may not help. There is a Node Red contribution on Github

here

I have to use it to play Streaming Soundtracks on my Echo because they seem to have royally screwed up their syntax parsing. There is a "Play by ID" function which works quite well. I'm guessing all the code required would be in there in some form.
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