Spotify + PS3 Media Server = Spotify streaming to PS3 (and probably Xbox 360)

Wow, think that is the longest title I’ve had on this blog. At least now you should know what this post will be about. I’ve had Spotify for a while now and I’m pretty pleased with it, sadly my speakers on my computer isn’t that good, so I needed to find a way to stream it to my sound system. I tried first a program called JamCast which was super easy, but sadly it costs $30 which I think is a bit much for what I need it for (plus I’ve heard that I could use other programs to do the same for free). So I kept on searching till I found this easy guide on a Norwegian blog over at blogspot.com. So I thought I should post the same guide just in English in case someone was searching for help to find it out. So follow these easy step for streaming of you Spotify. You need of course a PS3, Spotify installed, and PS3 Media Server (also installed);

  1.  First you need to download DSBridge which is the tool that let you stream music between Spotify and PS3Media Server. Inside the DSBridge folder you’ll find the files dsbridge.ini and dsound.dll. These should go into your Spotify installation folder (mine was located here: ”C:\Users\<userName>\AppData\Roaming\Spotify”).
  2. Then you need to get another .dll file from the free Lame encoder. The lame_enc.dll should also go into the Spotify-folder.
  3. Next step (is maybe the hardest step?) is to edit PS3 Media Server profile which you’ll find in a PMS folder (mine was located here: “C:\ProgramData\PMS”). The file to edit is WEB.conf and you need to add following in it;

    #shoutcasts
    audiostream.Web,Radios=Spotify,http://localhost:8124,http://www.spotify.com/wp-content/themes/spotify/images/header/logo.png

    There may be some problems with editing the file, and the easiest is just to copy the file to the desktop and edit it there, then copy it back.

  4. Next you need to do is restart PS3 Media Server and Spotify. The rest is just to start playing songs from Spotify. They will be streamed to the Spotify “radio” under Radios on your PS3.

Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. You can find all the files you need here: spotify stream

Update: If you have problems finding the Web-folder, check out Herbert Mayer comment:

For everyone for whom the “WEB” folder does not show up in the PS3: As Spooky Squeek already said, you have to copy the WEB.conf into the %PROGRAMDATA%\PMS (for Vista & Win7) or %APPDATA%\PMS (for Win XP) – just copy the path into the explorer and you should be able to find them. Afterwards it should work just fine.

Found the Info on the PSM Forum: http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3507&p=32731#p32731

Update 2: Is “the data type is unsupported”? Kuchen has the solution:

After much trial & error have found the fix to re-enable web audio streams defined in WEB.CONF file:

  1. Disable VLC [click on plug icon and status of VLC engine will change to red X] under Video Files Engine in the Transcoding Settings Tab
  2. Save settings
  3. Stop/Restart PS3MS
  • subfusc

    Just an other way kind open source programmers enhance your life. ;)

    • http://www.2k3.org Kyrre Havik Eriksen

      hehe, indeed. Although I found out using a phono-cable was much easier and cheaper :p

      • subfusc

        Well, TBH, if Microsoft, Sony or Apple made it, you can be damn sure it won’t be easy integrating it with $other_vendor_product

  • Booo

    So you have to install the PS3 radio to the PS3 Media server, before it all works, right?

    • http://www.2k3.org Kyrre Havik Eriksen

      Not sure, I think it’s already installed. At least I can’t remember installing it.

  • lala

    For some reason I can’t get it to work, I’ve followed the steps but it’s still not showing up

  • Spooky Squeeek

    Lala, I was having trouble and found I was missing a step. The WEB.conf file needs to be saved to the ps3mediaserver’s profile folder, “C:ProgramDataPMS”. Once I did that the Web folder showed up and everything worked great.

    • Jjahsg

      Thank You!! This fixed it for me

  • Stayfloating

    I did this ALL step by step until i got to editing the WEB.conf file in the PMS folder; first off I moved to desktop for editing at which time it said u cannot have symbols like “/ :;”etc etc.  I tried to rename in the file itself which worked but left before mentioned symbols out.  I can’t see how I’m doing this wrong based on what is written above; I followed to the T I thought.  Is it not “rename”ing of the file I’m doing and is something else?  Really frustrating cause it’s the last step…help please?

    • Stayfloating

       also i dont have “radios” on ps3???

    • http://www.2k3.org Kyrre Havik Eriksen

      Just to clarify, you don’t rename the file the quoted text, that goes “inside” the file.

  • Mark Kremers

    Thanks! Think i’ll post a dutch version of this on my own blog (http://www.plixa.nl)

    • http://www.2k3.org Kyrre Havik Eriksen

      Sadly, not as I know.

  • Sschafi1

    I did everything and the Radios folder is there and I can access the Spotify app, but it doesn’t play anything and then gives me a “the data type is unsupported” message.  Any ideas?

    • http://www.2k3.org Kyrre Havik Eriksen

      Sorry, not really. It’s a long time since I’ve looked at this.

    • Ggg

      I got the same error. I just restarted both spotify and ps3 media server and then it worked :D

    • Kuchen

      After much trial & error have found the fix to re-enable web audio streams defined in WEB.CONF file:
      1. Disable VLC [click on plug icon and status of VLC engine will change to red X] under Video Files Engine in the Transcoding Settings Tab
      2. Save settings
      3. Stop/Restart PS3MS

      hope this helped

      • Dqreed

        thank you Kuchen it worked for me! :))

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004084598850 Gemma Louise

    is there not a way to play your playlist straight from spotify to ps3 with out using the radio station?

  • Drapednwhite

    I had a problem while trying to save the new file after the text edit. It said I did not have permission to save. Any ideas?

    • http://www.2k3.org Kyrre Havik Eriksen

      I remember having similar problems, I ended up making a copy that I edited, and then move it to the correct folder afterwards, then overwriting the original file.

  • http://twitter.com/ytterdal Peter

    THANK YOU!

  • B295973

    I cant find the WEB folder, I have the ps3mediaserver though.

    • http://www.2k3.org Kyrre Havik Eriksen

      There is no web folder, only a WEB.conf file you are supposed to edit.

  • Martin

    Followed the instructions perfectly but I get “This type of data
    is not supported” when I attempt to stream the audio. Spotify shows as ‘radio’ on the PS3 so it’s definitely connected OK. Please advise.

  • LuckyLML3

    This is awesome.  Thank you!  Only problem I’m having is that if I switch songs or pause on Spotify, the PS3 will play the rest of the, I guess, buffer before it switches songs, even though it has switched on the computer.   Is there anyway to fix that?

    • http://www.2k3.org Kyrre Havik Eriksen

      Hi. Your welcome. I’ve also noticed the latency problem, but sadly I didn’t find a way to fix it. Sorry.

  • Brad

    Thank you so much. This makes the ps3 such a better device!

  • Carlos

    I followed various Guides but this is the only one that works for me.. Thank You!!! Sharing…

  • Tobias

    Thanks!

  • Stephanie H

    Its odd I got Spotty working on my TV . Then i tried writing a guide how to do it in another forum, and now it doesnt work ! :D how odd isnt that?

  • Stephanie H

    Okey lol I found another way to play Spotty . In PMS don’t disable VLC . On PS3 goto PS3 Media Server – Radios – # –Transcode –# – Spotify – [VLC Web Radio (Legacy)] . Got alittle white text VLC Legacy into bottom left corner.. but music does play :)