UPDATE: October 2007 - BlogTalkRadio site has been totally updated.
This may not be a problem for some users, but after reading the BlogTalkRadio forum, there are users who are having problems listening to BlogTalkRadio LIVE with a Mac. I decided to test a live broadcast out Wednesday evening and found it wasn't a click away to listen, but took four hours of research to find the right combination of programs to do it.
My husband's Mac was set up to just click on a live program and it worked. So we had to find out the combination of software to make it work on my Mac. I have the latest Windows Media Player for Mac and Flip4Mac WMV. That was not enough to play the live broadcast. What made it work for my Mac was installing VLC Media Player for Mac OS X. (the latest version, not older ones, which had problems) The software is free at this link.
I had no problems listening to live broadcast before, it's just BlogTalkRadio does take a different combination of software to make it work on a MAC. So for you listeners having issues, I hope this might help. Happy Listening...
Follow up: I had a message saying if I had FIREFOX installed on my Mac, I wouldn't have had this problem. I had FIREFOX since it first came out and have updated it regularly. Just to be clear, I was using the latest FIREFOX with the latest Media Player for Mac and Flip4Mac (even tried it with other browsers) during the test, and it would not play any of the live BTR programs. When we decided to load VLC, that is when it finally played the live streams. So FIREFOX alone was not the answer. Not anybody has the same system, but this was the first time I had any problems listening to a live broadcast on the internet. Just hope to answer the question for others who run into the same problem. Thanks for your message... - L
Follow up 2 - Well, I had a rush of emails on this today. I had some of the same problems as you. For MAC, Firefox is the best browser I have seen for the PROGRAMMING GUIDE page (where the LIVE shows are listed). Safari doesn't work right on that page (it needs to be fixed), as all the information is pushed together on the right hand side. And yes the link to the live programming page doesn't scream at you, but sits quietly with other links on a bar of links. Maybe it should say LIVE or ON AIR NOW. Anyway, it appears to be very popular and will grow and improve with time.