[asterisk-users] Streaming MoH from iHeart radio?

Glenn Geller (VDOPh) ggeller at vdo-ph.com
Wed May 16 16:34:13 CDT 2018

Hi Mike,

Technically, it's possible. It takes a bit of work to extract the right
stream links from the playlist file, and some services hide this from
sight, best they can.

We tried to do a similar thing, streaming smoothjazz.com radio through
Askerisk, as MOH.

What we found was that the way Asterisk works (or worked originally, when
we tested), it tries to open a new socket for each MOH "session", and
they'd see multiple sessions from our IP address, and eventually block the

What we did to alleviate this, was install a locally controlled Icecast
server used as a "relay", which pulls 1 stream from them, and allows us to
pull multiple streams (relays) from the server... never been blocked since.

As far as the legality is concerned, technically ANY music for "public
consumption" requires a performance license of some kind. However, as long
as they'e not a huge company, and just using for hold music, or internal
office music... should be fine.

Good luck!

*Glenn Geller*

*VDO-Ph International*

On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 8:02 AM Mike Diehl <mdiehlenator at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have a user who would like to stream their favorite radio station from
> iHeart radio for their music on hold.
> It this TECHNICALLY possible?  If so, any pointers would be appreciated.
> Is this LEGAL in the US?
> Thanks in advance,
> Mike.
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