I downloaded a .pls file for an online radio, but I can't open it. Winamp, VLC player all fail when opening, and A Online Radio which according to the description can open this type doesn't show up in the "open with this" list.

What are my options?

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    Seems you have to wait a bit. Checking the description of AStream Media Streamer, it says it will soon implement support for pls (playlist files) which no app in the market currently can handle. I searched, and in fact could not find any such app. Not sure if copy-pasting the URL(s) included with the .pls file would be any help...
    – Izzy
    Nov 16, 2012 at 13:55
  • I pasted the url from the file into the app but it didn't work either. I'll wait for the update, thanks.
    – R R
    Nov 16, 2012 at 18:15
  • Was worth a try. Crossing fingers they really make this update. Often enough something was to come "real soon now" (and never appeared at all)...
    – Izzy
    Nov 16, 2012 at 21:53

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Just tested and ServeStream can open .pls files to play online radio (looks like DeadBeeF Player and Stream Furious can as well.. When you click on the .pls link it should be an option to open with after it is installed.

Opening a web-linked .pls:

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Then ServeStream opens the .pls file:

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Since .pls is just a playlist file with the location to the real audio files you could try to convert it to other playlist files and see if you can open them. Examples are .asx and .m3u.

If you open the .pls file with a text editor, you should be able to see the location to the sound url(s). If it is a single url, you could try to copy/paste that one into a streaming client.


you can try to search for the streaming url and open it directly with this app: radio. After that you can add the link to favorites so that you'll not have to type it every time


Try open it with RadioNerd, it is quite easy to use and battery-saving :)

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