The Era of Internet Radio

The Era of Internet Radio

Radio has been an integral part of one’s life since the invention of electronic communication. Listening to the radio is a common occurrence, whether doing household chores, stuck in traffic, or even at work. Everyone has their favourite show hosts and presenters. Radio's convenience holds up against other technologies such as television.

Most technologies, including the cable television, and also voice phone calls, have fallen out of favour as the Internet has matured. Fortunately for radio, the new platform was very simple to use, resulting in various radio stations offering live streaming of their stations. 

Most people still love listening to radio stations, especially now that they are available on the internet, as opposed to cable television. The internet differs from broadcast radio in that it uses an IP address for transmitting audio, the process known as streaming. Users can then listen to radio by visiting this IP address in a web browser.

6 Reasons Why Internet Radio is Gaining Immense Recognition

Internet radio has gained immense recognition for a couple of reasons such as,
• Variety and Choice- The greatest strength of Internet radio is the different types of stations available. Pop and classic rock is not the only genres available on the internet radio. 

If you enjoy 1980s music, you can listen to everything from hip-hop to new wave. You can listen to ambient, trance, video game soundtracks, and more if you enjoy electronic music. Almost any taste, regardless of how obscure, can find a streaming radio station.
• Minimum Ads- The cost to run Internet radio stations are high, yet they are far higher than those of a terrestrial radio station. In comparison to a terrestrial radio station that must broadcast steady streams of commercials to pay the bills, Internet radio stations typically broadcast very few commercials. Some Internet radio stations are funded by subscriptions or donations— or play some royalty-free music — and do not broadcast commercials.
• Accessibility- There is no geographical boundary to Internet Radio because it can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. While receiving a broadcast from a terrestrial radio station requires you to be relatively close to it, such restrictions do not apply to the Internet. One can listen to Internet radio stations no matter where they are. Most terrestrial radio stations also offer online streaming of their broadcasts.
• Nominal System Requirements- Since the late 1990s, Internet radio has existed, and the needs for listening to streaming radio stations have remained virtually unchanged. You can listen to Internet radio if you have a computer that can run any Mac OS, Windows, or Linux’s version. 

Generally, you can listen to streaming music online using software that is already installed on the computer. Additionally, non-PC devices like video game consoles, PDAs, and mobile phones can listen to streaming radio stations.
• Sound Quality- Interference & environmental factors affect terrestrial radio. A radio signal can be lost in bad weather or while driving through the tunnel, for instance. Furthermore, radio sound is compressed heavily for reducing the effect of the high-volume passages & to make quiet passages easier to hear. Although dial-up modem users can access lower-bandwidth Internet radio stations, Internet radio often is less compressed & closer to CD quality.
• Learn Foreign Languages- Many foreign nationals have claimed that listening to the internet radio station has helped them learn new languages. People from the non-English speaking countries can listen to English stations because they are not limited by geography. The same can be said for a variety of other languages. Music & programming in a variety of languages are also available via Internet radio. Students learning a foreign language will benefit from these resources.

The Future of Internet Radio

Is internet radio the wave of the future? Internet radio stations, according to marketing and media reports, will play a pivotal part in our future. They will change the way we obtain information & consume entertainment.

There was a time when listening to the radio was restricted to electronic devices with FM/AM receivers. Radio is now accessible on every connected device, thanks to the Internet.

Web radio stations, and simulcasts for traditional broadcasters, are available on smart TVs, smartphones, smart speakers, car infotainment systems, and other devices.

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