For Your Listening Pleasure

From the mailbag…

Q: Can you do a post with a guide to streaming a local set of MP3s to the device?

Do you have to download a special channel or do you go through pandora or something? I haven’t ever tried anything for just music

Thanks again
The Sheriff

The easiest way to play music on a Roku is to add a channel.  There are a number of channels for internet sourced music…

  • iHeartRadio
  • Pandora
  • SHOUTcast Internet Radio
  • Slacker
  • Spotify
  • TuneIn Radio

If your Roku has a usb port, you can plug a thumb drive or usb disk into that and play media directly off the usb drive.  The Roku supports the following formats…

  • Video — MKV (H.264), MP4 (H.264)
  • Music — AAC, MP3
  • Photo — JPG, PNG

The Roku USB channel (in the Channel Store) organizes the files as music, movies, and photos displaying only the file types it can play.  In Photo or Music, press the Play button to initiate continuous play.  Fast Forward and Rewind navigate the playlist.  The channel supports repeat all and shuffle.  Nowhere USB is another usb drive file player.  With Nowhere USB, you can play videos continuously.  PlayUSB remembers where you left a movie so you can resume later.

If your Roku does not have a usb port, or of you want to play your media library on multiple Rokus, you can stream media from a server using Roksbox ($12.50), Plex ($0), or MyMedia.

Hope that answers your question.


6 comments on “For Your Listening Pleasure

  1. Good site! Came over from Slickdeals where you posted some info on the recent Roku sale on 1saleaday. Keep up the good work!

  2. Just a quick comment on using Roxsbox to stream local media: It works great (after configuration that may be easy or difficult, depending on how your desktop computer is setup), but it doesn’t understand playlist files (m3u,pls, xspf), which means that your tracks will be available, but none of those hard-worn playlists you’ve been building over the years will work!

    Instead of being compatible, Roxsbox uses its own “xml” playlist format, and I haven’t been able to find ANYTHING, that will convert the known xml playlist format (xspf) to Roxsbox’s weird one. So be warned: If you use playlists, you’ll be doing a lot of hand xml coding!

  3. Hello.. is it possible to be streaming, for example, TuneIn Radio in the background while having a slideshow of my own photos running as a screensaver? Similar to the WD Live TV capability..

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