How To Listen to FIP

You lucky, lucky people! There are lots of fantastic ways you can tune in to the delights of FIP.

Here’s a few ways.


Listen Via iPhone

There’s a really nice Fip app in the App Store which you can download for free. It works really well on both wifi and 3G (we know because we’ve been running it for ages!)

Listen Via The Internet


The lovely people at Fip are so good to us. They’ve made their own little player that you can download for your PC, Mac, Windows Mobile or iPhone. Doesn’t it look lovely? We’ve tried it on our office PC’s and we love it. It’s quite safe to download so don’t worry about finding nasty surprises.

You can download it from the Fip website here or if you want the full link to click it’s Thanks to Robert Douglas for letting us know about this.

Listen Via Satellite

FIP is available on the following satellites;

  • Astra 19° E
  • Hotbird 13.0° E
  • Atlantic Bird 3 5° W

We’ve been doing some research on the various satellite feeds recently and having listened to both Hotbird and Atlantic simultaneously, we found that Atlantic Bird 3 does not carry the Paris traffic reports or the occasional back announcements about the music that’s being played. So there!

News Flash!
Interruption to FIP on Satellite
10th July 2008

As from the 1st of July 2008 FIP has been unavailable on the Astra and Hotbird satellites. This is apparently due to Canal Plus demanding a substantial increase in fees for carrying the Radio France services on their channels at renewal of contract negotiations. Services may be resumed at a future date subject to agreement.

FIP is still available by satellite on the Atlantic Bird 3 at 5 degrees west, and via the Internet.

The French text of the Radio France announcement is here:

It seems that the instructions below no longer work. We’ve tried the old radio player and the new Internet Radio application from Nokia, but neither of them will stream. Does anybody have a way of getting it to work?? Nobody here can get it going :(

Listen on the Nokia E Series Mobile Phone

If you’re really technically minded and if you have a Nokia E-series device – Nokia E50, E60, E61, E61i, E62, E65, E70 and E90 you can listen to FIP using Nokia’s Open Source Internet Radio Client and a *GREAT* PLS file.

The pls file contains about 75 radio stations and is being constantly updated.

It is available for download here.

Just download the file and transfer it to your shoutcast directory.

You might need restart the radio application before the new PLS file is recognized and shows up.

For those who want to listen to FIP and France Inter, just create a PLS file with the following:


Listen on the Nokia N95 Mobile Phone

If you have a Nokia N95 mobile phone you can also listen to FIP using Nokia’s Open Source Internet Radio Client and a PLS file.

A handy tip: Install the 2 programs onto your memory card. You can then access the shoutcast directory

Just create the pls file and transfer it to your shoutcast directory.

You might need restart the radio application before the new PLS file is recognized and shows up.

If you have a wireless LAN you can then stream through your phone all over the house!

20 comments on “How To Listen to FIP

  1. Hi Super FIP

    I like going to Komedia to see you guys but oh dear me ! the Studio is crap, too small, always something wrong with the soundsystem and the sound system is not good enough for your lovely tunes. Also often too busy at bar to get a drink ! why cant they give you a bigger space ?

    Does my old friend Pierre Lauer still work for in Paris at Radio France ?

    Thanks for lovely station



  2. FIP stopped to broadcast its program on Astra satellite because of to high fees asked from Canalsat to retransmit. It maybe also due to the fact that the actual French president don’t really like the public media and he’s cutting its finances like suppressing on public TV the advertising income.

    It’s possible to receive worldwide FIP via Internet streaming with a good quality under this link:

    Free media player like VLC are able to read this streaming on all operating system:

    Don’t put everything into your hears!

  3. I anyone has an iPhone, you can get FIP over WiFI, 3G or EDGE by using one of the internet radio clients. I’ve just downloaded allRadio (available from the AppStore). From this you can chose FIP from the list of over 2000 on-line sites – and so listen to FIP anywhere you have mobile or wi-fi coverage (if you’re listening on mobile, make sure you have one of the flat data tariffs, or you’ll find yourself with a pretty high bill…).

  4. Like Alexandra, I’m a very very old friend of Pierre Lauer and I can tell her that Pierre does not work more for FIP from various years. £After numerous problems he was retired and, one day, he went away very far from France, in South Africa where, I think, he lives with his ex-wife. I have no more news from him and his friends don’t know where he is now. I’ll be very happy to have some news and I would want to write him. If anybody knows…
    Pierre Jacquin.

    • Gosh its 2012 and I have only just got back to this site quite by chance and seen your message re Pierre Lauer, a m a z i n g …. his ex-wife was called Nelly if it is the same lovely woman who used to have the loveliest arty shop in Latin Quarter, going regular to get her artefacts from the East.

      They used to live in Porte St Ouen in top floor flat with an amazing roof terrace … such memories. I must make an effort when next in Paris to do some research.

      Anyway they used to love the warm weather so good for them if they are in SA !!

      With Best wishes

      07885 190644

  5. I love FIP! As Brightonian living in the frozen north of Canada this is a welcome relief and brings a bit of warmth to those cold winter nights. Not sure how I can get the track listings with the 128k stream you listed above? Cute website!

  6. Hello,

    I have been listening to FIP for as long as can remeber on 565 KHZ with a high performane communications receiver and directional antenna.

    Summer is good but winter not so.

    I have recently gone over to internet via 32bit streaming. This is OK but I run a laptop on a boat through “3G” mobile phone connection which sometimes cuts out during “peak” internet period usage.

    I have tried to listen via the main page “ecouter” button. However, I cannot get anything this way. The button appears dead, ie doesn’t depress.

    Does this page need any Java, Active-X or Windows service settings switched on to work?

    Would appreciate your help.

    Kind regards,

    David Dillingham.

    • Hi David,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      We’ve just tried the “Ecouter” button and it brings up a pop up window with the player which works ok.

      We’re using Firefox here.

      Otherwise, we can’t help here but I’m sure that somebody out there will know the answer!


      The Love Fip Team

  7. Hey! German wikipedia states fip is back on astra since january 20th 2009!
    I don’t have an up-to-date channel list for my sat-receiver to check it right now, but wouldn’t that be great news?

    12207 V / tp 90 / CanalSat France

    Greetings from Germany,

  8. Thank you for the link to FIP—
    I found plenty of links that did not work online!
    Now we have FIP back in our lives.

    Caitlin Maynard

  9. We’ve been trying to get the N95 streaming to work, but neither the internet radio player or Nokia’s own one will work :(

    Does anybody have any ideas? Does it work for you? Please let us know :)

  10. Does anyone know if there is a mobile phone internet radio app for the Samsung Tocco that I could use for FIP please? Thanks

  11. Thank you for the info Rob.
    Sorry we haven’t replied for a while but we’ve all been on holiday :D
    We’ve updated the page to reflect your info :)

  12. Just been introduced to the delights of FIP by my Brighton-dwelling sister, I enjoy it so much it’s going to make me buy an iPhone so I can listen to it anywhere. Just been trying out the Applications listed above by Rob Douglas, and it works fine on my Mac, but when I try to run it on Windows XP, I get the error: “Application failed to initialize properly(0xc0000135)…” Anyone else seen this, and anyone know a way round it?

  13. Hi. Don’t know about the app on Windows,
    but even on mac it never worked for me propperly.
    But on mac one doesn’t need it, since on safari you have the option “copy to dashboard”. So, you go on the fip en direct page and just choose the part of the window with has been/now/next and then that could be copied to the dashboard.
    Anytime you hit the dashboard now, the recent & upcomming track is displayed (pretty much like a rss-feed).

    On windows, for fip, there is another than the original fip widget available.
    That one:

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