BBC Radio Widget 2.0 release

Well, the time has come for an official release – so here it is! A slight name change, too; just because, really.

Read more about it or get it now!

Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.2 or greater is required. If you’re using Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, the widget installer appears. Click Install if you want the widget installed on your Mac. If you’re using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive and open it to show the widget installer.

In addition, PPC users will need a minimum of RealPlayer 10; Intel users need 10.1 or better. A restart may well be required, too.

34 Responses to “BBC Radio Widget 2.0 release”


  • Hi

    I’ve downloaded your widget and realplayer 10.1, but the widget won’t play any stations. I t just shows the ‘thinking’ cog then stops. No message, nothing. Any thoughts?

  • Hmm, that’s a bit strange. Let’s just rule out a couple of things:

    1. You’ve got your volume up, right?
    2. Have you launched RealPlayer after download? I’m guessing yes, as the widget hasn’t detected a missing plugin.
    3. Can you play the streams on the BBC website? How about directly in RealPlayer?
    4. Out of interest, what system are you using?

  • Volume is up.
    Can’t listen to it on the BBC website – I get the ‘contacting’ message and then it times out. Same happens when trying to listen via Realplayer.
    I’m using Safari on an Intel iMac. OS 10.4.7.
    Cheers

  • Sounds like a configuration problem with RealPlayer then – are you behind a proxy server or something? You’ll probably have to go into RealPlayer’s preferences, and mess about with the connection settings.

  • Thanks. I’ll try messing around with Realplayer

  • I’ve just had a little problem getting Real Player to work. What was needed was a complete restart. Now everything is fine.
    You’ve made an expat very happy. Now I can listen to real Yoskshire folk all day long.
    Best widget ever.

  • That’s useful information Ian – something I often forget. Thanks, I’ll add it to the notes. And I’m glad you like it! :)

  • I’m an imac newbie. I did get the widget installed (easy), got the RealPlayer “installed”, but it didn’t work, until I did what you said–play around with RealPlayer connections. Your default is lan connection, and I’m dsl, so once I changed to proper dsl, and did a restart, the widget works correctly, and I’m listening to bbc radio–and I’m a newbie….ta da. I have two questions, though.
    1. When I “click on RealPlayer” from my applications window, and click on the arrow, I get msg requested file not found.
    “file://localhost/Users/judi/Desktop/RealPlayer.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/intro.smi” What should I see, and why am I getting requested file is not found?
    2. Where can I find a listing of what Radio 1 etc really is, so that when my husband says, “what stations are you getting?”, I can answer him. thanks for everything–great widget, free RealPlayer, free bbc internet radio, AND understandable helpyourself to do’s.

  • Hi Judi,

    It was probably the restart which did the trick in this case, but it’s always useful to get the connection settings configured anyway. So, to the points in hand:

    1. RealPlayer is having some trouble playing its welcome movie! (You’re really not missing out.) Interestingly, my copy showed the same behaviour. It’s a bug in their software, although not an important one. I wonder, did you move the RealPlayer application to your Applications folder after download? That’s the correct thing to do, but it’s possible RealPlayer is looking in the old place…

    Whilst it’s not really a problem, you might find it annoying! What seems to have fixed it for me is opening the original file directly. After that, RealPlayer appears to be able to find it alright. If you really want to fix it, try this:

    – Find RealPlayer
    – Control-click on it (or right-click if you have a two-button mouse), and choose “Show Package Contents”
    – A window will open. In this window, open the folder called “Contents”
    – Open the folder “Resources”, followed by “English.lproj”
    – Locate the file “intro.smi”
    – Control- or right-click on it, and choose “Open With > RealPlayer” (the > signifies navigating to a submenu)

    Go back to the Finder now and close all the windows. Changing anything in them could cripple RealPlayer, and you’d have to download it again!

    With luck, the file will open in RealPlayer, and you’ll be able to play it. After that, RealPlayer seemed to have no trouble finding it for me.

    2. I’m not entirely sure what you’re after here, but http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/ is a good place to look!

  • This is what widgets are supposed to be… cute, practical and reliable.

    top widgetry Mr Hawkman!!

  • condor: What can I say? Thanks! It’s appreciative comments like this that make it worth doing :)

  • Can’t get it to connect, Downloaded RP and it no longer is looking for plugin. Same problem as Spencer. Fiddled with RP…any tangible suggestions

  • Nice widget! I use it in the ‘development mode’ ie. on the desktop. Good work.

  • I have your BBC Radio Widget 2.0 installed on my desk top and, despite a not brilliant broadband connection, it works fine – However, I downloaded it onto my new Intel MacBook but when I turn the thing round and select a station it won’t do anything else – just sits there with its back turned and sulks.
    The other widgets I have seem to work fine.

  • I think this is a great widget, made even better by the What’s On links. I no longer have to find that darn page in Safari. It’s so much prettier now as well!

    I have a problem, however. If I turn it round and change stations, the Done button doesn’t turn it back round. It just darkens for a mement when I click, and then nothing happens. If I don’t change channels when it’s flipped, it works fine. After selecting the new station in the list, if I reload the widget (command-R) it comes back right-way-round with the new channel up. This didn’t happen in v1.8. I am running OS 10.4.7 with the latest version of Real Player, on a PowerBook.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. It’s a minor annoyance, but I’m relatively sure it’s not supposed to happen.

  • This is very good indeed. It epitomises everything a widget should be.

    One small problem: it doesn’t retain the volume slider setting after a computer restart. It would be good if it did so I didn’t have to drag it all over the place and could just click play.

    If you fix this I will give you a tenner thru paypal :-)

  • I just had a major computer meltdown and in the process of painfully rebuilding everything I ‘discovered’ OS Tiger’s widgets which I’d always thought a bit of a gimick before. Then I downloaded BBC Radio widget and bam! Two seconds later I’m listening to the radio in Manchester, my home town back in the UK. Fantastic – brilliant – reception crystal clear – made the computer melt down I just had worth it – I might never have found it otherwise! Thanks a million, Carol

  • Great stuff!! Not only have I now got an easy-peasy way to get instant radio but strolling through your site put me in the right direction to sort out the long standing problem I’d had with Real Player. Their ‘support’ was useless and was previously only able to listen via the stand alone player but problem now solved in a second – thank you!

  • Apologies for the long silence, I’ve been away for a month.

    There does appear to be a remaining issue with running this widget on Intel machines. Intriguingly, it appears to be related to a javascript function – bizarre.

    Not owning an Intel Mac, I really can’t give an estimate on when a fix will be available. Anyone who’s contacted me about the issue may be in line for some emails from me, asking them to test various things. You lucky, lucky people.

  • Hi

    I’ve installed the new v1.7 software on my Intel IMac running 10.4.7, with RealPlayer 10.1.0

    I have a Skype headset – an IPEVO Free-1. If I launch the Widget, I can hear the Widget through the headset. Disconnect the headset, though, and I do not hear it through the speakers. All other sound systems operate normally – I can play ITunes and QuickTime and RealPlayer.

    Any thoughts ?

  • RM: No idea I’m afraid. That’s not the kind of thing a widget can handle easily – sounds like a Dashboard bug, or something.

    Try: (i) Reloading the widget (command-r) or (ii) restarting dashboard (go to the terminal and type “killall Dock” (without the quotes)

  • Oooh, hey, I just checked again and it’s working fine now! No idea what happened…

  • Interesting to read the comments – “turn the thing round” threw me for a bit until I cottoned on to it being “click i”.

    I was going to suggest having links to BBC playlists, but reference to “What’s On links” led me to discover hovering over the channel logo.

    Minor puzzle: your link to What’s On Radio 3 gives me a blue window I’ve never seen before:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/whatson/search/daylist.cgi?service_id=49699&DAY=Today
    It seems to be the Radio Times listings. “Morning on 3” just has a few untimed headlines.

    But I have the full timed listing on:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/morningon3/pip/pis0h/
    It’s red, with the same logo you have on the widget

    Do the peculiarities of the BBC website structure make it impossible to make this link from the widget?

    It may be that the blue lists are normally full & timed, but presenter Penny Gore is lazy or disorganised because often her listing doesn’t reach pip/pis0h until after the programme fnishes. No trouble with “Through the Night”.

    “I use it in the ‘development mode’ ie. on the desktop.” – I don’t know what development mode is. I use shareware Amnesty Singles (with VAT £6.51 a few days ago, get it via VersionTracker) which puts any widget onto the desktop. So BBC Radio Widget sits just under the menu bar in the centre of my screen, instantly accessible.

    It has added the best bit of functionality (as the American geek language-manglers say) to my screenplay.

  • Hi Bob,

    Minor puzzle: your link to What’s On Radio 3 gives me a blue window I’ve never seen before: [link] It seems to be the Radio Times listings… I have the full timed listing on: [link]… Do the peculiarities of the BBC website structure make it impossible to make this link from the widget?

    Not impossible, but rather tedious. That’s the BBC’s central schedule database, which has a nice, easy-to-access structure based on channel ID. As you’ve noted, though, a lot of stations have their own listings – but each have their own ideas about where it should be and how it should work. Many of them don’t have a ‘today’ link, for instance, which would require tapping into the system date to work out which day of the week it is, after allowing for any time zone differences… You begin to see why I chose the first option :)

    If I’m feeling heroic one evening I might sit down and hard-code the urls into the widget, but no promises I’m afraid; I’m not the kinda guy who finds data entry fun!

  • i read read all the encoraging posts, and hoped…. i still cannot get realplayer to work on BBC. It used to work , but stopped a few months ago, for no apparent rrson. i run imac, 10.4.7, duo core 2.16ghz et al. open with rosetta, perhaps my proxies are wrong, perhaps my connection speeds are wrong… butwhat should they be and how do i find out what my airport settings / cable modem settings are so that i can configure it correctly…? please help.

  • Just discovered something everyone else probably knows: the copies of BBC Radio Widget work independently inside and outside dashboard, so you can have 2 stations playing at once. I can listen to Radio 3 music and Test Match Special on Radio 5 Live Extra. But I have to turn the cricket off for long periods because on Day 1 of the first Ashes test hearing about England’s “bowling” is too painful. I dip in every half hour or so by sliding the volume up from zero to hear if the awfulness has continued.

  • If you’re having trouble installing this widget on a case-sensitive filesystem use Terminal to cd into the widget directory and issue the command:

    mv default.png Default.png

    After which it should install fine.

  • i am having a bit of a problem with bbcradio widget 3.1 it installs ok but when i try to play anything it says it cant find the realplayer plugin in i have the latest realplayer 10 in my applications folder i have a intel mac

  • i am having a bit of a problem with bbcradio widget 3.1 it installs ok but when i try to play anything it says it cant find the realplayer plugin in i have the latest realplayer 10 in my applications folder i have a intel mac

  • Run RealPlayer, let it install the plugin. Then restart.

  • Hi there!

    I am having a strange problem with real player… Started last sunday, and after then, use to work perfectly. I keep getting a message “Requested file not found. The link may be outdated or inaccurate”. I am pretty sure I get the right link, and this is only happening on Mac OS. When I try to open the same link on a Windows system, everything works fine… It’s driving me crazy! Please help!

  • Hi I have just loaded the BBC Radio widget and it works fine when the widget dashboard is open but as soon as i close the dashboard, the radio stops. When i open the dashboard again it starts up again. any ideas why?

  • Hi I have just loaded the BBC Radio widget and it works fine when the widget dashboard is open but as soon as i close the dashboard, the radio stops. When i open the dashboard again it starts up again. any ideas why?

    I have exactly the same problem…

  • >>Hi I have just loaded the BBC Radio widget and it works fine when the widget dashboard is open but as soon as i close the dashboard, the radio stops. When i open the dashboard again it starts up again. any ideas why?

    >> I have exactly the same problem…

    You can add me to the list too. Realplayer 11, open dashboard and radio plays, close dashboard and it stops.

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