Worldwide Internet Radio

Worldwide Internet TV

Operation Guide

 

User’s Manual             FAQ

 

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Preface

   Thank you for buying this product. This manual describes the settings and operations and lead you to quickly enjoy Internet media.

 

A.  Product Highlight

l    Embedded thousands of internet stations around the world with complete categorization of regions and genres.

l   Plug-and-play auto-run. Safe and easy to use.

l   With My Favorite and History list, no missing to any good radio stations.

l   Recording favorite music or programs.

l   Sharing good radio stations and information by voting mechanism.

 

B.  System Requirements

CPU

1GHz or above

Display Resolution

VGA, 1024 * 768 recommended

Memory

512MB or above

HDD

free space 10MB or above

Network

Web access required.

Sound Card

Enabled

USB Port

USB 2.0

Operating System

Windows XP (SP2 or above) / Vista / 7

Browser

IE6 or above

Media Player

Version 9 or above

 

Launch

     Please plug the dongle into the USB port of your computer. The program will be automatically launched. At the first time, you will be prompted to select the preferred language. If nothing comes up, please visit FAQ for solutions.

 

A.    Function Menu

1.          (Optional) Select Radio or TV mode.

2.          (Optional) Keyword search. Enter a string and press [Enter]. It will search the station names which contains the string you entered.

3.          Display the top 10 stations for each genre, which was elected by all users.

4.          Display the top 10 stations for each region, which was elected by all users.

5.          (Optional) Display the top 10 stations for each language, which was elected by all users.

6.          (Optional) Categorize stations by region.

7.          (Optional) Categorize stations by genre.

8.          (Optional) Categorize stations by language.

9.          Display your favorite stations which were added to this list by “Add to Favorite” button. The newly added station will be appended to the bottom of this list.

10.     The 20 stations you listened recently. The most recently played station will be listed at the top.

11.     (Optional) Contact Us

There are some options for you to deliver messages to us. Click on the item and fill out the fields, especially those marked with “*”.

<1> Add Stations

You may suggest us some stations to add to the station list. Fill out the form and press [Submit], and then we will look for the station, add to the list and response to you.

[Reset] button will clear all fields.

<2> Update Station Information

If you find any wrong descriptions about a station, please let us know. Fill out the form and press [Submit], and then we will update the contents as soon as we get the message.

<3> Question, Comment, or Suggestion

You may share any questions, comments, or suggestions with us here. Fill out the form and press [Submit]. Your every opinion is very valuable and appreciated!

12.     (Optional) Personal Settings.

<a> Default Mode – Set up the default mode(Radio or TV) to display and play.

<b> Default Station – Plug and Play, together with the setting of Default Mode. Assign a station to be automatically played while launching. There are many options for you to choose:

l      None. Don’t play any station automatically if you are afraid to bother your neighbors.

l      Random. System will randomly pick one station from the radio station database for you to enjoy the surprise.

l      The most popular station. The No.1 station in the [Top 10 – Genre] list.

l      The No.1 in My Favorite List.

l      The station which you played last time when exiting this system.

l      Random from My Favorite. Randomly pick one station from your favorite station list.

l      Specified below. Specify a station by entering a string and search for all matched station names. All matched stations will be displayed in the pull-down list for you to pick one from them.

<c> Select language. Use the pull-down button to select your preferred language.

Click the [Save] button to save the settings and you can enjoy the music as you wish next time.

13.     Refer to this document for operation instructions.

 

B.    Top 10 Station List

1.   Path of the present position. Click along the path to track back.

2.   Select the Genre or Region to see the Top 10 in the category.

3.   Play  /Stop    

Click the Play button to start playing the station. Click the Stop button to stop.

4.   Radio Station name. You may also click on the name to tune in this station.

5.   Radio Station ranking

6.   Press the mark to add the station to My Favorite. A red-heart mark means it has been added to My Favorite list.

7.   The most recently successful connection rate. The better signal it displays, the higher possibility to connect successfully.

8.   Home. Click to open the website of the station in another window.

9.   (Optional) Vote

Click  button in the pane of the station to recommend, and the button will turn to a solid smiling face . The votes of this station will increase.

Click  button in the pane of the station to discommend, and the button will turn to a solid frowning face . The votes of this station will decrease.

The voting will change immediately and refresh the ranking.

10.  (Optional) More Info. Click on the [ i ] mark to see the details of the Voting ranking, Most Listened, Featured stations in the following page.

 

a. The ranking from 1 to 100.

b. The number of recommending votes. This number will increase when you click the  button.

c. The number of discommending votes. This number will increase when you click the  button.

d. The net voting, which equals the recommending votes minus the discommending votes. The ranking is ordered by this number.

e. Most Listened. Indicate the radio stations which are the most frequently listened in one week.

f. Featured. Indicate the radio stations which have features and are recommended.

 

C.    (Optional) Internet Radio Station List

 

1.      Path of the present position. Click along the path to track back.

2.      Play  /Stop    

Click the Play button to start playing the station. Click the Stop button to stop.

3.      Radio Station Name. You may also click on the name to tune in this station.

4.      The most recently successful connection rate. The better signal it displays, the higher possibility to connect successfully.

5.      Click to open the website of the station in a new window.

6.      Country/Genre. In the station list categorized by genre, this column will display the country which this station locates. In the station list categorized by region, this column will display the genre of this station’s music.

7.      Transmission bitrate

8.      Press the mark to add the station to My Favorite. A red-heart mark means it has been added to My Favorite list.

9.      Vote

Click  button in the pane of the station to recommend, and the button will turn to a solid smiling face . The votes of this station will increase.

Click  button in the pane of the station to discommend, and the button will turn to a solid frowning face . The votes of this station will decrease.

The voting result from users all over the world will affect the ranking in the “Top 10” list. And the detailed information will show in the More Info list.

 

D.    Live Radio Area

 

1.   Station Name on playing.

2.   This dynamic label will show the name and information of the currently played radio station.

3.   Status: Play / Recording

4.   Recording time

5.   (Optional) Internet TV display window. It will automatically popup when you click to play. Please note that you might have to wait for a while when it’s connecting and buffering.

6.   (Optional) Full Screen for Internet TV

7.   Close window and stop playing

 

E.     Controlling Area

   

1.        Play   / Stop  

Click the Play button to play the radio and click the Stop button to stop.

2.        Minimize   / Finish the program

3.        (Optional) Record  / Stop recording

Click the Recording button to record the currently played radio station. You will be prompted to select the path and filename for the recorded file. Click the Stop Recording button to stop. Switching to play another station will also cause the recording process to stop.

Note: Because (1)network transmission might not be fast enough and (2)playing, encoding and writing at the same time consume a lot of computer resources, it is possible that playback becomes skipping or recorded file becomes not complete.

4.        Volume Control / Mute

High: Drag the bar to the right(+) 

Low: Drag the bar to the left (-)

Click  to Mute.

Click  to Voiced.

5.       (Optional) Timer Recording

Search for the station and select one from the list.

Choose when to start recording and the frequency (Daily or Once).

Select the folder to save the recorded file.

Then click the Down Arrow, your setting will be listed as a to-do task.

It will start recording at the time you specified.

Later on when you come back, the results are displayed at the bottom of the same page.

Note: Because (1)network transmission might not be fast enough and (2)playing, encoding and writing at the same time consume a lot of computer resources, it is possible that playback becomes skipping or recorded file becomes not complete.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

l          Product Terms:

1.      What are Internet Radio and TV?

2.      What is Kbps?

 

l          Installation and Limitation:

3.      Does the software need to be installed?

4.      Does it have any restriction on software and hardware?

5.      The security warning will pop out at the first time to ask whether to download the ActiveX Control - VBIRDPlayer.CAB. Will it be safe to download it?

 

l          Playback Issues:

6.      Why can’t it start automatically after plugging dongle into the USB port?

7.      Why does it fail to connect to all stations?

8.      Why does it fail to connect to some stations?

9.      Why is there some noise and broken sound during playing?

10. Can I tune in any station after unplugging the dongle?

 

l          Stations:

11. Why do some stations disappear suddenly?

12. Can I offer the internet radio/TV stations to the station list?

13. Will it update and get new stations regularly?

 

 

1.   Q: What are Internet Radio and TV?

A: Internet Radio/TV means that radio/TV stations distribute signal through Internet. As long as the computer connects to Internet, you will be able to listen to the radio/TV without any area limitation. You can enjoy the whole world music and TV programs from anywhere.

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2.    Q: What is Kbps?

A: Kbps means numbers of kilobytes which transferred per second. The bigger the number it shows the more data it transfers in one second. It means that acoustics will be better but also takes more bandwidth and more time to wait.

When it shows “--“, it means we don’t have the information so far.

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3.   Q: Does the software need to be installed?

A: No installation is needed, but downloading an ActiveX control file at the first time, or when we update it, is required. You only need to plug the dongle into the USB port and click [OK] when the player pops out automatically; then it will take few seconds to complete download. After that, you won’t need to download the file any more.

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4.   Q: Does it have any restriction on software and hardware?

A: Please refer to System Requirements.

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5.   Q: The security warning will pop out at the first time to ask whether to download the ActiveX Control - VBIRDPlayer.CAB. Will it be safe to download?

A : VBIRDPlayer.CAB is necessary for playing and recording. Please click [OK] to download the ActiveX Control file - VBIRDPlayer.CAB and be relieved to enjoy.

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6.   Q: Why can’t it start automatically after plugging dongle into the USB port?

A: Settings of each computer will depend on version, language, and user’s preferences. It will only provide service on computers with general settings. So if the program cannot start automatically, please check the follow settings.

   

(1) Please confirm the setting whether [Autoplay] service has been enabled. (Notice! Only XP Professional version can change Autoplay settings, please ignore this item if you are using XP Home version.) To enable, follow the steps:

i.    [Start] → [Run] → Open: gpedit.msc

ii.    Select [Computer Configuration] from left side of the window.

iii.    Expand folder and select [Administrative Templates].

iv.    Expand folder and select [System] if you are using Windows XP or Vista, or select [Windows Components] if you are using Windows 7. Then select [Turn off Autoplay] from right side of the window.

v.    Double click to change the setting to [Disabled]

                                       

Repeat from step<ii>, select [User Configuration] and continue step<iii> ~ <v>.

If you don’t want to change this setting, you may launch the program by double clicking the CD label which can be found on the disk list shown in [My Computer]

(2) If you plug it into a PC with Windows Vista OS, because of its security control for every software and hardware, the following windows will be prompted to ask your permission to execute. Please click “Run IRDApp.exe”. If you don’t want this window to jump out next time, please also check the “Always do this for software and games” box.

 

(3) Sometimes because of the over-loading or Operating System issue, your computer can’t recognize the dongle has been plugged in. Please remove the dongle and plug-in again. Or you may double click on the CD-ROM disk (labeled with the product name) from [My computer] to launch the program.

(4) If you plug-in the dongle before starting your computer, the Operating System won’t autorun the program. Please remove the dongle and plug-in again. Or you may double click on the CD-ROM disk (labeled with the product name) from [My computer] to launch the program.

 

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7.   Q: Why does it fail to connect to all stations?

A: This is probably due to the download failure of the ActiveX file. Please check the following items:

(1) Please make sure the product is legal.

(2) Please make sure that computer has been connected to internet, and the Windows Media Player version is 9 series or above.

(3) Please confirm your privilege to this computer is equal to Administrator.

(4) Please check the following items in [Internet Explorer] → [Tools] → [Internet options] → [Security] → [Custom level] are Enable or Prompt:

l          Download signed ActiveX controls

l          Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins

l          Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting

l          Allow previously unused ActiveX controls to run without prompt (for Vista only)

(5) In Internet Explorer, on the Tools menu, click Internet Options, click the Connections tab, click the LAN Settings button, and then clear the Automatically detect settings check box and do not set any proxy server.

(6) If above methods all fail, please follow the direction on the screen to download the file manually and install it.

If none of the above methods can solve the problem, please confirm whether your PC, the company or the Internet Service Provider has setup the firewall or Anti-Virus software to prevent streaming signal transmitting.

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8.   Q: Why does it fail to connect to some stations?

A: (1) Internet radio stations are usually nonprofit and low capital so they may take break sometimes or the bandwidth they provide is insufficient for too many people to connect in the same time. No need of numerous equipments is the characteristic of internet radio station so that the stations won’t need to invest a lot of money. Therefore most of them are nothing more than hosted by home office or students. So the connecting problem may occur sometimes. In order to avoid this problem, we also check the stations regularly to try to shift those suspended station out from the database.

(2) Some ports might be blocked by the firewall. Many companies have the network policy to restrict connections.

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9.   Q: Why is there some noise and broken sound during playing?

A: This is a portal of internet radio/TV to let users connect to the stations to get the streaming. Therefore, [Broken sound] might happen when bandwidth is insufficient or internetworking is congested. In this case, we suggest you choosing the stations with lower bit-rate (kbps), or adjust the buffer size of Window Media Player.

In the Windows Media Player, click the Tools Menu, select the Options choice, select the Performance tab, select the Buffer radio button, type a new value in the buffer text box from 1 - 60, for example 10, click the Apply and OK button. You're done.

You may need to do this more than once. Try increasing the buffer size in small increments until you find one that best balances performance and buffer times.

Noise could be caused by unstable sound quality provided by the station.

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10.        Q: Can I tune in any station after unplugging the dongle?

A: The program will be shut down automatically after unplugging the dongle, so you won’t be able to enjoy it any more. If you unplug it incautiously, please plug the dongle again and select History to get the station List which was just played. Click on the station to play. If you don’t want to remove/plug it every time, and have it always plugged, you can create a shortcut for it.

Find the .exe file on the drive associated with the dongle, right click on it, and select [Send To] -> [Desktop(Create shortcut)]. Then you will see an icon on the desktop. Double click on the shortcut can activate it.

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11.        Q: Why do some stations disappear suddenly?

A: To ensure all stations we provided are connectable, we will keep detecting all stations’ connection status. Once a station was detected as unreachable, we will remove it from all station lists, which include My Favorites and Top10 station lists.

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12.        Q: Can I offer the internet radio/TV stations to the station list?

A: Yes, you can do this by [Contact Us] -> [Add Stations] function from the menu at the left side. Please submit the station information like name, website, country and genre. We will process the information as soon as possible.

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13.        Q: Will it update and get new radio/TV stations regularly?

A: Yes! we will keep searching and updating new stations to the database. You will get the most up-to-dated station list every time you plug in the dongle.

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