Knowledge Base Article: KB2503
Topic: FAQ - RadioSparx - Website Player, R-Box Pearl, RS-PLAY, and Playback Issues

Title: How to automatically launch a station, custom schedule or login


Last Reviewed: Aug 01, 2014
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How To Automatically Launch a Station, Custom Schedule or Login

With RadioSparx, you can launch the site in a browser with a specific URL structure, passing in certain URL parameters to cause the automatic playing of either a particular station or the currently active custom schedule, or force an automatic login.


To play a specific station, launch it like this:

    http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/pl.1  (This would play the Pop Vocals station, i.e. pl = 1) 
    http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/pl.643  (This would play the Fashion House station, i.e. pl = 643) 

* NOTE:  This does not work on an iPad due to Apple's disabling of auto-play capabilities on an iPad.  While using the station launching techniques below will scroll the desired station into view, you must still click on the station for it to commence playback.  RadioSparx has no control over this deliberate engineering limitation implemented by Apple and we cannot circumvent it.


To play a custom schedule:

    http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/schedule.true  (This will launch a user's active schedule to play, if there is one activated for the user.)

    Or to launch a specific schedule that you have created under your account:

    http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/sch.1  (This will launch a specific Schedule ID = 1)

    http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/schedule.true  (This will launch whatever schedule is configured and active for the user's account)

    Note:  If the schedule is not yet activated, by specifying the Schedule ID, this syntax will activate the schedule.

* NOTE:  The same iPad limitation applies to custom schedules as well, as explained above in red.


To force site login via URL call:

    http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/u.123456/p.mypassword  (This would login with username=123456 and password=mypassword)

To force site logout via URL call:

    http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/logout.true

You can combine a login with a station or custom schedule launch:

    http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/u.123456/p.mypassword/schedule.true   (This logs in and plays the currently active custom schedule)


How To Find the Playlist ID for Any Station

To launch a particular station, you need to know its Playlist ID value.  You can find this by clicking the Stations option on the top menu, then hover over any station and it will display that station's Playlist ID value.  Or to find the ID of a Custom Schedule, go into the Custom Schedule option and on the right side of the table list of schedules, you will see the ID column.


How To Automatically Launch a Browser to Play On Windows Startup (Windows Only)

You can configure Windows to automatically launch a browser and play a station upon Windows startup and login.  This technique can automatically launch either a particular station or the currently configured schedule, if there is one defined and activated.  To do this for any computer, right click on the desktop and create a new shortcut and make the location simply be a URL, like this:

To launch a station:
http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/u.YourClientID/p.YourPassword/pl.1   (this will launch the Pop Mix Vocals station)

To launch the active schedule:
http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/u.YourClientID/p.YourPassword/schedule.true

Then right click on the startup folder (under all programs) and select open.  Then drag and drop the shortcut from your desktop into the startup folder.  This will make it launch that URL every time Windows starts up.


Launch The Site in a Language Other Than English

To force the site to launch in a particular language, include a "googlangid" language URL parameter, with a two-character language code.  You can combine the "googlangid" parameter with all of the other parameters above.  See the full list of possible language codes here.  
Unfortunately Google won’t actually index the site in any language other than English, since the native site is actually in English and only translates to any foreign language in real time when a client surfs it, but at least if you advertise the site in search engines, you can make the URL that the client gets to be translated by default into a particular language, if desired.

For example, to launch the site in Russian:  http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/googlangid.ru
For example, to launch the site in Spanish:  http://www.radiosparx.com/default.cfm/googlangid.es

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