I would very much appreciate if the next version of Volumio could provide playback support for HLS audio/radio streams.
Since February this year the BBC demised its legacy infrastructure and replaced it with ‘Apple friendly’ HLS streaming kit.
Initially they hid the underlying URL’s as their intention was for users to use a device/PC and a flash enabled player. However it did not take long for smart people on the net to work out the URL’s. For example for BBC Radio 2 96kbps International stream:
What the playlist returns:
as-hls-ww-live.bbcfmt.vo.llnwd.n … _length=24
Currently my Volumio/Pi sits idle and I am forced to use tunein on an iPod Touch to playout my favourite radio station (BBC R2).
Finally, the BBC have said that they will also support DASH from the Summer (which is now over in the UK) so if HLS is a none starter DASH support would work in the near term.