Advantages of Internet Radio Over AM/FM
Before we start it’s important to understand how Internet Radio (also known as Web Radio) works. It’s a technology that continuously transmits streaming audio over the Internet to your computer, mobile phones and some other interactive audio-visual Internet connected devices like Smart TVs. This technique of broadcasting audio using data transmission it’s what is known as streaming media.
Streaming technology is used to distribute Internet radio, typically using a lossy audio codec. Streaming audio formats include MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Windows Media Audio, RealAudio, and HE-AAC (or aacPlus). Audio data is continuously transmitted serially (streamed) over the local network or Internet in TCP or UDP packets, then reassembled at the receiver and played a second or two later. The delay is called lag, and is introduced at several stages of digital audio broadcasting.
HOW INTERNET RADIO IS DIFFERENT
Traditional radio stations are limited by the power of their station’s transmitter and the available broadcast options. They might be heard for 100 miles, but not much further, and they may have to share the airwaves with other local radio stations.
Internet radio stations don’t have these limitations, so you can listen to any Internet radio station any where you can get online. In other words, where ever there’s Internet in the world you can listen to any web station from any part of the world. In addition, Internet radio stations are not limited to audio transmissons. They have the option to share cover arts, song title and artist name, photos and links with their listeners and to form chat rooms or message boards.
Another obvious benefit of using web radio is access to thousands of radio stations that you wouldn’t normally be able to listen to due to your location. Another advantage is an almost unlimited supply of music, live events and radio shows that you can listen to in real time.
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