Internet radio is also known as the web radio is a technology where you can stream audio over the internet. The audio is broadcasted using data transmission, and this is often known as webcasting. The internet radio has a wide range of radio channels, and it also has a great sound quality.
The internet radio is accessible online, and thus you will need an internet connection to listen to live audio streams online. You don’t really have to have a radio to listen to the live audio stream; you can listen to it on your media player or even on your web browser.
Benefits of listening to internet radio:
Signals are not limited to locality:
Unlike normal FM radio, the signals are not limited to a particular locality instead you can listen to a wide range of radio stations that is broadcasted all over the world. You need not have to struggle with manually tuning the radio station or have to face an interrupted signal due to weather conditions or other signal problems.
Catching up shows which you have missed:
Internet radio allows you to listen to programmes which you have missed. You can listen to radio shows that were broadcasted even in the previous week, and in certain cases, you can even listen to radio stations that were aired in the past month.
As long as you have a proper internet connection you do not have to worry about having an interrupted signal. You can listen to high-quality audio streaming as long as your internet connection is top notch. Depending on the quality of the audio stream your data will be consumed. Some radio stations allow you even to download their shows so that you will be able to listen to your favourite show when you are offline.
Unlimited supply of music:
As the radio is connected to the internet, you will have an unlimited supply of your favourite music, and you can also listen to live events and other shows in real time.
How does it work?
Internet radio involves three pieces of software to broadcast live audio stream to the audience who are online. To start an online radio station, you will need a computer that has a soundcard and an internet connection. The encoding software sends audio signals to the radio server through your internet connection, and the encoding software compresses the audio signals for better data transfer. The server at the radio station broadcasts this audio signal via the internet, and it allows listeners from all over the world to listen to your audio stream.
Make sure that you have the adequate permission to broadcast a particular audio stream on the internet and get the copyright permissions from the respective owners if needed. As long as you have an original content then licensing would not be an issue. Otherwise, you need to ensure all the legal formalities are taken care off.