Free Online Radio Services You'll Love
Web based radio allows you to listen to online radio stations on your computer or on a mobile device. But of course, the Internet is much cooler than a radio, so Internet radio lets you do all kinds of things you can't do with regular AM, FM or satellite radio broadcasts. Here's the scoop on tuning in to Internet radio...
Tuning in Your Favorite Songs With Internet Radio
There are hundreds of traditional broadcast radio stations that simulcast their programming online. So if all you want to do is tune in a favorite station and listen all day long, that's fine. But you can do a lot more with Internet radio, such as play a specific song, artist, or genre. You can even explore new musical avenues by letting the service choose a playlist based on your likes and dislikes.
To connect to Internet radio generally all you have to do is access an Internet radio website, search for a station, genre, artist or song, and click the Play button. Here are five online radio services that each offer a little different take on connecting you with the music you like.
Pandora is a very popular Internet radio service that you can try. Pandora is unique because they use technology called the Music Genome Project, which captures the essence of music at a fundamental level, by assembling the musical attributes or "genes" (melody, harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, lyrics and vocal styles) into a Music Genome. This enables Pandora to suggest a playlist of artists and songs that you'll probably enjoy, even if you've never heard them before. I've discovered some music I really like this way.
Pandora is also well suited for mobile users. This site allows you to search for music using the artist's name or the song title. You can even search for music videos. Pandora also allows you to share your playlists and song selections with other Pandora members.
Slacker is another popular Internet radio service. It has an extensive collection of radio stations covering every genre, and it even allows you to create your own station using the site's music library. The basic version of Slacker is free, however, if you don't want to deal with banner ads and audio commercials then you can opt to upgrade to the paid version, Slacker Radio Plus. One of the best features of Slacker is that it is also mobile. There are apps for taking Slacker with you on your iPhone or Android smartphone, and even in the car.
iHeartRadio is a free online radio service that makes it easy to find streaming broadcasts of your favorite real-world radio stations. You can tune in over 1,500 live stations from across the USA including pop, talk, country, rock, news and other popular genres. Browse or search for radio stations by call letters, genre or location, then hit the scan button to find other similar stations. If you've got an Internet connection, you're no longer limited by physical or geographic access to the radio waves that carry a particular radio signal. So, for example, you could be in London, Paris, or Tokyo, and still tune in to WABC (AM 770 in New York City) to catch your favorite talk radio program.
Or if you prefer, create your own station! Similar to Slacker and Pandora, you can pick a song or artist to create your own station featuring music from that artist. Your custom station will include songs from other artists that are similar or in the same genre. The iHeartRadio catalog has millions of songs.
When you create a custom station based on an artist, you'll find a list of their top songs, a bio, and a list of albums they've released over the years. The Similar Artists tab shows other artists and bands that will appear on your station. Personalize or tweak the music that's played on your station by voting on songs.
I first discovered iHeartRadio on my smartphone. Apps are available for Android, iPhone, iPad, Amazon Echo, Google Home, gaming boxes, and pretty much any gadget that has a speaker. So you can listen at home on your desktop, on the go with a mobile device, and even in the car.
is one of the most customizable Internet radio station. SHOUTcast allows you to set up your own radio station and select a number of ways to access the station. For example, you can download a SHOUTcast toolbar for your Internet browser, you can download a widget to add to your website or blog page or you can download a free iPhone app to go mobile with SHOUTcast. Like other Internet radio stations, SHOUTcast also allows you to browse for a station via genre. This site has one of the most extensive genre station lists in the business, especially if you're looking for stations outside North America.
Live365 is yet another option that you have for a basic Internet radio station. This one allows you to select stations from a long list of genres.
AccuRadio is worth a mention because it offers thousands of hand-crafted music channels that will sound great all day long. Plus, you get unlimited skips, so you can avoid listening to Neil Young. :-)
If you love old-time radio classics, you can get your fill at The Internet Archive. CBS Radio Mystery Theater, The Whistler, Lone Ranger, and many others are preserved here.
What's YOUR Favorite Internet Radio Station?
I've mentioned a handful of the most popular web-based radio services, but there are many others to choose from. What's your favorite, or what do you like about any of the ones above?
Add to the list by posting your comments below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 13 Mar 2018
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