Playing playlist station / online playlist
A ‘playlist station’ or ‘online playlist’ refers to a preset with a URL that points to a playlist (of M3U, PLS or ASX standard) instead of the actual audio resource. This playlist contains the URLs of one of more audio streams. When playing such an online playlist, the player (lisa or SIR) will follow these rules:
- The player will get the playlist, save all of the playlist entries (streams) and start playing the first entry in the playlist.
- When the first entry is not available of will fail after some tim (e.g. server down), the player will continue with the second playlist entry (stream), third, fourth and so on.
- When the end of the playlist is reached, the player will try to connect to the preset URL again and retrieve the playlist again.
- When the player gets a playlist again, either the same or different than before, the player will start to play the first stream from the new playlist. When the player does get a playlist from the preset URL, then the player will start the fallback mechanism, switching to the SD card (when present). In the background the player will still try to make connection with the preset URL.
The playlist station is a very good solution to ensure that you have a fallback option to another streaming server in case one or more server(s) would crash. It is very important though that the playlist server is always reachable for the device.