|How To Listen|
|Please note that this informaton has recently changed - see below.|
Our website has recently been upgraded to a 'Progressive Web App'. This means that (providing you are using an up-to-date modern browser (Chrome, Edge 10, etc), you can save the site as an App on mosts PCs and mobiles. To do this, look at the browser's menu (or the three dots at the top, depending on the version) and look for an option like 'save as an app', or 'save to home screen'. 2XS Rocks will then be saved to your Apps drawer. As far as which browser to use is concerned, most (not Firefox) are now variants of the open-source Chromium. Opera is nicely designed, has ad protection, and is European. There's also the ubiquitous Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge for those who don't mind the U.S. giants following them everywhere. Epic, with its built-in VPN, is excellent for greater security and privacy, but is not very customisable. They all work well on Android mobiles.
On the move (car, bus, train)
As above, using your smartphone or other device, you can listen via this website, which automatically becomes a mobile-friendly App on phones and tablets. Audio streams only use a modest amount of data, but ensure your mobile package includes enough. In the car, plug the audio into the auxiliary socket and you'll be impressed by our sound quality: it's much better than DAB radio stations.
What about Tune-in, etc?
We'd ask you to avoid sites like TuneIn, Audials, vTuner, etc, if possible. They are aggregator 'parasites' who relay stations' broadcasts without payment, and then sell music based on the song lists from their output. For this reason, we no longer include song information in our streams, but it's always available here.
At home with an Internet Radio -
If you have broadband and wifi, you can listen to 2XS without using your PC, just like with FM or DAB. There are loads of excellent all-rounders with coverage of all bands, but be wary of devices just branded as 'digital radio' as they often only have DAB; make sure it has 'Internet Radio'. In December 2020, we upgraded our broadcasts to 'secure streams'. Most database sites have now updated our details, but you might need to switch off your radio at the power supply, wait a few seconds, power it on again and then refresh the station list. If this doesn't work, visit the manufacter's website and ask them to update our details. If your radio allows you to add a 'stream' of your own, add us as '2XS Rocks' and enter this URL: solid67.streamupsolutions.com:15548/2XS. Please also be aware that radios which use the Reciva system will stop working after 31 January 2021, as Reciva is closing down.
At home with a PC
Just listen with the 'Play' link at the top of this page. If you prefer, you can also use standalone players like Foobar2000, MusicBee, VLC, iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc, by using the link in hte perevious paragraph, or by right-clicking here and choosing <Save link as>.
Don't forget to connect the audio output of your device to your stereo system to hear us in superb near-cd quality. You'll probably need a "3.5mm minijack-to-phono/RCA" cable for home use, or a "3.5mm minijack-to-3.5mm minijack" for the 'auxiliary' socket in your car.