Internet Radio - What is Internet Radio and How to Listen to It

Internet Radio is Actually More 'Streaming Audio' and Less 'Radio'

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Internet Radio

Definition: Internet Radio - Internet Radio describes a technical achievement which allows audio to be digitized and split into small pieces for transmission across the Internet. The ultimate effect is to create the illusion of "radio". The audio is "streamed" through the Internet from a server in one location and reassembled on the listener's end by a software player on a computer or Internet Radio receiver.

Internet Radio is not really radio by the traditional definition but an incredible simulation.

Internet Radio

This term also describes the conglomeration of streaming audio which is available on the Internet which can be listened to by using a software player or browser which supports streaming audio. For more information, see: Tools to Record Internet Radio and Streaming Audio

An Internet Radio

An Internet Radio is a radio receiver, a piece of hardware, that is designed to receive Internet radio streams. Most Internet radios are manufactured to be used in conjunction with a local Wi-Fi, local router, or other broadband connection. For more information, see: A Buyer's Guide to Wi-Fi Internet Radio Receivers

Internet Radio in Vehicles

Visitors to share some of their creative tricks in getting streaming audio on-the-go. For more, see: How do YOU listen to Internet Radio in Your Car?