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“How to Make the Most of Internet Radio”
Understanding Internet Radio
Internet radio stations (or web radio) are defined as real-time or archived broadcasts of public radio stations, which an individual can listen to and enjoy on their own time. However, there are other web radio programs such as iHeartRadio, ChoiceRadio and SHOUTcast that are intended to be directly used in correspondence with the Internet.
Installing a Player onto Your Computer
In order to listen to the radio online, you need to install or download a player, such as Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, and QuickTime. Windows Media Player provides immediate access to a number of radio “stations”. Some of these stations include genres such as Latin, Christian Hits, Jazz, Americana and Roots, or Rap & Hip Hop.
Cost of Internet Radio
Internet radio, for the most part, provides free music to users. The stations available through Windows Media Player are free, and in addition to Windows Media Player, Pandora offers free music as well, after you sign up and provide your e-mail address. Some companies offer premium services for music through payments and fees, which provide users with better quality music, exclusive content, and commercial-free listening.
Internet Radio on the Web
The web provides many Internet radio websites such as the following:
- iHeartRadio.com (also available as a free Smartphone App)
Pandora is unique in that it allows the user to tell the site what their favorite musician, composer or song is, register for free, and then Pandora develops a radio station, similar to a playlist, specifically tailored to the individual.
Additionally, individuals can access most of their favorite “traditional” radio stations through the Internet. Currently, major music stations provide websites where users can listen to music and a broadcast in real time, no matter what the user’s location is. Bing provides individuals with the ability to type in their station’s call sign(Example: 100.7), open the station’s website, and then click on a link that says Listen Live or Streaming, which allows the user to hear the station in real time. iHeartRadio is owned by Clear Channel and allows users to access their favorite Clear Channel radio stations from anywhere in the world on their computer and smartphone.