Comcast Music Choice

  • 27 October 2011
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Is there a method to adding Music Choice to the music services on my Sonos network? This is part of my cable/internet service and while I can use a line out from a cable box, it is not a great solution.

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Grippe,

First post! Welcome to the forums.

No, Music Choice is simply another TV channel, but the video is limited to a series of slowly changing still frames. SONOS has no direct access to the audio data stream.

With 10's of thousands of choices, hopefully you can find some similar Internet Radio content that would eliminate the need for Music Choice.
buzz,

Thanks for the prompt reply. Music Choice is both a television channel and an internet service. It is sending digital audio files to my computer over the internet without a cable box the same as any other service. Regardless, if Sonos doesn't support it, it doesn't support it.

As for the why I care, well, it's commercial-free digital music channels that I already get. I'd rather not pay more for a different subscription for a service similar to what I already receive.
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There is a way to do it.

You can add the MC channels manually as radio stations.

Here is the URL for Today's Country: http://arcostream-musicchoice-classicrock.wm.llnwd.net/arcostream_musicchoice_todayscountry

Here is the 80s channel: http://arcostream-musicchoice-classicrock.wm.llnwd.net/arcostream_musicchoice_80s

I have just about all of them set up manually on my system. Give it a shot and see how that works out for you. Sound quality isn't the greatest if you push it through a decent system, but may be OK on something small. If sound quality is an issue for you, you might be happier with using your cable box and line-in method. YMMV.
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Any idea what the url for the sounds of the season channel might be? I can get all channels to work except for this one. Thanks.
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http://arcostream-musicchoice-classicrock.wm.llnwd.net/arcostream_musicchoice_soundsoftheseasons

The above is what I have in my Sonos. Their streaming seems to be down right now. I can't get it working on my Sonos or my computer via their website. So...I have no way to test it.
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limegrass - this is great!

How would I find the other stations?
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Thanks.
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limegrass - this is great!

How would I find the other stations?


I could get them to you at some point.

I'm in the middle of a prolonged power outage, and of course my Sonos sytem is not available at this time.

They all more or less follow the same naming convention based on channel name.
There is a way to do it.

You can add the MC channels manually as radio stations.

Here is the URL for Today's Country: http://arcostream-musicchoice-classicrock.wm.llnwd.net/arcostream_musicchoice_todayscountry

Here is the 80s channel: http://arcostream-musicchoice-classicrock.wm.llnwd.net/arcostream_musicchoice_80s

I have just about all of them set up manually on my system. Give it a shot and see how that works out for you. Sound quality isn't the greatest if you push it through a decent system, but may be OK on something small. If sound quality is an issue for you, you might be happier with using your cable box and line-in method. YMMV.
did not work for me. What am I doing wrong? It says it's saving to Radio > My Radio Stations, but where is that at? I can't find it in the SONOS Controller on my computer. Please advise
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Those custom-added radio stations appear under TuneIn Radio > My Radio Stations... however, you'll probably find that those URLs don't work anymore.

Music Choice has changed a lot in the past four years... their website now requires logging into your cable provider to listen online, and they've definitely changed how they stream online.

I found a URL that might work, but testing it by using VLC on another device seemed to produce periods of silence in the middle of songs. Watching their web-based player run in Chrome, it seems to constantly be loading "chunks" of audio data (oddly enough, MPEG2 .ts files). If they're really using MPEG2, then it wouldn't even be playable through Sonos (Sonos supports MPEG1 Layer 3 audio, aka MP3, and MPEG4 AAC audio, aka M4A). I'll need to do some testing tonight when I get home, but it's not looking promising based on what I'm seeing so far.
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Ok... so after figuring out why I couldn't get it to play in my browser at home (DUH, Flash needs to be enabled!), I grabbed a URL for one of the playlist files, and it appears to be working just great through my Sonos speakers.

So here's what you do... go to musicchoice.com, and under the Music Channels menu, make note of the channel number in the link for the station you want to hear. Then take the URL below and replace the ### with the channel number, with leading 0's if necessary.

http://edge.music-choice-ac-chaina1.top.comcast.net/AudioChannels/Ch-###/chunklist.m3u8

So channel 29 (Pop Hits) would be...
http://edge.music-choice-ac-chaina1.top.comcast.net/AudioChannels/Ch-029/chunklist.m3u8

While channel 146 (Classic Alternative) would be...
http://edge.music-choice-ac-chaina1.top.comcast.net/AudioChannels/Ch-146/chunklist.m3u8

Music Choice does NOT include artist/track names in their streams.

Enjoy!
Thank you sooooo much...! That worked...! You're a genius....!...:-)..
Hi - looking at adding musicchoice to my Sonos system. I have the links to the stations but I am lost where to enter them in the Sonos app? Can you provide the steps?
See this link:
https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/264/kw/Add%20a%20station%20by%20url

Note it can't be done on a phone or tablet, only pc or Mac.
Thanks - I will give it a try
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Just a note... after my experimenting with this in my posts from a few months ago, I found that after listening for a while, the music will just stop. Not sure if they're doing something unusual with the way they do their "chunking" for streaming or whatnot... but don't be surprised if after listening for a while, you suddenly hear silence.
Thanks Mike. So far so good. I have been able to listen a couple of hours at a time with no issue but will listen up for the silence.
I logged into my xfinity music choice app and found the URL for the station I wanted to listen to, went into my Tune In Radion app in sonos, added the URL, it connected but wouldn't play back, I got an error message from sonos "incompatable format", my flash player is active, is there anything I can do to get to work?
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Just wanted to note that I gave this another try today and it's still working great... maybe something about the station you were trying to listen to?

Not sure how you got the URL from the app... the URL format that I provide in an earlier post is what I'm using and it works just fine. As I mentioned in my earlier post here, you'll need to go to the website, see what the "channel number" is for the station you want (I don't know if they're the same as in the Music Choice app), then fix the URL I provide to include that channel number.

Edit to add: The channel numbers shown in the app correspond to your cable service's channel number... so those channel numbers won't work for the URL layout in my earlier post. For example, Pop Hits shows as channel 1820 for me in the app (through Verizon FiOS), but on the website it's channel 29.
Hi Mike... been utilizing your advice and it has been working great. Thank you.
However now experiencing the more recently added URL stations, that carry 4 digits, will not load when following the same formula.
Any thoughts?
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Apologies on the delayed reply... having not visited Music Choice's website for a long while, it looks like they've changed things around to where you NEED to log into your TV provider's account in order to listen over the web now.

For some providers, it appears that the channel numbers through Music Choice's site may correspond with your provider's actual channel numbers - possibly having 4-digit numbers - so they won't work with the URL I have here.

After logging in with my provider, I see only a small number (9) of channels that have a 4-digit channel number, but I don't seem to be able to find a way for those channels to work with Sonos, likely because we don't have any official authentication with the Music Choice site.
Ok... so after figuring out why I couldn't get it to play in my browser at home (DUH, Flash needs to be enabled!), I grabbed a URL for one of the playlist files, and it appears to be working just great through my Sonos speakers.

So here's what you do... go to musicchoice.com, and under the Music Channels menu, make note of the channel number in the link for the station you want to hear. Then take the URL below and replace the ### with the channel number, with leading 0's if necessary.

http://edge.music-choice-ac-chaina1.top.comcast.net/AudioChannels/Ch-###/chunklist.m3u8

So channel 29 (Pop Hits) would be...
http://edge.music-choice-ac-chaina1.top.comcast.net/AudioChannels/Ch-029/chunklist.m3u8

While channel 146 (Classic Alternative) would be...
http://edge.music-choice-ac-chaina1.top.comcast.net/AudioChannels/Ch-146/chunklist.m3u8

Music Choice does NOT include artist/track names in their streams.

Enjoy!



Do you happen to have a list of the channel numbers with the stations. I get get yours to work but sadly mine cannot. Mainly 80s/90s/2000s, dance and country

Thanks any help would be greatly appreicated

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