No Flash Required: WFMU begins testing live streaming audio in HTML5

invisibleSHIELD case for iPadWFMU, a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey, broadcasting at 91.1 (and at 90.1 as WMFU) MHz FM, offering a free-form format, has begun testing live streaming audio in HTML5.

WFMU’s test page states:

This demo of our live mp3 stream seems to work well on Chrome (Mac/PC) and Safari (Mac). No flash is being used.

Firefox, which does not support mp3 natively, streams our ogg stream but it’s not quite there yet. Firefox users will need to hit the pause/play buttons to let the stream buffer a bit and then it should play fine. IE, you’re hopless [sic].

WFMU is the longest-running free-form radio station in the United States.

Mac Safari or Chrome browser users, try out their HTML test here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joe J.” for the heads up.]


  1. It’s not working for me, using Safari. And the page has a cute typo- “IE, you’re hopless.” Actually, I prefer to listen to internet radio and such through iTunes, although hijacking the audio stream is just as easy from a web page.

  2. WFMU will let you play many ways, via dedicated free iPhone app, iTunes, or website via flash player. This test just flattens the web experience. I like.

    re: hopless, mabye IE doesn’t get any beer.

  3. Firefox can’t play MP3’s either? They sure are a bunch of tight ass twats considering they make Millions from using Google as their search engine a year?

    Mozilla better watch out or Firefox will be the next IE.

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