shell-fm, tee and vlc are just good enough:
extern = command
On some platforms, Shell.FM is still unable to play streams properly. This option enables you to use Shell.FM for stream control, but use another player for the playback. The stream will
be written to STDIN of the external player.
OK then, let’s edit our
in order to tell it to send its mp3 output
tee which takes the data, writes it to the file last.fm.mp3 and passes a copy of the data to the STDIN which is then grabbed by vlc and played through (to stop the system I prefer to stop vlc first and then shell-fm):
$ shell-fm lastfm://artist/Brad+Mehldau/similarartists Shell.FM v0.4, (C) 2007 by Jonas Kramer Published under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) Press ? for help. Receiving . Now playing "Ron's Place" by Brad Mehldau. VLC media player 0.8.6e Janus libdvdnav: Using dvdnav version 0.1.10 from http://dvd.sf.net libdvdread: Encrypted DVD support unavailable. libdvdread: Can't stat - No such file or directory libdvdnav: vm: faild to open/read the DVD  main playlist: stopping playback $ ls -l last.fm.mp3 -rw-r--r-- 1 cas cas 800K 2009-02-12 20:08 last.fm.mp3
PS: Don’t forget to check Emacs mode for shell-fm.