Radio Paradise FLAC stream on Raspberry Pi

Discussion in 'All Things Digital' started by MikeyFresh, Sep 15, 2018 at 10:52 PM.

  1. MikeyFresh

    MikeyFresh Moderator Staff Member

    Over in the Moode Audio thread I recently posted about the possibility of the Radio Paradise FLAC stream becoming a feature in the imminent release of Moode 4.3, but based on comments from the developer it appears that will wait until RP publishes an API that he can more easily work with for proper integration.

    However, a very similar lean-Linux distribution for Raspberry Pi called Volumio, does have a working Radio Paradise plug-in right now that allows streaming their 16-bit/44.1kHz (CD-quality) FLAC channel on a Raspberry Pi!

    Apparently this feature has been available in Volumio since sometime in May but has largely flown under the radar.

    I won't say it's been 100% perfect for me, sometimes playback just stops and has to be restarted, though veteran internet radio enthusiasts might indicate thats nothing too surprising or unique.

    After downloading and installing Volumio 2.4 onto a microSD card and booting it on a Raspberry Pi3b+, it was a simple click to install and activate the Radio Paradise plug-in:

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    Then a look at the Browse tab for music sources reveals Radio Paradise with it's own badge/icon, fully separate of the other "Web Radio" stations:

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    Clicking the RP option above gives a choice of various different quality streams, including the lossless one:

    Streams.jpg

    Click that FLAC stream from the list and...

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    I will keep Volumio on one of my Raspberry Pi units for this feature alone. Radio Paradise is really great when you need someone else besides you to be the eclectic DJ, while you chill out in an easy chair.
    Beyond very highly recommended!
     
  2. billfort

    billfort Administrator Staff Member

    Very nice! It's great to see support out there for the Radio Paradise CD quality/FLAC stream, RP has become one of my main sources and to be honest, listening to their FLAC stream (off-line in the car or outside using a portable speaker) has formed the bulk of my listening this summer. "Beyond very highly recommended!" indeed.
     
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  3. je2a3

    je2a3 Junior Member

    @MikeyFresh - I have Radio Paradise enabled on my second RPi3B+/Volumio serving the mono hi-fi system in the living room. I like having BOTH moOde and Volumio.:smile:
     
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  4. airdronian

    airdronian Junior Member

    Thanks for that - I may have to revisit Volumio sometime.
     
  5. Mortsnets

    Mortsnets Junior Member

    I have Volumio for Spotify, adding the Radio Paradise plugin took about 2 minutes and now I'm listening to the Flac stream, thanks.

    Wow my RPi + Allo Boss DAC sounds better than I thought it could.
     
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