Radio limitations incoming

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 13, 2012
Music and Video

Anyone still using to listen to Internet radio, keep up to date with music news, chat with the community or to scrobble music? The popular service just announced major changes for virtually all users of the service from mid-January 2013 on.

Users from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany, who previously were able to listen to Internet using the desktop client and the Internet site. If you are using the desktop client you won't be able to use it to stream Internet radio anymore unless you become a subscriber. The change is not affecting web radio which continues to be available as an ad supported version that is free and an ad-free version for subscribers of the service.

The desktop player will soon be relaunched in a new version that will feature a "vastly improved interface" and "support for more features" according to company representatives. All features that the desktop player makes available remain free with the exception of the aforementioned change to Internet radio.

Nothing changes for users from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Brazil who, like before, can use the desktop client or web interface to listen to radio provided that they are subscribers of the service.

Users from all countries not mentioned in the paragraphs above won't be able to use the radio streaming feature that makes available even if they are paying subscribers. All other services remain as is for users from these countries, but the loss of radio play is a serious blow for subscribers.

The service can't be offered anymore to users from these countries due to licensing restrictions according to While that may be part of the problem, the company also notes that it aims to "bring music to more people, when it can be done economically" which suggests that money economics must have played a role in the decision making process. subscribers from affected countries can ask for a refund if they have paid for a subscription longer than 30.-days in advance.

The company lists a couple of alternatives for users to explore, including Discover which provides access to independent artists and their music, for Spotify to combine the database of with the music streaming service Spotify, and a couple of third party sites that make available music for free.

Is this the end of or just an attempt to become profitable? I have no insights into the company's finances but from the looks of it, it appears that it may be in dire need to make changes to the service.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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