I, quite unashamedly, like Christmas songs. Of course that only applies at Christmas and no earlier than 1st December. The problem is that it seems to be really hard to find decent Christmas song compilations – most contain all the most well known versions of older songs with only a few different here and there which means you end up hearing the same tunes over and over again.

The answer to this problem is the excellent Christmasfm.ie which is a charity radio station broadcasting in Ireland and on the net during December, playing a far larger selection of Christmas songs than you could hope to have in your personal collection. The only problem I had was that I wanted it playing in the lounge on my decent system, rather than my PC in the study. The simple answer should be to point the PS3 web browser at www.christmasfm.ie and it would all just work, and sadly we know that things are never that easy. Help is at hand though, and there is another sloution.

I have a server running PS3 Media Server (PSM) sharing various media items (video, audio, images) to the PS3, and it also will stream content off the net. So all you have to do is add the following to WEB.conf in your PMS main folder:

#shoutcast
audiostream.Web,Radios=Christmas FM,http://217.115.113.212:8000

You should then see a “Christmas FM” item under the Audio->Web->Radios menu.

Merry Christmas!