Update: I added a few stations and changed the registration to use the /allusers switch (so this will show up on Media Center Extender) so pay attention to the setup instructions below.
Coding Friday resulted in a little Windows Media Center Presentation Layer Web Application called Veronicas Radio, named after a Program Manager on the Windows Media Center team who came to me one day and said 'hey, it would be cool if I could have all of my favorite streaming radio stations in a customized UI, just for me'. At least I remember the conversation going something like that. Anywho...
I took the helix we did for the Q app (see http://play.mediacentersandbox.com/mcml/rc1/helix.mcml for the codeless version) and added a call to PlayMedia to create a streaming radio URI. After applying a Gaussian blur to one of the sample pictures which ship with Windows to represent a background (nice pink) and station images (culled / created from their respective websites) we now have something that looks like this in Windows Media Center...
You can install this web app to your Diamond RC1 machine as follows:
- Download http://play.mediacentersandbox.com/mcml/rc1/setup.veronicasradio.zip
- Unzip the contents to your local machine.
- Open a command prompt with Administrator priviledges.
- Run setup.veronicasradio.cmd.
- Launch Windows Media Center and Select ‘Veronicas Radio’ in Program Library.
We think it would be pretty cool to see what other mods or hacks folks could do with the helix. Hit this URL with IE > View Source: http://play.mediacentersandbox.com/mcml/rc1/veronicasradio.mcml, modify to your liking, post to your own web server, post an installer (everything you need is in the install download for Veronicas Radio) and let's see what neat mashups you can create.