Understanding Internet Radio


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Internet radio is an audio broadcasting medium that is similar to traditional radio. The only difference is that online radio is usually transmitted directly to computers or other similar devices via the internet.

There are a number of advantages that come with internet radio. The first advantage is that online radio comes with greater choices and varieties where the choices extend beyond basic genres such as pop and classic rock.

For example, if you like electronic music, you can choose ambient, trance, video game soundtracks and many more. In short, streaming radio is usually available for almost every taste.

Another advantage is that online radio has fewer advertisements. Unlike terrestrial radio stations that have higher costs of running, internet radio stations require lower costs of running thus they have fewer commercials.

In addition to having lower costs of running, the radio stations are usually supported by donations or subscriptions and as result they have fewer advertisements. The end result is that you enjoy your music without any interruption.

Another advantage is that you require minimal systems for you to listen to the radio stations. For example, all you need is a computer that can run any version of Mac Os, Linux, or windows and you will be able to listen to all of your favorite stations.

The final advantage of listening to online radio is that you tend to receive better sound quality. The reason for this is because internet radio is usually less compressed thus is has better sound quality.

To listen to internet radio you need to choose an internet radio website. If you want to listen to a specific channel you should select Live365. On the other hand if you want to create your own radio channel and playlist you should select Jango.

Once you have done this you should go ahead and search for channels by genre or name. You can sort the channels by genre on live365 or use the search boxes on the website to find a particular artist.

After finding your preferred channel you should click on it. Clicking on the channel starts the station automatically and you can listen to it for as long as you want.

When listening, you should note the details of the channel. For example you should note the name of the disc jockey, the location of the station and the connection speed that can support the station.

To stop the online radio streaming you should click on the “stop” button. You should note that there is no “pause” option because the radio is a live broadcast.