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Old 27th January 2011, 18:26   #1
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How to solve frequent buffering when listening to winamp streamers?

I often listen to several radio Winamp streamers which I have bookmarked in my Winamp application. All used to play fine.
Recently I've been having serious buffering issues with pretty much all of the stations (some more so, some less) and more often than not, they are just impossible to listen to due to the frequent pauses.

I've tried setting (Options > Preferences > Media Library > Online Services > Bandwitch Control) Maximum bandwidth for media to 900 Kbytes. But this seems to do nothing at all.

I've also used CCleaner to clean up any temporary files, etc. But this did not help either.

Using Winamp 5.601
Windows XP (sp3)

If someone can please help me solve this and continue listening to my favorite streams, I'd really appreciate it. THX!
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Old 27th January 2011, 22:27   #2
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Prefs > Input plugins > MPEG audio decoder > Streaming tab

Increase the data buffer to smooth out choppy connections. Best not to go higher than 256K or you'll start to get excessive lag.

There are some Prebuffer controls that may or may not be usefull.

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Old 27th January 2011, 22:36   #3
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ok. thanks for the reply uj. it was on 64k. I changed it to 128k. I'll report back and let you know if this did the trick.

So, what I did before... changing max bandwidth to 900, is that okay? should I change it back to 600?
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Old 27th January 2011, 23:02   #4
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... So, what I did before... changing max bandwidth to 900, is that okay? should I change it back to 600? ...
To be honest, I've never touched this setting and don't really know what it's used by.
Default for me is 350 KB

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Old 27th January 2011, 23:35   #5
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AFAIK the Bandwidth Control is a throwback for the defunct Winamp Music and AOL Videos section of Online Services. The purpose was to set the maximum & minimum "quality" (bandwidth wise) of the streaming media, depending you your internet connection speed. I not sure if it is used any more. On a guess, it might still be used third party Online Services components.

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Old 3rd February 2011, 19:28   #6
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Hi. Reporting back after about a week of trying higher values for the MPEG audio decoder (streaming settings). First tried 128K, but after that didn't seem to help any I went up to 256K. Currently at 256, I get mixed results. At times it can play flawlessly, yet other times the streaming stops and stutters every few seconds.
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Old 3rd February 2011, 22:23   #7
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it will depend on your network connection, how much load the SHOUTcast server that you're connecting to is under (i.e. if it's near capacity and is providing a high-bitrate then it's very likely to stutter / fail).

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Old 4th February 2011, 14:00   #8
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I have exactly the same problem.
I played the URL's connecting to various servers.
Those ran stable for years. Now the break off frequently.
I made the same adjustments like *adifrank* without success.
So I think it must be something on the Winamp side.
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Old 4th February 2011, 14:06   #9
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I'm not sure if this means anything, but some of the radio stations I listen to through Winamp also offer to optionally listen to their stream directly via their websites (either through your browser, or through a media player). I did that with a couple of stations and heard the streams through VLC Player with no issues at all. Actually, I even noticed that the audio quality was significantly better for one particular station.
What does this mean? Does it mean that the problem is with Winamp? Or are the streams not being received directly from the websites but rather through a 3rd party which could be the reason for slow connection and inferior sound quality?
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Old 4th February 2011, 14:18   #10
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I don't know. I tried to play those URL's with iTunes for awhile and didn't get any issues as well.

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Old 4th February 2011, 15:06   #11
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I have a listener with the same issue. Winamp stutters, iTunes etc do not. The server's at Ashburn Equinix and there is excess bandwidth to burn.

Logfile of one instance:

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<01/27/11@06:31:00> [dest: a.b.c.d] starting stream (UID: 189909)[L: 23]{A: WinampMPEG/5.60, Ultravox/2.1}(P: 16)
<01/27/11@06:31:07> [dest: a.b.c.d] starting stream (UID: 189910)[L: 24]{A: WinampMPEG/5.60, Ultravox/2.1}(P: 17)
<01/27/11@06:31:11> [dest: a.b.c.d] starting stream (UID: 189911)[L: 25]{A: WinampMPEG/5.60, Ultravox/2.1}(P: 24)
<01/27/11@06:31:11> [dest: a.b.c.d] connection closed (4 seconds) (UID: 189910)[L: 24]{Bytes: 316200}(P: 17)
<01/27/11@06:31:25> [dest: a.b.c.d] starting stream (UID: 189912)[L: 25]{A: WinampMPEG/5.60, Ultravox/2.1}(P: 17)
<01/27/11@06:31:32> [dest: a.b.c.d] connection closed (22 seconds) (UID: 189911)[L: 24]{Bytes: 549746}(P: 24)
<01/27/11@06:32:14> [dest: a.b.c.d] connection closed (74 seconds) (UID: 189909)[L: 23]{Bytes: 451838}(P: 16)
User's IP masked. Note how Winamp blows open a total of FOUR connections over the short timespan. I'm stumped and would welcome any suggestions as well.
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