The folks at www.marketplace.org use PHP to generate a thing that is supposed to tell RealPlayer which Akamai server to talk to (isn't Akamai supposed to do that transparently?).
The PHP puts in some extra line breaks though, and my RealPlayer barfs on it. So, out comes the Perl. I write a CGI wrapper to get the PHP output, create some SMIL content, and throw that back at my browser.
use LWP::Simple qw(get);
my $data = get( "http://marketplace.publicradio.org/play/current_mp.php" );
$data =~ s/^\s*|\s*$//g;
<meta name="title" content="Marketplace"/>
Now the major disappointment sets in. Firefox apparently ignore the content type and tries to save the file. I have to resort to the old Internet Explorer kludge of adding
Still, it works, and that's all I need.